Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen


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Release date:

28th Sept 2009




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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Das Rheingold

John Tomlinson (Wotan), Graham Clark (Loge), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Linda Finnie (Fricka), Matthias Hölle (Fasolt), Philip Kang (Fafner), Eva Johansson (Freia), Bodo Brinkmann (Donner), Kurt Schreibmayer (Froh), Helmut Pampuc (Mime), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Jane Turner (Flosshilde)

Die Walküre

Poul Elming (Siegmund), Nadine Secunde (Sieglinde), Matthias Hölle (Hunding), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), John Tomlinson (Wotan), Linda Finnie (Fricka), Eva Johansson (Gerhilde), Ruth Floeren (Ortlinde), Shirley Close (Waltraute), Hitomi Katagiri (Schwertleite), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Helmwige), Linda Finnie (Siegrune), Birgitta Svendén (Grimgerde), Hebe Dijkstra (Rossweisse)


Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), Graham Clark (Mime), John Tomlinson (Der Wanderer), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Philip Kang (Fafner), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Hilde Leidland (Waldvogel)


Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), Philip Kang (Hagen), Bodo Brinkmann (Gunther), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Gutrune), Waltraud Meier (Waltraute), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Jane Turner (Flosshilde), Birgitta Svendén (1. Norn), Linda Finnie (2. Norn), Uta Priew (3. Norn)

Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

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Directed by Harry Kupfer, with designs by Hans Schavernoch.

This legendary Bayreuth Festival production of Wagner’s 'Der Ring des Nibelungen', directed by Harry Kupfer, with designs by Hans Schavernoch, and conducted by Daniel Barenboim, is considered perhaps the finest video recording of these four operas ever made. For their innovative modernist staging, Kupfer and his team turned away from the work’s time of origin and located The Ring at a “road of history”, a meeting-place of past, present and future, which sets the scene for the story’s struggles of power and love. Barenboim’s authoritative yet highly responsive reading of the immense score and the extraordinary performances of the cast help to make this a truly memorable Ring.

Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian (operas) - French, German, Spanish, Italian (bonus feature)

Gramophone Magazine

“If a cycle is going as well as the Harry Kupfer/Daniel Barenboim Ring was, the super-test of Götterdämmerung brings out the best in everyone… Barenboim manipulates his orchestra with Furtwänglerian virtuosity, huge rits, pauses and all, tailor-made to the stage drama. This is the strongest of Hohlfeld’s four Ring filmings. It captures the Fritz Lang-like atmosphere of terror that Kupfer gets from this work, and is at the right angles for the moving depiction of Siegfried’s death and funeral march…”

Presto Classical

James Longstaffe

March 2015

“For me the highlight of Daniel Barenboim's 1992 Bayreuth cycle is the matchless singing of John Tomlinson as Wotan, coupled with a radiant Brünnhilde from Anne Evans. Siegfried Jerusalem is movingly tender as Siegfried, and Philip Kang as Hagen is menacingly unsettling...Kupfer's production, with plentiful use of lasers, will not please everyone, but I think it's full of stunningly hypnotic imagery that blends beautifully with Wagner's music.”

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