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  • Actors: Robert Gambill, Angela Denoke, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Renate Behle, Attila Jun
  • Directors: Christoph Nel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, DTS Surround Sound, Dolby, Subtitled, Anamorphic
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
  • Run Time: 229 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OQDROQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,429 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Robert Gambill, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Angela Denoke, Renate Behle, and Tichina Vaughn star star in this 2002/3 Staatsorchester Stuttgart production of the Wagner opera conducted by Lothar Zagrosek.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By harmless drudge on May 10, 2008
Format: DVD
5 stars for orchestra/conductor; 2 stars for cast; 2 stars for director; overall, 3 stars for entertainment
This performance appears to be identical to one released by TDK. It received decidedly mixed reviews, and I refer you to that posting at Amazon for other opinions. The production is from Stuttgart and is part of a Ring cycle conducted by Zagrosek with a different director for each opera. Let me begin by saying that if you are interested in a well sung Walkure and don't care to watch, then go immediately to an audio recording. None of the commercial dvd recordings are the vocal equivalent of classic recordings (both live and studio). So let's begin with the visuals. In a nutshell Act 1 left me astonished; when it worked, it was great; when it didn't, it was stupid. Act 2 left me perplexed and bored. Act 3 left me literally on the floor rolling in laughter.
Act 1: Siegmund (Gambill) looks like a younger Melchior (barrel chested and chunky); rather than a fake animal skin, he bounces about in shorts and a hoodie for most of the act. His singing, while not near a Melchior (since I brought up the comparison), is mostly up to the challnge and, despite his girth, he moves about fairly well. Sieglende (Denoke) is even better as is Hunding. What really works is the chemistry between S & S; they act as if they feel animal passion; no stand and sing for those two Unfortunately, as is often the case when directors take the Ring out of its mythological time, many details make little sense (e.g., sword pulled out of sheath held by Sieglinde, Hunding plays with a gun),
Act 2: This act is the weakest and, at times, tedious. It opens with Wotan (Rootering) dressed in a windbreaker as if he were about to go out and buy a quart of milk.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 14, 2009
Format: DVD
I am no professional musician or critic, but I have hearing different versions of Die Walküre for at least 40 years, including Karajan's, Solti's, Furtwangler's, Levine's, Boulez's, and others. So my first comment is that I enjoyed this version very much and was emotionally moved by it, which in the end is most important.

I specially like Rattle's direction and the great performance of the Berlin Philharmonic, which seems at times to sound like a chamber orchestra.

The setting is a moder one, rather minimalistic, but for once I found it acceptable. Still, I found Wotan going under the table when Brünnhilde tells him Fricka is coming absurd and out of character.

As to the singers, I liked Eva-Maria Westbroek as Sieglinde, she manages to sing and act convincingly. Robert Gambill sings with no fault that I can discern, but acts more like he was drunk than tired. Sir Willard White as Wotan is a bit more solemn than tormented, and Eva Johansson as Brünnhilde is excellent, but a bit too defiant in the final scenes. I loved Mikhail Petrenko as Hunding, he managed to scare me off, so I can imagine his tyranny over Sieglinde. Good Fricka by Lilli Paasiviki.

I highly recommend this recording.
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It's time for a Westbroek Ring - at least a full recording like Altmeyer with Dresden Orchestra!
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