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Die Walküre: Bayreuther Festspiele (Boulez) [DVD] [2005] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Peter Hofmann, Jeannine Altmeyer, Katie Clarke, Elisabeth Glauser, Ilse Gramatzki
  • Directors: Brian Large
  • Writers: Richard Wagner
  • Format: Classical, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2005
  • Run Time: 215 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00092ZAOA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,778 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The second part of Patrice Chéreau's groundbreaking staging of Wagner's 'Ring Cycle' at Bayreuth in 1980. Pierre Boulez conducts, while there are performances by Peter Hofmann, Matti Salminen, Gwyneth Jones and Jeannine Altmeyer.

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The Chereau-Boulez "Ring" took its lumps at the time (early 1970s), but it has worn well. It's worth remembering, I think, that the age of Wagner was coincident with or overlapped the age of Tennyson, of John Stuart Mill, of Matthew Arnold, of Marx, Carlyle, and Nietzsche -- and in all of these writers (and others besides) one finds explorations of the relations between power and freedom. Sometimes what seems to be power is mere self-will or self-indulgence, and sometimes the apparently powerful find themselves less free than they would like precisely because they are dependent of people less free than they they are. Wotan's problem is a 19th Century problem, and you don't have to get into religion or metaphysics to get at it. Good old politics and psychology will do just fine! Chereau obviously understands this, and his concept reflects it. Most importantly, he has in Boulez a conductor who moves things along with energy and clarity where needed, but with tenderness and eloquence too; and he has a cast who obviously have completely bought in to his concept and who realize it brilliantly. None of the singers will strike you as the world's greatest voices, but they are all very good, and they are splendid actors as well. The first and third Acts can be pretty statically staged and still make their effects, but they are enlivened here, and most important, the second Act is just superbly imagined and performed. The scenes between Wotan and Fricka and Wotan and Brunnhilde are gripping -- great use of simple props, mirror and chair, in the latter -- and the scenes of Sieglinde's hysteria (coming after Fricka's denunciation of her and Siegmund) and, especially the "Todesverkundigung" are deeply moving.Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous stuff! 15 July 2016
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
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The Chereau-Boulez "Ring" took its lumps at the time (early 1970s), but it has worn well. It's worth remembering, I think, that the age of Wagner was coincident with or overlapped the age of Tennyson, of John Stuart Mill, of Matthew Arnold, of Marx, Carlyle, and Nietzsche -- and in all of these writers (and others besides) one finds explorations of the relations between power and freedom. Sometimes what seems to be power is mere self-will or self-indulgence, and sometimes the apparently powerful find themselves less free than they would like precisely because they are dependent of people less free than they they are. Wotan's problem is a 19th Century problem, and you don't have to get into religion or metaphysics to get at it. Good old politics and psychology will do just fine! Chereau obviously understands this, and his concept reflects it. Most importantly, he has in Boulez a conductor who moves things along with energy and clarity where needed, but with tenderness and eloquence too; and he has a cast who obviously have completely bought in to his concept and who realize it brilliantly. None of the singers will strike you as the world's greatest voices, but they are all very good, and they are splendid actors as well. The first and third Acts can be pretty statically staged and still make their effects, but they are enlivened here, and most important, the second Act is just superbly imagined and performed. The scenes between Wotan and Fricka and Wotan and Brunnhilde are gripping -- great use of simple props, mirror and chair, in the latter -- and the scenes of Sieglinde's hysteria (coming after Fricka's denunciation of her and Siegmund) and, especially the "Todesverkundigung" are deeply moving. The movement, singing, and expressive use of costume in the latter is simply amazingly effective.

Some reviewers write as if the singers were past their best. Not so. McIntyre (Wotan) was around 40, Hoffmann, Salminen, and Jones were in their 30s, and Altmeyer was not yet 30 when this production took place. The truth is that all were good but not great voices. What matters is that they could sing AND act, and did they ever!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Opera is All About 8 Jan. 2011
By MikelMask - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow! What a great performance. I have listened to and watched numerous productions of Wagner's Ring. This performance is easily the best that I have ever seen. The sensuality of the first act, drama of the second, and finally the heartbreak and catharsis of the third provided an emotional roller coaster ride. Chereau's and Boulez's vision to place the scene outside of its normal medieval-fantasy setting made the characters all the more involving and believable. Wotan's final parting with his favorite daughter, Brunhilde, gave my goose bumps. This is an unforgettable performance that I cannot recommend any more highly.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an extremely moving Walkure 27 Sept. 2009
By Joan Sutton - Published on Amazon.com
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I first saw this Bayreuth production on TV many years ago and was overwhelmed by its beauty. Fortunately, it is available on DVD. Altmeyer and Hofmann are an unforgettable Siegmund and Sieglinde, absolutely convincing and lovely to behold. Then Gwyneth Jones is an equally beautiful Brunnhilde. If you love the Ring, this is a must for your collection!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just one thing you need to know 31 Mar. 2011
By L. Rothfork - Published on Amazon.com
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The reviews written here say "WONDERFUL!" "A solid performance!" "Superb Production!" Forget 'bout it. All you need to know is that you will be viewing Jeannine Altmeyer as "Sieglinde" in Full Screen, Surround Sound..really now..that's all you need to know...whew!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wagner - die Walküre, Bayreuth/Boulez/Chereau 13 Jun. 2009
By H. D. R. Pootjes - Published on Amazon.com
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This is by far the best Ring on DVD. It is not only a timeless production but also the choice of soloists is excellent. Die Walküre is simply my favorite opera of the Ring, Götterdämmerung being a sturdy second.
It is good to have several 'Rings' but this one is a must.
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