Wagner: Das Rheingold / John Brocheler, Graham Clark, Chris Merritt, Henk Smit, Reinhild Runkel, Albert Bonnema, Amsterdam Opera - Hartmut Haenchen (1999) [2 DVD]

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Das Rheingold' is the opening of this extraordinary production of 'The Ring' from Het Muziektheater Amsterdam, with the orchestra taking its place both in the pit and, ring-shaped, on the astonishing stage. The stage direction by Pierre Audi forges a profound unity combining the lyrical, mythical and philosophical qualities of Wagner's work. Breathtaking sets by George Tsypin, superb costumes by Oscar-winner Eiko Ishioka and the passionate performances of the soloists and Residentie Orchestra under their inspired guest conductor Hartmut Haenchen all contribute to an intense total experience that will leave a permanent impression. "The action unfolds with great immediacy and without meaningless productorial posturing such as blights Stuttgart's cycle. The drama is played straight, the mythical elements respected. Musically, this is equally promising....two discs, but with an involving documentary to compensate." -BBC Music Magazine

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Run Time: 206 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9 anamorphic, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS Surround
Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch
Country of Origin: United Kingdom



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