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5.0 out of 5 stars Die Walkure as it should be staged!
Die Walkure is the most popular and pleasant chapter of the ring cycle. It can be appreciated independently of the previous part (Rheingold), as Wotan provides a summary when asked by Brunhilde why would he order his beloved son Siegmund to be defeated by the evil Hunding.

The Metropolitan's 1990 ring cycle, produced by Otto Schenk and conducted by James...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful third act, shame about the wait
Having thoroughly enjoyed Rheingold (see my review), I was slightly disappointed with this production. After the splendour of Rheingold, this suddenly seemed a very normal staging. Perhaps it's not helped by the fact that Siegmund isn't a particularly strong role, at least, not here. All is redeemed by a wonderful third act, from the moment Levine's baton heralded the...
Published on 11 Dec. 2006 by D. Robinson


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5.0 out of 5 stars Die Walkure as it should be staged!, 3 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Wagner: Die Walkure -- Metropolitan/Levine [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Die Walkure is the most popular and pleasant chapter of the ring cycle. It can be appreciated independently of the previous part (Rheingold), as Wotan provides a summary when asked by Brunhilde why would he order his beloved son Siegmund to be defeated by the evil Hunding.

The Metropolitan's 1990 ring cycle, produced by Otto Schenk and conducted by James Levine, is a traditional staging, according to what Wagner meant it. The singers are first class, the best possible, while Levine and the Met's orchestra play beautifully.

The sound is excelente 5.1, the image is clear.

As a whole, this is the best traditional Walkure available in vídeo. If you like modern stagings that put the ring legend in a diferente context, other registers may please you, but this is a reference. For me, this is the best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful third act, shame about the wait, 11 Dec. 2006
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This review is from: Wagner: Die Walkure -- Metropolitan/Levine [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Having thoroughly enjoyed Rheingold (see my review), I was slightly disappointed with this production. After the splendour of Rheingold, this suddenly seemed a very normal staging. Perhaps it's not helped by the fact that Siegmund isn't a particularly strong role, at least, not here. All is redeemed by a wonderful third act, from the moment Levine's baton heralded the start of one of opera's most famous tunes, through to some special effects (at last) at the end of the piece. In between is some gorgeously sung plaintive pleading by Brunnhilde, sung by Hildegard Behrens, for me, undoubtedly the star of the show. As you'd imagine, it's a traditional staging, and well-enough done, but the time did drag a bit.
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