WAGNER Götterdämmerung Boulez DVD-VIDEO

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RICHARD WAGNER

Götterdämmerung
Gwyneth Jones · Manfred Jung · Fritz Hübner
Jeannine Altmeyer · Hermann Becht
Franz Mazura · Gwendolyn Killebrew
Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Pierre Boulez
Production: Patrice Chéreau
Int. Release 09 Jun. 2005
2 DVD-Videos
2 DVD-VIDEO NTSC 0440 073 4065 3 GH 2
STEREO: PCM / SURROUND: DTS 5.1 · Picture Format: 4:3
Subtitles: German/English/French/Spanish/Chinese
A production of UNITEL, Munich
The legendary centennial Ring! Pierre Boulez and Patrice Chéreau with their breathtaking reading of Wagner's gargantuan masterpiece


Track List

DVD 1: Wagner: Götterdämmerung

Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
Götterdämmerung

1.
2:33

Pierre Boulez

Prologue

Ortrun Wenkel, Katie Clarke, Gabriele Schnaut, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Gwyneth Jones, Manfred Jung, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Erster Aufzug

6.
12:35

Franz Mazura, Fritz Hübner, Jeannine Altmeyer, Manfred Jung, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Fritz Hübner, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Gwyneth Jones, Gwendolyn Killebrew, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Gwendolyn Killebrew, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Gwyneth Jones, Gwendolyn Killebrew, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Manfred Jung, Gwyneth Jones, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Total Playing Time 1:53:07

DVD 2: Wagner: Götterdämmerung

Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
Götterdämmerung

Zweiter Aufzug

Hermann Becht, Fritz Hübner, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

2.
5:49

Manfred Jung, Fritz Hübner, Jeannine Altmeyer, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Fritz Hübner, Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Fritz Hübner, Franz Mazura, Manfred Jung, Gwyneth Jones, Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Gwyneth Jones, Manfred Jung, Franz Mazura, Hermann Becht, Jeannine Altmeyer, Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Manfred Jung, Gwyneth Jones, Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Gwyneth Jones, Fritz Hübner, Franz Mazura, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Dritter Aufzug

Norma Sharp, Ilse Gramatzki, Marga Schiml, Manfred Jung, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

10.
6:37

Manfred Jung, Fritz Hübner, Franz Mazura, Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Manfred Jung, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

13.
4:31

Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Jeannine Altmeyer, Fritz Hübner, Franz Mazura, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Gwyneth Jones, Jeannine Altmeyer, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Gwyneth Jones, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Fritz Hübner, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Pierre Boulez

Total Playing Time 2:15:27

Large's filming is totally connected to the music and acutely responsive to nuances of character . . . the cast was able to develop a degree of naturalistic acting rare for any opera telecast and surely unique in televised Wagner . . . The gain . . . is that the emphasis on intimacy throughout this "Ring" creates genuine conversations (intelligibility, by the way, is extraordinarily high) . . .

[Die Walküre:] The orchestra's technical expertise continues impressively in Act 2 and there are wonderful details, especially in the second scene (including a surpassingly lovely reprise of the 'Spring' motif). Act 3's pacing is almost unfailingly riveting . . .

[Siegfried:] The First Act's formidable technical challenges, particularly the more scampering portions of the Siegfried-Mime exchanges, are finely executed by Boulez and the orchestra . . .

[Götterdämmerung:] Through more than four hours of music, Boulez seldom loses his dramatic momentum. Even the Norns' scene, so often lugubrious, boasts a welcome tension and variety of colour . . .

[The documentary:] DG's brilliant recorded sound is hard to beat . . . the production speaks for itself.

Chéreau's approach excels in bringing out the human side of the characters in Wagner's great epic: it's hard to imagine Siegmund and Sieglinde's love being more movingly portrayed, and Donald McIntyre memorably conveys the terrible, self-induced dilemmas with which wotan has to grapple. McIntyre is very fine musically too; Gwyneth Jones's spirited Brünnhilde is also outstanding, and Peter Hofmann and Jeanine Altmeyer are unforgettable as Siegmund and Sieglinde. And for all that initial resistance, there's much lustrous and beautifully detailed orchestral playing under Boulez's direction.

What they had with the Boulez-Chéreau Ring was a brilliant televisual experience -- colourful, vivid, a mix of fantasy and high drama that was way ahead of its time in presenting singers who looked their parts in performances that managed to be both believable on the small screen and still grand enough to belong to the impossibly lofty world of opera . . . Chéreau's . . . gods were never more nor less than ordinary human beings; the great mythic tale was revealed as an exposé of the beliefs, ambitions and failings of people in our own (or, at least, Wagner's own) time . . . The second is the emotional power of the production . .. none has gone for the solar plexus like Chéreau did . . . Every quickly changing feeling in the relationship between Brünnhilde and Wotan flashes across Gwyneth Jones's face . . . and how Jones sang her heart out! Other scenes . . . are just as exciting. For so many of the singers who appeared in it . . . this "Ring" will be the recording by which they are remembered. Thirty years on it still makes my heart beat faster.