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Catalogue No: OA0913D
Shop Product Code: 2141424
In the final part of Wagner’s epic cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Siegfried’s world descends into falsehood and betrayal before his cursed life is ended by a single spear. Fate ignites the final conflagration, which sets the world to await its new beginning.
Filmed at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu in 2004, Harry Kupfer’s stunning production, first staged in Berlin, numbers among the greatest productions of modern times and is recorded in sumptuous surround sound. New production, filmed 6th & 14th June 2004.
John Treleaven, Falk Struckmann, Günter von Kannen, Matti Salminen, Deborah Polaski, Elisabete Matos, Julia Juon, Leandra Overmann, Cristina Obregón, María Rodríguez, Francisca Beaumont
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu / Bertrand de Billy
Stage Director Harry Kupfer
ALSO AVAILABLE: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre & Siegfried
Illustrated Synopsis and Cast Gallery
‘This is the best small-screen realization of a Ring opera I have seen.’
International Record Review
‘Outstanding is Graham Clark as Loge – worth the price of this DVD alone. A superb fusion of singing, music and stagecraft making this the first in what might be the definitive Ring cycle on film...’
‘With Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, the Liceu crowned the Ring cycle with complete success at all levels, beginning with Harry Kupfer’s clever production from Berlin. Bertrand de Billy, in his last performances as music director of the theatre, enjoyed a well-deserved personal triumph.’
Opera, September 2004 (performance review)
‘Here we have an exceptional performance from Matti Salminen as Hagen. He is so good that, frankly, he steals the show. … All stops were pulled out for the magnificent final scene. Perhaps it was the magnificent staging, for the grid background that stood for the Rhine, the Rainbow Bridge and more in Das Rheingold, exploded into an orgy of "fire" effects. As if to acknowledge the return of "nature" from the sterility of technology, what appeared to be real flames leapt up. … The orchestra finally ignited musically, too, in wildly dramatic finale, all the more spectacular for being so dark and devoid of colour.’
Music Web International
‘A super-strong cast delivers Kupfer’s vision of Wagner’s largest and darkest opera with a conviction that grips from start to finish. The star turns are Deborah Polaski’s fearsomely strong, superbly acted Brünnhilde and the awesome bass-voice firepower of Matti Salminen’s Hagen: his summoning of the Gibichung vassals is a great moment. Bertrand de Billy keeps a sure grip on the music’s huge and implacable trajectory, and his orchestra plays with non-stop class.’
‘…this production by Harry Kupfer was originally seen at the Deutsche Staatsoper Unter Den Linden. Magnificently dark and disturbing, the experience Kupfer creates is long-lasting and thought-provoking. I enjoyed the Siegfried of this Ring, but this final instalment is awe-inspiring. … Polaski is of course a hugely experienced Wagnerienne and exudes confidence. Her Siegfried (John Treleaven) is lusty of voice and as a character is clearly someone who follows the emotions of the moment. … the scene climaxes naturally and impressively - Polaski's final high C is a real peach! … one is thrown into a world that, while clearly related in some respects to our own, resides in a distinctly parallel universe. It is here that Kupfer's triumph lies, in his transportation of the listener/viewer to a world that becomes eminently believable, even disturbingly familiar. Perhaps one of his aims was to appeal to the side of all of us that dwells in the world of dreams, wherein colours can be bright and heightened in vibrancy; the treatment of colours is masterly throughout. …This is in many respects a superb Götterdämmerung. …the thought-provoking production is at times a visual feast, at times deeply disturbing.’
Music Web International
‘With Götterdämmerung, Harry Kupfer’s Barcelona Ring is complete, allowing an overview of what is the most important production of recent years. There are few doubts about Kupfer’s vision, which is realised in excellent picture quality.’
’With this release, Opus Arte completes a recording of the "Ring" cycle, from Barcelona, that is one of the best available in home video. It is staged by Harry Kupfer, one of the world's best opera directors. Conductor Bertrand de Billy paces and accents the cycle tastefully. But the primary asset of this production is the casting, mostly with young performers who find acting as important as singing.’
CAT NO: OA 0913 D
FORMAT: All Formats
REGIONS: All Regions
PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 284 MINS
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
NO OF DISCS: 3
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