WAGNER Götterdämmerung Levine DVD-VIDEO

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RICHARD WAGNER

Götterdämmerung
Deborah Polaski · Wolfgang Schmidt
Anne Schwanewilms · Falk Struckmann
Eric Halfvarson · Hanna Schwarz
Bayreuther Festspiele · James Levine
Staged by Alfred Kirchner
Int. Release 02 Jul. 2007
2 DVD-Videos
2 DVD-VIDEO NTSC 0440 073 4340 1 GH 2
STEREO: PCM / SURROUND: DTS 5.1 · Picture Format: 4:3
Subtitles: German/English/French/Spanish/Chinese
A production of UNITEL, Munich
Levine conducts Götterdämmerung at Bayreuth – a first-time release on any format


Liste de titres

DVD 1: Wagner: Götterdämmerung

Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
Götterdämmerung

Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Prologue

Frances Ginzer, Yvonne Naef, Birgitta Svenden, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Deborah Polaski, Wolfgang Schmidt, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Erster Aufzug

7.
7:23

Anne Schwanewilms, Falk Struckmann, Eric Halfvarson, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Wolfgang Schmidt, Falk Struckmann, Eric Halfvarson, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Anne Schwanewilms, Wolfgang Schmidt, Falk Struckmann, Eric Halfvarson, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Eric Halfvarson, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Deborah Polaski, Hanna Schwarz, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Deborah Polaski, Wolfgang Schmidt, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Durée totale de lecture 2:06:10

DVD 2: Wagner: Götterdämmerung

Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
Götterdämmerung

Zweiter Aufzug

Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Eric Halfvarson, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

2.
6:16

Anne Schwanewilms, Wolfgang Schmidt, Eric Halfvarson, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Eric Halfvarson, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Deborah Polaski, Wolfgang Schmidt, Falk Struckmann, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Deborah Polaski, Anne Schwanewilms, Wolfgang Schmidt, Falk Struckmann, Eric Halfvarson, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Deborah Polaski, Wolfgang Schmidt, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Deborah Polaski, Falk Struckmann, Eric Halfvarson, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Dritter Aufzug

Joyce Guyer, Sarah Fryer, Jane Turner, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Joyce Guyer, Sarah Fryer, Jane Turner, Wolfgang Schmidt, Eric Halfvarson, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Wolfgang Schmidt, Falk Struckmann, Eric Halfvarson, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Wolfgang Schmidt, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

14.
5:57

Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Anne Schwanewilms, Falk Struckmann, Eric Halfvarson, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Deborah Polaski, Anne Schwanewilms, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Deborah Polaski, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Deborah Polaski, Eric Halfvarson, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, James Levine

Durée totale de lecture 2:28:49

This release is not only a surprise in itself -- that it has happened at all -- but a pleasant one . . . There is a fine surging Rhine Journey, the brass playing as they do throughout with enormous stamina and warmth of tone . . . The trio of Gibichungs is strong: a warm-voiced, almost radian Gutrune from Anne Schwanewilms; . . . [a] dignified Gunther from Falk Struckmann, showing what a fine voice he had . . . and a traditionally sinister, horribly jovial Hagen from Eric Halfvarson . . . The scene with Siegfried . . . goes well. So does Brünnhilde's great confrontation with Waltraute, the imposing and passionate Hanna Schwarz . . . The end of the act is powerfully done, Schmidt disguising his voice cleverly . . . Act 3 is musically glorious and dramatically adequate . . . Schmidt here shows himself to be an enchanting Siegfried, plausibly flirtatious with the Rhine daughters, then really moving and fresh in the great narration . . . No Siegfried I have ever heard has sung the Woodbird's music as well as he does, especially the 'Hei!' with which each quotation begins. The realization that it was Brünnhilde he found on the mountain top, and the way he apostrophizes her after Hagen has stabbed him, are extraordinarily well realized . . . The final scene shows Polaski at her best, but her whole performance is superb. She is in steady, strong voice, her commitment is as great as it always is, and she has a vivid sense of what the role means . . . she conveys the huge range of emotions in this last stretch with unerring insight, and I was more moved by the whole last act than I have been for years . . .

. . . I've enjoyed this plain, powerful, finely recorded reading more than its DVD competitors.

. . . [Deborah Polaski's] character is developed convincingly from a dramatic standpoint. Hers is a performance that highlights the wisdom Brünnhilde has gained, rather than heroic nobility or selfless love . . . Erik Halvarson is enormously menacing as Hagen and Ekkehard Wlaschiha is one of the best Alberichs of recent decades . . . The cinematography is excellent . . . A "Götterdämmerung" worth considering for Rosalie's flights of fancy and Jimmy's dramatic intensity.

This is a score that James Levine inhabits totally . . . Levine draws on a huge palette of instrumental colors, and the sound is spectacular from both stage and pit, with the house's legendary acoustics allowing both clarity and with to emerge from the orchestral texture. Climaxes are fully realized without ever covering the voices, while intimate moments still have presence and immediacy. The recorded audio quality is superb . . . there are some compelling performances, especially from Deborah Polaski and Erik Halfvarson, in top vocal form as Brünnhilde and Hagen. These great singing actors command the opera from both sides of the good-and-evil spectrum, and they are the structural pillars of the show. Polaski sings not only powerfully but beautifully; she is a warm, generous performer and shares an emotional journey that is both majestic and touching. . . . Polaski's sincerity and genuine reactions nearly steal the moment . . . Towering over the Gibichung scenes as a complex, darkly fascinating force is Halfvarson's Hagen, in black leather and with a shaved head accentuating his expressive eyes. The Act I monologue (Hagen's Watch) is a layered performance of tenderness, triumph, envy and brooding that balances Polaski's controlled and intelligently paced immolation scene.

Deborah Polaski offers an affecting, securely-sung Brünnhilde . . . the voice responds impressively to the demands of the role . . . As Siegfried, Wolfgang Schmidt gives the kind of solid, workaday performance we expect from him. Eric Halvarson's fine Hagen has the requisite blackness of tone and plenty of menace. Anne Schwanewilms and Falk Struckmannare excellent as the Gibichung siblings; her Gutrune is especially vivid in reacting to events in Act 3 . . . The undulating Rhein theme following the opening two chords serves notice of James Levine's predilection for slow tempos . . . the orchestra sounds magnificent.

. . . [Gudrun Müller] hatte verwirrend schöne Bilder geschaffen . . . Hinreißend, wie sie Alltagsdinge zu fantasievollsten Gebilden formte . . . James Levine dirigiert einen traditionell-opulenten "Ring" mit bemerkenswert breiten Tempi. Deborah Polaski meistert die Brünnhilde insgesamt souverän, Wolfgang Schmidt . . . disponiert den Siegfried klug. Daneben fällt Anne Schwanenwilms als vokal wie physisch attraktive Gutrune auf, auch Falk Struckmann (Gunther) und Eric Halvorsen (Hagen) überzeugen.

. . . [Gudrun Müller] hatte verwirrend schöne Bilder geschaffen . . . Hinreißend, wie sie Alltagsdinge zu fantasievollsten Gebilden formte . . . James Levine dirigiert einen traditionell-opulenten "Ring" mit bemerkenswert breiten Tempi. Deborah Polaski meistert die Brünnhilde insgesamt souverän, Wolfgang Schmidt . . . disponiert den Siegfried klug. Daneben fällt Anne Schwanenwilms als vokal wie physisch attraktive Gutrune auf, auch Falk Struckmann (Gunther) und Eric Halvorsen (Hagen) überzeugen.

. . . un triomphe: James Levine avance avec une aisance, une hauteur de vue, un souffle qui le placent une nouvelle fois parmi les plus grands chefs wagnériens de sa génération.