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Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen / Patrice Chéreau - Pierre Boulez, Bayreuth Festival (Complete Ring Cycle) (1980)

Donald McIntyre , Fritz Hübner  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Donald McIntyre, Fritz Hübner, Hermann Becht, Ortrun Wenkel, Norma Sharp
  • Format: Box set, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Records
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OATQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen / Patrice Chéreau - Pierre Boulez, Bayreuth Festival (Complete Ring Cycle)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung

Editorial Reviews

The Twilight of Richard's Wagner masterpiece.

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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for DVD November 6, 2001
Format:DVD
No sound recording of the Ring is perfect, and with filmed recordings, there is even more to object to or defend. For a first ever release of any complete Ring on DVD, this is probably the best compromise of staging, filming, singing, and acting that one could hope for. First some technicalities.
There are seven disks across a four volume set. The sound quality is superb. It was recorded digitally and remastered for surround sound. I played it on 2-channel, and it sounded fantastic. The balance of voices and orchestra was truly ideal. The picture quality varies. The original was filmed on video, not on 'film', and it was done in 1980 or 81, so the quality of the video is not very high in some places - especially the beginning of Rheingold - but in 85% of the time, the picture quality is very good, though the colour definition could be better. If you buy the whole Ring as a set it's cheaper overall, and you get a nice cardboard sleeve that the four DVD packs all fit into.
The singing on this Ring is as good as it gets.
Gwyneth Jones sings Brunnhilde wonderfully - one of the half dozen or so singers of the century who could actually sing the role with 100% of the power it needs, and in my opinion the best (and only real) Brunnhilde since Birgit Nilsson; nor does she lack in subtlety and musicality. She is fine to watch as well and seems to take her stage performance as seriously and with as much energy as her singing. It's a wonderful thing to have her Brunnhilde in this DVD format.
Donald McIntyre sings Wotan. He has such an incredibly powerful voice, and is an excellent match to Jones's Brunnhilde, though he has moments which are rather unmusical. His acting is pretty good, but not a highlight. All things considered, he does not disappoint at all.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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There have probably been more words about this (in)famous production than about any other production, with the possible exception of the first in 1876. This is the centennial production at Bayreuth, which debuted in 1976. This particular version was made especially for video in 1980. It was made in the Festspielhaus but it is not a recorded live performance.
Patrice Chereau had never staged an opera when he was invited to produce the centennial production at Bayreuth. Legend has it that on the opening night in '76, the production was almost booed off the stage; four years later, when the production closed, there was a 45 minute standing ovation.
The best thing about this production is that it takes the drama entirely seriously, completely discarding operatic traditions including the ones that Wagner himself was explicit about. The Rhinemaidens are prostitutes, the Rhine is shown as a water processing plant. In Rhinegold, the actors are dressed in 18th century gear - powdered wigs, etc. By the time we get to Gotterdaemmerung, the characters are in early 20th century evening dress. This is an a-historical production, though. There is never any sense of moving forward in time - this is evident from the first two scenes of Rhinegold: The Rhinemaiden scenes are post-industrial; the gods have powdered wigs, while Alberich, et al. look indistinctly late 19th century. Walkure and Siegfried are similarly unanchored in time - it could be the 15th century; it could be the year your mother was born.
As to the singing, it ranges from satisfactory to excellent. Without running through the whole cast, suffice it to say that the principles are satisfying.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of an Imperfect List June 9, 2002
Format:DVD
No sound recording of the Ring is perfect, and with filmed recordings, there is even more to object to or defend. For a first ever release of any complete Ring on DVD, this is probably the best compromise of staging, filming, singing, and acting that one could hope for. First some technicalities.
These disks (there are seven disks across a four volume set) are NTSC, not PAL. The regional coding is '0' (universal). So your TV and DVD player have to be NTSC compatible (I think most are anyway). The sound quality is superb. It was recorded digitally and remastered for surround sound. I played it on 2-channel, and it sounded fantastic. The balance of voices and orchestra was truly ideal. The picture quality varies. The original was filmed on video, not on 'film', and it was done in 1980 or 81, so the quality of the video is not very high in some places - especially the beginning of Rheingold - but in 85% of the time, the picture quality is very good, though the colour definition could be better. If you buy the whole Ring as a set it's cheaper overall, and you get a nice cardboard sleeve that the four DVD packs all fit into.
The singing on this Ring is as good as it gets.
Gwyneth Jones sings Brunnhilde wonderfully - one of the half dozen or so singers of the century who could actually sing the role with 100% of the power it needs, and in my opinion the best (and only real) Brunnhilde since Birgit Nilsson; nor does she lack in subtlety and musicality. She is fine to watch as well and seems to take her stage performance as seriously and with as much energy as her singing. It's a wonderful thing to have her Brunnhilde in this DVD format.
Donald McIntyre sings Wotan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Now on Deutsche Grammophon DVD set!
This groundbreaking Chereau/Boulez Ring DVD set is now available from Deutsche Grammophon, and purchasable here on Amazon: The Ring of the Nibelung: Das Rheingold / Die... Read more
Published on June 19, 2009 by Aanel Victoria
1.0 out of 5 stars Twilight Of Wagner's Masterpiece: A Classic Butchered
ABOUT THIS DVD: Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen Director Pierre Chareau, Conductor Pierre Boulez Centennial Bayreuth Opera production. Read more
Published on March 20, 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Comming Back!
It is interesting to note that Deutsche Grammophon will be

issuing this DVD set on it's label within the next few months. Read more
Published on June 11, 2005 by Neaklaus
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best opera dvds
Can't make any detailed analysis. But I'd say that it's one of the very best dvds that I've come across. Read more
Published on July 19, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Won over by it
I agree with most of Brian Hay's assessment of this dvd production. Nevertheless, I've perhaps derived even more pleasure from it, as it has completely changed my previous... Read more
Published on April 30, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A Ring Cycle for the Ages
At this writing this edition is out of stock. I only hope it isn't out of print. That would be a crime. Read more
Published on April 13, 2004 by Brian J Hay
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and riveting performance
This DVD recording has given me so much pleasure! Although it is often said that the standard of Wagnerian singing has declined a lot over the years, what I heard on this recording... Read more
Published on October 23, 2003 by Charles Grey
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilled by what I see and hear
I found this dvd release to be very enjoyable. Honestly, I know little about the performance history of this opera cycle and the ideology behind Wagner's music dramas. Read more
Published on July 14, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A successful production concept with fine performances
This production will not appeal to those who prefer a traditional approach in staging Wagner's masterpiece. Read more
Published on June 9, 2003 by Leila Hursh
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating viewing
This is not a flawless performance or production. However, what makes it so fascinating is the innovative (but never too wild) production concept as well as the dedication of the... Read more
Published on April 10, 2003 by John Peiris
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