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A MUST for Wagner lovers, and for everyone else.,
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This review is from: Die Walkure [DVD]  (DVD)
This is the most humanly moving and poignant of Wagner's music dramas, and this is a powerful and, despite the searing tragedy of its story lines, uplifting performance.
Sieglinde and Siegmund are both beautifully sung and acted by Eva Maria Westbrock and Jonas Kaufman - the latter in particular has a stage presence enough to blow any girl's knickers off (I should guess) but all the cast are great, Bryn Terfel as Wotan, Stephanie Blythe as Fricka, Deborah Voigt as Brunhilde... they all make the dilemmas and complexites in their dialogues enthralling and never heavy going.
It's as though, in these Met. performances, Wagner is at last free of a sort of apologetic embarrassment that has tended to hang over performances of his music dramas since the second world war. Of course, with the English subtitles, it's also free of Wagner's High German, and the plot is lucid and fairly skips along: the Walkeries themselves are electrifying. Anyone who thinks Wagner leaves one feeling exhausted (as I recently heard John Eliot Gardiner suggest) should take a look - It's a MUST for Wagner lovers, but for everyone else too.