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Wagner: Das Rheingold [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Rene Pape, Johannes Martin Kränzle, Anna Larsson, Stephan Rugamer, Eastman Ballet Company Antwerp
  • Directors: Guy Cassiers
  • Format: Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German (DTS-HD 5.1), German (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 163 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,555 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The La Scala Rheingold in May 2010 inaugurated Guy Cassiers Ring Cycle and introduces a completely new paradigm to this work. While before him Patrice Chereau had laid his focus on a historical analysis from 1870 to 1930 Germany, Guy Cassiers' Ring unfolds from our own present-day moment; it [takes] place in 'the now,' the Jetztzeit, placing our present and our future into the context of the promises and curses that we have inherited from history.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ultrarunner on October 2, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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According to Steinberg in this Rheingold booklet,the mythic value of the Rhine,is the world before language and before meaning. The transition to the human world happens abruptly with the entrance of the first Rhine maiden,and the disruption comes as a shock. Something has been lost:the state of nature;the world before time. It is as if we had been given a momentary re-entry into a biological Eden,into our own infancy. We only understand this when it is over,and we understand this through the melancholy of loss which informs all earthly reality. What kind of human world are we in after Alberich's theft of the gold? The ring then examines three patterns of Human desire;lust,love;power;knowledge.However,Lee states" Original sinners of myth are ambivalent figures. Their primal offenses bring evil into the world but have ultimately positive effects. The wrestling of consciousness from Nature is associated with guilt,but the step had to be taken if the human race was to break with mothering Nature,keeping it unaware. The stage director and set designer Guy Cassiers views on Rhinegold and the Ring,require a lengthy explanation,so I will write the review first. I do own 10 Bluray and DVD rings,as well as Bohm,Solti,Keilberth 1955 Ring,also,the first ever recorded 1926-1932,cond Blech and Coates-Gala Vol 1&2. So I can state this Rhinegold could suit the traditionalists.

The staging is not over complicated. The Rhinemaidens have water beneath their feet and in the background. The next scene is a green rocky place. The underground is grey and red. Above ground there is a moon over the darken background,with what I think is Valhalla. When Erda comes into the scene,she stands tall above everyone else behind a dark Ultramarine background.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 2, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
The true musical merit and the importance of Das Rheingold is often underestimated or at least overlooked on account of its designation as merely the Prologue to the three parts proper of Wagner's epic Ring saga but it's essential to establish a precise balance and a vision that will propel the audience compellingly into this unique musical journey. The first part of the new Teatro alla Scala Ring, created in 2010, fulfils that remit well, with Daniel Barenboim managing proceedings with precision and drive from the orchestra pit and director Guy Cassiers fulfilling all the requirements to establish a suitable tone that fully supports the work.

I don't know what Wagner would have made of ballet being incorporated into Das Rheingold, but choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's work does help to draw out those deeper premonitory resonances within the work. In addition to the fine performance of the work on the surface level of the stage direction and the singing, the greater significance of what is being played out here is projected in abstract shimmering colours, textures and shadows on the background and in the movements of the dancers. On a straightforward level that means that there are giant-sized shadow counterparts for the giants Fasolt and Fafner, while the dancers meld together to form the Tarnhelm and its transformations, but the use of lighting, colours and abstract shimmering projections of water, rocks and gold also manage to convey a brooding mythological quality to the locations with premonitions of the dark consequences to the epic events that are about to unfold.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By THE BLUEMAHLER on August 4, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Barenboim's conducting of Wagner, always excellent to begin with, has enriched with age. His 2010 performance of the Ring is concept heavy in the best tradition, much in the same way his Tristan has become increasingly expansive. Making this even more appealing is Guy Cassier's staging, which is visually sumptuous,but hardly the best available. The blu-ray would be competitive if not for the absurd price. Buying the four operas together in this format amounts to roughly $120.00. One can get Barenboim's earlier classic Ring, staged by Harry Kupfer, on blu-ray at half the price. A number of other Ring Cycles are also available in this format for far less than this edition. Any of those are rendered preferable. This is simply not competitive solely due to pricing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juan Morales on August 19, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
At Christmas I received a copy of La Scala's Die Walkure as a gift. I thought that was one of the best productions of the opera I had ever seen. The orchestra, the singers, the staging, everything was amazing. The circle of fire scene alone was worth it! So I decided to get the other 3 operas that go with this. I just finished watching Das Rheingold and I agree with most of what has been said here already, so I am not going to repeat myself. The orchestra was amazing, the singers all at their best, but I have a few reservations about the staging. I did not have much of a problem with the dancers and thought it was rather ingenious how they are used as the helmet that helps Alberich change shapes because I have yet to see one Rheingold where the dragon (or big snake) scene is any good. I am curious to see if this will be carried through into Siegfried and specially into Gotterdamerung. My question, and this hold true with most regie productions, is do the directors read the libretto? Excuse me, but the name of the cycle is the RING of the Nibelung, NOT the GLOVE of the Nibelung! Granted a glove (a Michael Jackson glove at that) might be more visual in the theater, but they could at least put a ring on it!!! Another thing, where was Donner's hammer?? And most importantly, what the hell happened to The Rainbow Bridge? With all the spectacular projections and colors on this production I was so looking forward to that scene. Just for that I really wanted to give this 3 stars, but everything else was so good, I did not have the heart.
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