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Die Walkure (2011)

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC / Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 259 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LWG3YK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Johan Botha, Albert Dohmen, Edith Haller, and Linda Watson star in this 2010 Bayreuth Festival production of the Wagner opera conducted by Christian Thielemann.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reposted from Superconductor "A Handful of Dust" April 25, 2011
Format:DVD
This DVD of Die Walküre shot live in front of an audience at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on August 12, 2010, is a fascinating visual record of the august Wagner Festival's most recent production of Wagner's Ring, directed by German theatrical auteur Tankred Dost.

Mr. Dost, who was an 11th-hour replacement for filmmaker Lars von Trier in 2006, presents the Ring as an environmental parable, in a world shattered by the aftereffects of industrialization. Act I is set in a ruined house, with a collapsed power-line mast doubling for Wagner's oak tree. The wild mountains are an abandoned statue factory, with ghostly shapes in the gloom providing an atmospheric background. Most effective is Brunnhilde's rock: a hewn-out quarry "guarded" by a small warning sign and yellow safety tape.

These grim settings (by Frank Philip Schoßmann) aren't much to look at, but they're no more bleak than past Bayreuth stagings by Patrice Chereau (1976), Harry Kupfer (1988), and Alfred Kirchner (1994). Mr. Dost fills his sets with some interesting ideas. Silent dancers portray Hunding's baying hound dogs and Fricka's ram-drawn chariot with elaborate masks. Wotan's long monologue features an avatar of himself as the Wanderer, mourning over his soon-to-be-broken spear. Act II is occasionally interrupted by a Bowery Boys-like gang of toughs who steal a bicycle and mug some hapless old man that happens to be wandering through the battlefield.

The costume designs, by Bernd Ernst Skozig evoke the worst excesses of Rosalie, the designer who dominated the Festival's 1994 Ring. Siegmund is in a sort of muu-muu made from animal hide. Sieglinde's white dress has puffy sleeves that would scare Jerry Seinfeld. Hunding is a neo-Fascist.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid production but lacks inspiration March 31, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Traditionally, Die Walküre is seen as the start of the Ring story proper, the previous episode Das Rheingold being only a prelude, musically as well as thematically, for what is to follow. It's in Die Walküre moreover that what is seen as the human element enters into the story after the mythological struggle of dwarves, giants and gods in the first part. Personally, I'd argue that the human element is there from the first notes of Das Rheingold, the origins of the Ring being inextricably tied up in Wagner's philosophy towards the creation of a new German art form, and the expression and attainment of those highest ideals that humanity can aspire to is evident in every aspect of the mythological symbolism of the whole work, as well as in its method of operatic expression. That's perhaps a debate for another area, but in as far as it concerns this 2010 Bayreuther Festspiele production, one would have hoped to see more of the underlying humanism in the story brought out than is actually achieved here.

As if mindful of the need to relate the great struggle that continues to be fought out largely on an epic scale level to some kind of human level, Tankred Dorst introduces a few irritating and ultimately pointless elements into the staging. The opera opens with a very brief sequence showing a modern-day family, seemingly on a picnic, wandering through a deserted, semi-ruined manor house, the young boy unveiling the figure of Sieglinde and in the process setting off the retelling of the ancient myth that is to follow. In Act 2, the father sits in the background throughout, reading his newspaper, his bicycle by his side, while Wotan and Fricke carry on what I suppose could be termed a domestic argument, albeit one on which the eventual fate of all humanity depends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just for the record August 14, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
its seems to this viewer that Wagner's opera house recorded this performance of the second of the Ring Operas to have an historical record of the production and to provide a memory device as to the main principles of the cast. There are so many better versions on disc that I would recommend for the collector only
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5.0 out of 5 stars A misunderstood Die Walkure. August 20, 2011
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A review is merely an opinion.Especially, Opera which is really the suspension of disbelief. My fellow reviewers have missed the point about this rendition of Die Walkure.The Dorst Die Walkure can be considered as good as Chereau's,or the Copenhagen and Valencia's Versions of this opera.The tragedy was, that this Ring cycle has been recorded on CD, instead of on film. The idea behind this Ring was what I was looking for.

Dorst writes for the stage and has often directed his own plays. His view of this opera is the following,"he relies on myth to make his point. The gods are still among us today,only we cannot see them. We ourselves are the cyclists,newspaper readers,caretakers and tourists who occasionally people the stage,blind to higher powers and to any metaphysical dimension". A myth alive within a natural disaster. Dorst has paid tribute to the Stuttgart Ring. At the beginning of Act One, we see modern holiday makers venturing out of a run down house.One has a fishing rod. A little boy runs in and glimpses beneath the rug covering Sieglinde and leaves. This refers to the fact, that children sometimes see beyond. The sword is placed in the fallen telegraph pole. The house windows play tribute to Chereau, who has the same idea in his version.Hunding arrives with his men, wearing dogs head gear. Wotan gazes through the window, while Sieglinde, wearing a dress copied from one of Klimts paintings and Siegmund under go their love affair.Act two opens with Wotan standing on a rock,surrounded by mist,and a red clad Brunnhilde laying on his feet. It reminds me of a painting by the German Romantic painter, Caspar Friedrich.Most of the Act takes place in a dumping ground for old statues,both modern and ancient, including Soviet ones. In the background sits a man reading a paper.
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