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Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen [DVD]   [NTSC]
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The four operas from 'The Ring' by Richard Wagner, 'Das Rheingold', 'Die Walkure', 'Siegfried' and 'Gotterdammerung', recorded live at the Bayreuther Festspiele, with Daniel Barenboim conducting.
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These are filmed performances with no apparent audience, so the production team's concentration is wholly on the viewer watching at home. Indeed, Kupfer says that his production was intended right from the start to also be for video. So, for example, the singers sing to camera rather than to the auditorium. This is gratifying. Close-ups allow the full facial expressions of the participants to be experienced, though Kupfer says "We did our utmost to adhere faithfully to the stage performance ... If Wagner had lived a few decades later, he would have certainly have gone to Hollywood ..." The sound is excellent. The acting is excellent. The art direction - the costumes, lighting, effects, are all ... well, excellent. There are brilliantly-conceived stage transitions between scenes.
Barenboim does well at the helm of the orchestra, whose sound is often well to the fore in the sound mix. For example, in Gotterdammerung we can hear the woodwind flitter in anger as Brunnhilde berates the deceit played upon her, and in Die Walkure the opening strings display those marvellously brilliant rhythmic cuttings, and that shimmering portentous violence.Read more ›
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I can't comment on the operas as it was a gift for my boyfriend (he is very happy though).
But I am thoroughly disgusted with the cheap cardboard packaging for something that... Read more
I have checked that it is in good order and am waiting for the long winter nights to enjoy it.Published 9 months ago by RM Highland
PRODUCT WARNING: I'm afraid that I have been unable to play this set because when I try to, a message comes up which says "Incompatible TV system setting! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Peter Scott-presland
Good production and singing but not quite inspiring!. Go for the blu-ray version with the technical OTT'ness' that makes it magical!Published 13 months ago by Michael