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The Copenhagen Ring: The Complete DVD Set
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One Ring cycle I can recommend heartily musically satisfying, dramatically engaging and full of memorable imagery. --Opera Now
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The production begins with a gory "Das Rheingold." Wagner's romanticism largely falls by the wayside, but of course that is the case with most contemporary Rings. (Can it be doubted that ours is a thoroughly unromantic age?) Now, there is something to be said for emphasizing the dark side of Wagner's work. The composer himself spoke of the "ghostly fifths" that he found so eerie as a child. He often recalled the thrilling Wolf's glen scene in Weber's Der Freischutz, which made such a frightening impression on his young imagination. He even described some of his own music for the Ring -- specifically, music he wrote for the villian, Hagen -- as "demonic . . . annihilatory syncopations . . . a concert for toads, crows, and ravens." One of the problems with this Copenhagen Ring, however, is that the conductor, and subsequently the orchestra, fails to evoke this frightening side of Wagner even while the mise en scene tries to emphasize the story's horror. Moreover, without the redemptive, counterbalancing force of Wagner's almost metaphysical romanticism -- the art-as-a-religion seriousness that he advocated -- you end up with a staging so lopsided that it can no longer be taken seriously as Wagnerian. You wind up with what amounts to a B-grade horror movie, one that doesn't take ITSELF very seriously. In short, you wind up with camp. This is a very juvenile, campy Ring cycle.Read more ›
Staging and acting, all of the visuals are evidently extremely important in a DVD release and the Copenhagen Ring gives you decors to relish and acting on a very high and convincing level indeed. As in the Boulez Ring, the acting closely follows the music and specifically the text though it may sometimes appear to stretch the imagination a little too far. The film quality in itself is superb and so is the sound.
Speaking of sound, the orchestra is more than up to the task. No one I think expects this orchestra and this conductor to give the best-ever performance of Wagner's Ring on record. It is however more than adequate to deliver a good reading that never disappoints and often impresses.
There are moments when the singing (never less than adequate, often quite good) struggles without really succeeding to rise above the orchestra.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i'm surprised no one else has commented on the sound quality (or lack thereof). there is no excuse for the poor sound quality of this production. Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by Don V
When Richard Wagner began to develop the concept of his tetralogy, “Der Ring des Nibelungen”, he had his reasons for creating a very specific setting, for using different levels of... Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by Hedahedo
It may be unfair of me to review this complete set of The Copenhagen Ring for the significant reason that I was unable to sit through it in its entirety. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by David Cady
I love Wagner and the Ring and I'm aware of its faults, at times clunky dramaturgy and repetitive content. Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by ella
Nothing like taking someone's work putting your own signature on it and wrecking it. The Great Gastby meets the Rocky Horror Show...Published on September 5, 2012 by NJGUY2
I must say I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed this particular production given the modern take on it. Read morePublished on September 2, 2012 by svgtom
Like Shakespeare wrote, "How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable..."
To endure watching this half-baked piece of dreck from the land of Hamlet, no less! Read more
I am giving this production of The Ring the full 5 stars. There is little that I can add to the reviews that have praised this production. Read morePublished on June 13, 2010 by Archie (Ottawa Canada)
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