Richard Wagner: Die Walkure (Liceu) (Opus Arte DVD)

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Catalogue No: OA0911D
Shop Product Code: 214136H

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Publisher: Select Music

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In the second work of Wagner’s epic cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen, struggles of power mix with adulterous and incestuous love in an episode of dramatic vengeance. Filmed at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu in 2003, Harry Kupfer’s acclaimed production, first staged in Berlin, numbers among the greatest productions of modern times and is recorded in sumptuous surround sound.

Richard Berkeley-Steele, Eric Halfvarson, Falk Struckmann, Linda Watson, Deborah Polaski, Lioba Braun
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu / Bertrand de Billy
Stage Director Harry Kupfer

Illustrated Synopsis and Cast Gallery

‘Last season at the Liceu the first of two parts of “Ring of the Nibelung”, “Rhinegold” and “The Valkyrie”, were performed… Any production of this epic work is an event, and there aren’t many of them. This is an excellent version, not old-fashioned or perverse, visually a mixture of realistic and abstract, but mythic and timeless and very moving. Deborah Polaski was a fine Brunnhilde, and she continues in this role. Wotan, with a pony-tail and dark glasses, was nobly performed by Falk Struckmann. In Wotan’s “Farewell” the affection between father and daughter was most expressively sung and acted.’
Barcelona Business (performance review)

'The most recommendable DVD Ring to date builds on the early promise. Deborah Polaski’s Brünnhilde is a pretty formidable daughter, a hefty, hearty back-slapper of mature aspect. …she retains a properly powerful, incisive soprano and compelling stage presence…
As in Rheingold, the crepuscular stage is dominated by the limbs of the massive World-Ash tree, against an illuminated window-wall that provides atmospheric backgrounds, fire and so on. It’s a powerful image for the natural world, corrupted now by the metal of human technology.
It’s good to have a DVD version to recommend that’s both theatrically modern, yet true to Wagner’s directions.'
The Gramophone

‘…this is an exceptional cast, with the best Wotan and Brünnhilde that we have had for a long time on the stage, and now mercifully preserved at the peak of their powers…
Falk Struckmann… is without a doubt finer than anyone who has sung the role in the recent past - say the last 20 years. Deborah Polaski… is a mistress of the grand heroic manner, something I had almost despaired of encountering again. …she is a supreme listener. To see her while another character is singing is to be made to concentrate much more intensely oneself. A great performance. I would unhesitatingly say that this is the best visual realization of Die Walküre on DVD (or video) that I have seen…’
International Record Review

‘The cast has been carefully assembled and they work well as a team, both dramatically and musically. While each individual is experienced as a talented singer suitable to the appropriate role, there are some outstanding performances that rate special mention. Lioba Braun, for instance, is an excellent Fricka. …The Siegmund and Sieglinde, Richard Berkeley-Steele and Linda Watson, work tirelessly and effectively in carrying the drama of Act I.
Falk Struckmann is a strongly characterised Wotan who creates a more than one-dimensional response to the role, while Deborah Polaski’s interpretation of Brünnhilde generates great intensity. She remains a leading Wagnerian singer of our time, a position she has occupied for more than a decade now.’
Music Web International

CAT NO: OA 0911 D
FORMAT: All Formats
REGIONS: All Regions
RELEASED: 01/04/2005


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