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Wagner: The Ring Without Words / Maazel, Berlin Philharmonic

Wagner / Maazel / Berlin Philharmonic
Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 2020228  
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Strongly influenced by the comments of Richard Wagner’s grandson, Wieland, about the importance of the orchestra in the Ring, Lorin Maazel eventually agreed to produce a symphonic synthesis of the tetralogy, which he called The Ring Without Words. It is a seventy-five-minute orchestral distillation that is designed with the express purpose of bringing the magic of these monumental music dramas to a new audience of musically sensitive listeners through the sumptuous playing that he draws from the Berlin Philharmonic. Recorded live at Philharmonie Berlin, 2000.

Recorded live at the Philharmonie Berlin, 17 and 18 October 2000
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- Interview with Lorin Maazel

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo 2.0
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Japanese
Running time: 83 mins (concert) + 5 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 1



Spectacular in its vividness. Wotan makes a passionately romantic farewell to his daughter, with the Berlin strings creating a movingly powerful climax. Maazel's rather aggressive pressing on in Siegfried's Rhine Journey gives great impact to Hagen's call and Siegfried's Funeral Music. Audiophiles who like blazingly spectacular sound and plenty of adrenalin flowing in the music-making should find this worth trying. Certainly the heavy brass sounds are very tangible.

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Works on This Recording

Der Ring des Nibelungen: The Ring Without Words (arr. Lorin Maazel) by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1874; Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Excellent! July 21, 2017 By Wendell B. (Clayton, DE) See All My Reviews "Great music played with passion and power! I was enthralled from the beginning until the very end; sound and video are first-class." Report Abuse
 Ho Hum May 19, 2017 By Jonathan S. (Anchorage, AK) See All My Reviews "Found the DVD rather boring. Horns have nice tone, however, the recording is brass heavy with no string balance. With the string forces visible in the video there should be more of a string pallet off of which the brass should sing. The video coordination often left me wondering why the focus was directed where it was instead of where I expected it to be." Report Abuse
 BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS January 30, 2013 By Wilson Roberto de Medeiros Pereira (Natal, RN) See All My Reviews "You've probably heard the famous quote attributed to Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868), according to which 'Mr. Wagner has beautiful moments but awful quarters of an hour.' If you like the beautiful moments of Wagner's music and The Ring, will certainly enjoy this 'symphonic synthesis' prepared by conductor Lorin Maazel, which he very appropriately called 'The Ring Without Words'. Here we have seventy-five minutes of continuous music with the highlights and leitmotifs of the famous tetralogy, presented in chronological order, from the first note of Das Rheingold until the last one of Gotterdammerung. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Maazel, performs Wagner's music with explosive excitement and superb beauty. The direction of the video is excellent and Yutaro Mimuro busted musicians at key moments in the score, as when Donner slams his hammer to show the rainbow over Valhalla. The box with the DVD is accompanied by the EuroArts catalog and an enlightening article by Anthony Short about the genesis of Maazel's Symphonic Synthesis. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
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