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Wagner: Gotterdammerung


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  • Actors: Lance Ryan, Ralf Lukas, Franz-Josef Kappellmann, Matti Salminen, Jennifer Wilson
  • Directors: Carlus Padrissa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: German, French, English, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: C Major Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 307 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZCUEKM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,201 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Lance Ryan, Raff Lukas, Matti Salminen, Franz-Josef Kapellmann, Jennifer Wilson, and Elisabete Matos star in this production of the Wagner opera with Zubin Mehta conducting the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana.

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I would put them right up there with the best of any others on DVD.
harmless drudge
They are really positioning themselves to become one of the most authentic houses around.
Michael Cunningham
This 2008 performance was very beautifully filmed by Unitel and Teldex.
DesignerMan

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By harmless drudge on May 12, 2010
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Over the past couple of months I have watched this cycle in order. Although I recommend it, largely for some strong singing in the key roles and for some innovative use of projections and dancers, I also came away with the feeling that what could have been the top cycle on DVD slipped a notch or two as it progressed from Rheingold to Gotterdammerung. The most striking and unique features of this cycle are the nearly constant use of video projections as backdrops (ranging from National Geographic quality landscapes to a variety of abstractions) and the nearly constant use of a corps of dancers/extras who were on stage as plants, animals, Nibelungs, and even Valhalla itself. Some reviewers have commented that all of this activity distracted from the main action/singing. Although I appreciate that view, I found it always interesting, at times mesmerizing, and at times utterly perplexing. (For all the brilliance of the special effects and sets, I had the feeling that the director and designers were like kids locked in a candy shop of technological sweets -- they couldn't resist gorging themselves.) In any event, there is so much going on that I will resist the temptation to start listing examples. Suffice it to say that for Gotterdammerung, they have brought the saga into present times. Hagen, Gunther, Gutrune, and their minions wear modern dress (much of the time) although they are encased in odd make-up and ornamentation (more about the stupid costumes below). As in several other productions, the theme is gods/man/dwarfs as despoilers of the world with restoration through return of the ring.
Besides the nifty staging, this production also benefits from a couple of first class singers in THE roles -- Lance Ryan as Sigfried and Jennifer Wilson as Brunnhilde.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DDD VINE VOICE on April 11, 2010
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At last we have come to the final installment of the Valencia Ring. For a relative new opera house they have met the challenge on their own terms and we are all the more fortunate. This is not to say that it is the "best Ring that is available, best sung, best staged, etc. It is perhaps the most creative, but one is temped to wish that the rubric "less is more" had been invoked at any number of points along the dramatic road. Notably in the Siegfried and the Gotterdammerung. Of course anyone lucky enough to have seen these productions in the house will doubtless have a different take. Those whose admmission is by way of the DVD will have a different response.

My main gripe is with the excessive use of projections in the last two operas. In the distant shots the characters on stage can be lost. Even singers with a more dramatic presence would be absorbed in the stage picture. At times the effects work and the end result is dramatically effective. At other times it can be impossible to sort out the stage picture making viewing a muddled mess.

For reasons that are explained in the "bonus" the setting of Gotterdammerung is moved to what I suppose can be called contemporary. This does not add one whit to the the overall dramatic effect and indeed it is not used consistently. In act III, Siegfried is wearing a generic costume that looks anything but contemporary, but his dreadlocks are still missing. I should add that Ryan's best singing is at this point: the voice is steady and the emmission of tone even. I understand that he will be singing at Bayreuth this summer. Wilson certainly has the potential for being one of the best Brunnhilde's going. Her acting at this point is made up of stock gestures that one would have though were discarded decades earlier.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cunningham on March 8, 2010
This is an absolutely stunning production of Gotterdammerung presented by Valencia. They are really positioning themselves to become one of the most authentic houses around. The singers were amazing especially Matti who presented a sterling performance and Lance who had some superb moments. However, the star of the show is the American dramatic soprano Jennifer Wilson who thrills with very vocal power machine but still manages nuance, intelligence, and femininity in her output. Finally we have a real Brunnhilde again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DesignerMan on July 16, 2010
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First, this performance sounds magnificent! With Solt and Nilsson in memory, this one comes close, with a Brunnhilde of comparable power, a chorus to knock your socks off, filmed in HD-widescreen with 5.1 audio. The concept of society run aground in its polluting, soul-devouring search for more power and money are artfully presented, as if in a Cirque du Soleil performance. Yes, the costumes seem to be from some Halloween frat party, but the stage craft, video projections, acrobatics and directing seem to make sense, if not all the time. As with any art form, the observer may be thinking, "If only I had done that, I'd have done it this way, or left that out, etc." But with so many great moments here, those minor oddities can be forgiven.
Jennifer Wilson (Brunnhilde) is a vocal force on par with Nilsson. Listen to Disc 2, que #8 or the vengeance scene at #11 to hear what I thought we'd never hear again. Matti Salminen is now the definitive Hagen, in the Gottlob Frick mold.
Lance Ryan (Siegfried) certainly looks the part, and sounds good,if a bit underpowered. The diction by everyone is impeccable and clear. If you know German, you won't need the subtitles. The rest of the cast, including the Norns, Gunther and Waltraute are very capable in spite of their bizarre costumes and masks. I imagine the first thing the Rheinmaidens were asked by the Front Office was, "Can you swim?" The choral sound is huge and virile.
This brings us to the orchestra and Zubin Mehta, conductor.
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