WAGNER Ring des Nibelungen Levine DVD-V

RICHARD WAGNER

Der Ring des Nibelungen · The Ring of the Nibelung:
Das Rheingold · Die Walküre
Siegfried · Götterdämmerung
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
James Levine
Production: Otto Schenk
Set and Projection Design: Günther Schneider-Siemssen
Costumes: Rolf Langenfass · Lighting: Gil Wechsler
Int. Release 01 Oct. 2002
7 DVD-Videos
0440 073 0439 6
7 DVD-VIDEO NTSC 0440 073 0439 6 GH 7
STEREO: PCM / SURROUND: Dolby Digital 5.1 & DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 4:3
Subtitles: German/English/French/Spanish/Chinese
A production of Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc.


Track List

DVD 1: Wagner: Das Rheingold

Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
Das Rheingold, WWV 86A

1.
2:22

James Levine

2.
4:48

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Scene 1

Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Kaaren Erickson, Diane Kesling, Meredith Parsons, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Kaaren Erickson, Diane Kesling, Meredith Parsons, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Kaaren Erickson, Diane Kesling, Meredith Parsons, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Scene 2

Christa Ludwig, James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Mari Anne Häggander, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Christa Ludwig, James Morris

Mari Anne Häggander, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, James Morris, Matti Salminen, Mark Baker, Alan Held, Christa Ludwig, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

10.
3:30

James Morris, Siegfried Jerusalem, Christa Ludwig, Mark Baker, Alan Held, Matti Salminen, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

James Morris, Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, James Morris, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Matti Salminen, Christa Ludwig, Alan Held, Mark Baker, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

James Levine, Mari Anne Häggander, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Matti Salminen, James Morris, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Mark Baker, Alan Held

Siegfried Jerusalem, Christa Ludwig, Alan Held, Mark Baker, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Christa Ludwig, James Morris, Siegfried Jerusalem, Alan Held, Mark Baker, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Scene 3

Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Heinz Zednik, Siegfried Jerusalem, James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

17.
7:26

Siegfried Jerusalem, Heinz Zednik, James Morris, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Ekkehard Wlaschiha, James Morris, Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Siegfried Jerusalem, James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

21.
5:02

Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Scene 4

Siegfried Jerusalem, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Siegfried Jerusalem, James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Mark Baker, Alan Held, Christa Ludwig, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, James Morris, Matti Salminen, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Mari Anne Häggander, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Matti Salminen, Siegfried Jerusalem, James Morris, Christa Ludwig, Mark Baker, Alan Held, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Mari Anne Häggander, Birgitta Svenden, James Morris, Christa Ludwig, Mark Baker, Alan Held, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Siegfried Jerusalem, Matti Salminen, James Morris, Christa Ludwig, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Alan Held, Mark Baker, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

James Morris, Christa Ludwig, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Kaaren Erickson, Diane Kesling, Meredith Parsons, James Morris, Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Total Playing Time 2:41:16

DVD 2: Wagner: Die Walküre

Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
Die Walküre, WWV 86B

James Levine

Act 1

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Act 1

Gary Lakes, Jessye Norman, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Jessye Norman, Kurt Moll, Gary Lakes, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Gary Lakes, Kurt Moll, Jessye Norman, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Kurt Moll, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Gary Lakes, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Gary Lakes, Jessye Norman, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Jessye Norman, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Gary Lakes, Jessye Norman, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Gary Lakes, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Jessye Norman, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Gary Lakes, Jessye Norman, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Act 2

16.
2:25

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Hildegard Behrens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Christa Ludwig, James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

James Morris, Christa Ludwig, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Hildegard Behrens, Christa Ludwig, James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Hildegard Behrens, James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

James Morris, Hildegard Behrens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Hildegard Behrens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Gary Lakes, Jessye Norman, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Jessye Norman, Gary Lakes, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Hildegard Behrens, Gary Lakes, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Gary Lakes, Hildegard Behrens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Gary Lakes, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Jessye Norman, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Jessye Norman, Kurt Moll, Gary Lakes, Hildegard Behrens, James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Total Playing Time 2:45:36

DVD 3: Wagner: Die Walküre

Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
Die Walküre, WWV 86B

Act 3

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Pyramid Sellers, Martha Thigpen, Joyce Castle, Katarina Ikonomu, Diane Kesling, Jacalyn Bower, Wendy Hillhouse, Sondra Kelly, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Hildegard Behrens, Martha Thigpen, Joyce Castle, Sondra Kelly, Katarina Ikonomu, Diane Kesling, Wendy Hillhouse, Jacalyn Bower, Pyramid Sellers, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Jessye Norman, Hildegard Behrens, Joyce Castle, Sondra Kelly, Katarina Ikonomu, Diane Kesling, Wendy Hillhouse, Jacalyn Bower, Pyramid Sellers, Martha Thigpen, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Hildegard Behrens, Jessye Norman, James Morris, Sondra Kelly, Katarina Ikonomu, Diane Kesling, Wendy Hillhouse, Jacalyn Bower, Pyramid Sellers, Martha Thigpen, Joyce Castle, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

James Morris, Sondra Kelly, Katarina Ikonomu, Diane Kesling, Wendy Hillhouse, Jacalyn Bower, Pyramid Sellers, Martha Thigpen, Joyce Castle, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Hildegard Behrens, James Morris, Katarina Ikonomu, Diane Kesling, Wendy Hillhouse, Jacalyn Bower, Pyramid Sellers, Martha Thigpen, Joyce Castle, Sondra Kelly, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Hildegard Behrens, James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

James Morris, Hildegard Behrens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Hildegard Behrens, James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

14.
8:05

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Total Playing Time 1:16:16

DVD 4: Wagner: Siegfried

Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
Siegfried, WWV 86C

1.
1:48

Unknown

Act 1

2.
4:42

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Heinz Zednik, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Heinz Zednik, Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Heinz Zednik, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Heinz Zednik, Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Heinz Zednik, James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

James Morris, Heinz Zednik, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Heinz Zednik, Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Heinz Zednik, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Heinz Zednik, Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Act 2

21.
6:23

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Ekkehard Wlaschiha, James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Ekkehard Wlaschiha, James Morris, Matti Salminen, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Heinz Zednik, Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Act 2

Siegfried Jerusalem, Matti Salminen, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Act 2

Matti Salminen, Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Dawn Upshaw, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Heinz Zednik, Siegfried Jerusalem, Dawn Upshaw, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Heinz Zednik, Siegfried Jerusalem, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Dawn Upshaw, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Total Playing Time 2:44:59

DVD 5: Wagner: Siegfried

Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
Siegfried, WWV 86C

Act 3

1.
2:10

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

James Morris, Birgitta Svenden, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Birgitta Svenden, James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

James Morris, Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Hildegard Behrens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

16.
4:57

Hildegard Behrens, Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Hildegard Behrens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Hildegard Behrens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Hildegard Behrens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Hildegard Behrens, Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Total Playing Time 1:25:49

DVD 6: Wagner: Götterdämmerung

Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
Götterdämmerung, WWV 86D

1.
2:23

Unknown

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Prologue

Gweneth Bean, Joyce Castle, Andrea Gruber, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Hildegard Behrens, Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Hildegard Behrens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Act 1

Anthony Raffell, Matti Salminen, Hanna Lisowska, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Matti Salminen, Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Matti Salminen, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Anthony Raffell, Matti Salminen, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Hanna Lisowska, Siegfried Jerusalem, Anthony Raffell, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Anthony Raffell, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Anthony Raffell, Matti Salminen, Hanna Lisowska, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Matti Salminen, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Hildegard Behrens, Christa Ludwig, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Christa Ludwig, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

20.
6:52

Christa Ludwig, Hildegard Behrens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

21.
3:01

Hildegard Behrens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Hildegard Behrens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Total Playing Time 2:05:17

DVD 7: Wagner: Götterdämmerung

Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
Götterdämmerung, WWV 86D

Act 2

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Matti Salminen, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Matti Salminen, Hanna Lisowska, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Matti Salminen, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Anthony Raffell, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

7.
6:45

Siegfried Jerusalem, Hildegard Behrens, Matti Salminen, Anthony Raffell, Hanna Lisowska, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Hildegard Behrens, Anthony Raffell, Siegfried Jerusalem, Hanna Lisowska, Matti Salminen, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Siegfried Jerusalem, Hildegard Behrens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Hildegard Behrens, Matti Salminen, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Anthony Raffell, Matti Salminen, Hildegard Behrens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Act 3

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Kaaren Erickson, Diane Kesling, Meredith Parsons, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Meredith Parsons, Diane Kesling, Kaaren Erickson, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

16.
3:45

Siegfried Jerusalem, Matti Salminen, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Siegfried Jerusalem, Anthony Raffell, Matti Salminen, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Siegfried Jerusalem, Matti Salminen, Anthony Raffell, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Siegfried Jerusalem, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Hanna Lisowska, Matti Salminen, Anthony Raffell, Hildegard Behrens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Hildegard Behrens, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Hildegard Behrens, Matti Salminen, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Total Playing Time 2:33:14

The Met cycle has plenty of strong points. It's the only (video-recorded) one Wagner would have recognised -- no small consideration. Otto Schenk and his designer Gunther Schneider-Siemssen preserve the Romantic imagery, often beautifully, as Brian Large's cameras reveal. This set can also claim musical superiority. Levine's monumental approach does bring out the "Ring's" sheer beauty and grandeur. Both Brünnhildes are splendid, spirited and deeply moving.

DVD's second "Ring cycle" deserves a warm welcome, however qualified . . . the Met cycle has plenty of strong points . . . This set can also claim musical superiority . . . Levine's cast is superior . . .

DVD's second Ring cycle deserves a warm welcome . . . It's the only one Wagner would have recognized . . . director Otto Schenk and designer Gunther Schneider-Siemssen preserve the Romantic imagery, often beautifully . . . This set can also claim musical superiority . . . [Brünhilde by Hildegard Behrens is] splendid, spirited and deeply moving . . . "Siegfried" is visually and musically the best, with Levine at his liveliest . . . [Siegfried Jerusalem] carries off the forging and lyrical scenes with credit . . . Levine's expansiveness suits "Götterdämmerung", which opens with a powerful trio of Norns and a radiant Dawn duet . . .

Die New Yorker Metropolitan Oper mit ihrer erzkonservativen Sicht [muss] einen vorderen Platz in der Rangliste der vollendeten "Ringe" einnehmen. Vermutlich hat in der langen Rezeptionsgeschichte von Wagners Tetralogie kein Opernhaus die Szenenanweisungen so liebevoll, so groß dimensioniert, so spektakulär und so perfekt umgesetzt wie die Metropolitan Opera - und sich damit einen Spitzenplatz verdient. ... ein durchaus die Sinne verführendes Ergebnis der Zusammenarbeit zwischen Otto Schenk (Regie), Günther Schneider-Siemssen (Bühnenbild), Rolf Langenfass (Kostüme) und Gil Wechsler (Beleuchtung). ... Aber noch aus einem anderen Grund müssen (nicht nur!) Wagnerianer der Deutschen Grammophon dankbar sein, den bereits auf VHS und Laserdisc veröffentlichten "Ring" nun auch auf DV D herausgebracht zu haben, denn es wurde auch die akustische Seite klanglich noch einmal deutlich aufgebessert. Ganz im Sinne des luxuriösen Klangbilds lässt James Levine das Orchester der Metropolitan Opera üppig aufspielen. Ein sängerisches Naturereignis ist die Sieglinde von Jessye Norman. Hildegard Behrens ... findet überwiegend zu jener Intensität, die eine authentische Brünnhilde charakterisiert. Ähnliches gilt für ihren Bühnenpartner Siegfried Jerusalem. Matti Salaminen (Fafner, Hagen) wird nicht nur Bildregisseur Brian Large begeistert haben, der wohl den bösesten Hagen der Operngeschichte eingefangen hat.