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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / de Billy/Gran Teatre del Liceu [11 DVD]

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This production of 'The Ring of Nibelung' is based on the new 'Complete Edition' of the works of Richard Wagner. Performed at Barcelona's beautiful Gran Teatre del Liceu, it blends the lyrical, mythical and philosophical qualities of Wagner's work into a profound unity. Producer Harry Kupfer sees the cycle as a parable of humanity's destructive greed and nature ravaged by human technology. Kupfer's vision is realized in the stark, semi-abstract sets and direction. Kupfer uses the theatre's advanced stage machinery to effortlessly move among the Valhalla of the gods, the earth and the Nibelung's underworld realm, creating a vigorous, almost intimate performance.

This 11-DVD set documents the 2004 staging of Wagner's Ring cycle at Barcelona's beautiful Gran Teatre del Liceu, a production first seen at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. The producer, eminent Wagnerian Harry Kupfer, sees the cycle as a parable of man's destructive greed and Nature ravaged by man's technology. Kupfer's vision is realized in the stark, semi-abstract sets and direction. The World ash-tree from which the god Wotan wrenches the spear that symbolizes his mastery of the world dominates the stage picture in the early operas, withering in the later ones. Kupfer uses the theatre's advanced stage machinery to effortlessly move among the Valhalla of the gods, the earth, and the Nibelung's underworld realm. A grid screen backdrop changes to suit the action, with projections and Franz Peter David's lighting reflecting off the mirror-like stage surface. So the bridge the gods traverse to reach their new castle in Valhalla in Das Rheingold is indicated here by vertical lights on the backdrop, while the ring of fire that protects the sleeping Brunnhilde on her mountaintop in Die Walküre is accomplished by red bands of light whose glow is reflected onto the stage itself.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 939 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Catalan and Italian



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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
  • Performers: Lioba Braun (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Clark (Tenor); Falk Struckmann (Baritone); Günter von Kannen (Bass); Kwangchul Youn (Bass)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
  • Performers: Richard Berkeley-Steele (Tenor); Lioba Braun (Mezzo Soprano); Eric Halfvarson (Bass); Deborah Polaski (Soprano); Falk Struckmann (Baritone); Linda Watson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
  • Performers: Andrea Bonig (Soprano); Graham Clark (Tenor); Eric Halfvarson (Bass); Cristina Obregon (Soprano); Deborah Polaski (Soprano); Falk Struckmann (Baritone); John Treleaven (Tenor); Günter von Kannen (Bass)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
  • Performers: Francisca Beaumont (Mezzo Soprano); Julia Juon (Mezzo Soprano); Elisabete Matos (Mezzo Soprano); Cristina Obregon (Soprano); Leandra Overmann (Mezzo Soprano); Deborah Polaski (Soprano); María Rodríguez (Soprano); Matti Salminen (Bass); Falk Struckmann (Baritone); John Treleaven (Tenor); Günter von Kannen (Bass)
  • Conductor: Bertrand De Billy
  • Ensemble: Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1861-1874