In the prologue to Richard Wagner’s giant masterpiece, Der Ring des Nibelungen, the beginnings of an epic journey unfold when Alberich seizes the ring of gold, its awesome power unleashing an unstoppable story of deceit, destruction, death and transfiguring love.
Filmed at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu in 2004, Harry Kupfer’s stunning production, first staged in Berlin, numbers among the greatest productions of modern times and is recorded in sumptuous surround sound.
Sung in German, with English, French, German, Spanish, Catalan and Italian subtitles.
This is a 2 DVD set!
EXTRA FEATURES: • Cast Gallery • Illustrated Synopsis
"This Rheingold is the first in the series. The pedigree of this cast is in no doubt. Graham Clark, Gunther von Kannen and Falk Struckmann are all Ring veterans. The producer, Harry Kupfer also needs no introduction…
The first Act is stunning. The singing was effective, too, high spirited and seductive as it should be…
Nonetheless, it is the music we come back to, again and again. Absolutely outstanding is Graham Clark as Loge. Clark sings and moves with snakelike venom, evoking yet another primeval tale with resonance to this reading of the Ring. He alone is worth the price of this DVD, for he is one of the immortal Loges.
The rest of the cast are strong, too. Gunter von Kannen is a powerful, hypnotic Alberich, whose voice conveys a sense of strength and authority which makes his curse on the Ring convincing…
…recorded in "surround sound" this is a musically satisfying experience…It may well prove to be the definitive Ring cycle on film." - Anne Ozorio, Music Web International
Falk StruckmannWolfgang Rauch
Gunter von Kannen
Composer: Richard Wagner
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Musical Director: Betrand de Billy
Stage Director: Harry Kupfer
Set Design: Hans Schavernoch
Costume Design: Reinhard Heinrich
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