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Wagner: The World Of The Ring [Blu-ray] [2013]

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Product details

  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Nov. 2013
  • Run Time: 359 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,111 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Documentary exploring Richard Wagner's famous cyle of operas.

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I had the fortune to be introduced to the music of Wagner when I was 14 years of age, and immediately loved the music, albeit in small doses for a number of years (Overtures, Entry of the Gods into Valhalla, Forest Murmurs, Siegfried's Rhine Journey etc., all without vocals). Gradually, I acclimatised to hearing some singing, although I at first felt that it spoiled the sound !
After hearing some of the Decca/Solti Siegfried, I bought it complete on LP, and subsequently have purchased the Bayreuth/Boulez and Solti complete 'Rings' on CD, and also now DVD versions by Chereau/Boulez, Kupfer/Barenboim,Pierre Audi/Haenchen, and Mehta/La Fuera dels Baus, and so have gradually got to grips with the detail of this multi-layered masterpiece. Also,having read over 25 books on Wagner, I do feel that a deeper understanding of The Ring's extraordinary power and magic is at last being attained, but never have I encountered such a detailed and enjoyable sound and vision exposition of the work as on these DVDs. Not only do I have a clearer understanding of the 'storyline', explained as it is by Elke Heidenreich, but have a greater understanding of the political and metaphysical aspects, and, also, (and most importantly), a greater understanding of the music itself, thanks to Christian Thielemann's verbal insights and impassioned conducting, and Stefan Mickisch's revelatory comments and piano expositions of the many leitmotifs in this vast work. So much that I have intuitively gleaned over the years has now been articulated and expressed with such clarity that I am beginning to understand it all at last (I think!). I thank the previous reviewer for prompting me to buy this DVD, as I feel that that learning from it has never been more enjoyable !
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These four documentaries last six hours and each opera is illustrated by numerous music examples played on the piano by Stefan Mickisch.Also,Christian Thielmann rehearsing the Vienna State opera orchestra for the 2011 Ring cycle,production Sven-Eric Bechtolf.Here you see the conductor as an engaging Man,using humour,inspiring his orchestra,and fully engaged with Wagner's Ring.There are excerpts from Chereau's Ring cycle, Boulez, conductor,Bayreuth festival Orchestra 1979-1980. Harry Kupfer Bayreuth orchestra, conductor Daniel Barenboim 1991-1992.Valencia Ring Cycle,production La Fura dels Baus,conductor Zubin Metha.Informative comments by Stefan Mickisch, Piano,who also plays the Leitmotiv's to illusrate a point. Udo Bermbach political scientist,Dieter Borchmeyer literary scholar, Friederich Dieckmann writer,Laurence Dreyfus Musicologist,Elke Heidenreich journalist, who explains the outline of each opera and asks Thielemann questions,Stephan Mosch musicologist. Spoken in German,English Subtitles.All Regions. 10801 16.9.Stereo only.Sound good.

I shall use the actual words from this documentary to give you an idea of what it is like.The comments are not just a synopsis of the opera,but explain parts of Wagner's life,his thoughts on the Ring and why he wrote the Ring the way he did,and touches on philosophy.I have been interested in the Ring for over 5o years. I have 11 DVD and Bluray Ring cycles,as well as the Solti,1955 Keilberth,1966 Bohm,1950 Furtwangler La Scala Ring Cycles with Flagstad,plus the 1926-1932 cycle cond Coates and Blech with Leider,Easton,Austral,Schorr,Melchoir.
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By ziggy_fan TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2014
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Excellent comprehensive approach, with parallels to what the cycle means also in terms of socio-political commentary. The musical analysis is very interesting, but not pedantic; the complexities of the leitmotif interplay and development as the piece progresses is fascinating - something which is often subliminal in its effect on the listener, but it adds an extra layer of understanding by seeing it explained with musical fragments, rehearsal scenes and references to some of the classic productions captured on film.

The only criticism is that unlike what it says in the listing on Amazon, the DVD spoken language is in fact all German in the first film (Rheingold), there are subtitles, but unless you know this and adjust the set up before you start playing the program, you will start off a bit lost because the first thing you get is someone speaking to the camera/interviewer instead of musical or production scene. So unless you speak German, you then need to find your subtitle settings and start again from the beginning.

The discs' menu options are in English.
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