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Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Levine, Metropolitan Opera

Wagner / Met / Levine
Release Date: 11/12/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 073043  
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Heinz ZednikMatti SalminenGary LakesHildegard Behrens,   ... 
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera OrchestraMetropolitan Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 7 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


One of the most acclaimed performances ever of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle!

Der Ring des Nibelungen · The Ring of the Nibelung: Das Rheingold · Die Walküre Siegfried · Götterdämmerung

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
James Levine
Production: Otto Schenk
Set and Projection Design: Günther Schneider-Siemssen
Costumes: Rolf Langenfass · Lighting: Gil Wechsler

DVD-VIDEO NTSC 073 043-9 |G|H 7| PCM STEREO
STEREO: PCM / SURROUND: Dolby Digital 5.1 & DTS 5.1
Subtitles: German/English/French/Italian/Spanish/Chinese

“The
Read more Metropolitan Opera Ring is part of a series of Wagnerian productions undertaken there that attempt to restore a Romantic realism congruent with the music, while using modern stage techniques, [and] for those who have dreamed of seeing the saga look like their visions of mythology, the results may be worth it.” —The Metropolitan Opera Guide to Opera on Video
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Works on This Recording

1.
Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
2.
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
3.
Siegfried by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
4.
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1874; Germany 
5.
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Heinz Zednik (Tenor), Matti Salminen (Bass), Gary Lakes (Tenor),
Hildegard Behrens (Soprano), Jessye Norman (Soprano), Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor),
Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Baritone), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), James Morris (Bass),
Anthony Raffell (Bass), Birgitta Svendén (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853-1874; Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Wonderful naturalistic production September 7, 2012 By Petros L. (Providence, RI) See All My Reviews "Look no further if you want a naturalistic production (as opposed to a Eurotrash), if you are interested to follow Wagner's story. I find it visually beautiful and direct, the singers as good as they come since the 80s. The MET orchestra under Levine plays beautifully, second (in recent decades) perhaps only the one of Bayreuth Festival under Thielemann. I don't agree with another reviewer's criticism about the never getting a fortissimo: I found the dynamics to be appropriately nuanced. The singer's voices do not sound manipulated to appear unnaturally loud, as is so often the case in recordings)." Report Abuse
 Dissapointing May 16, 2012 By Reese Otts (Charleston, WV) See All My Reviews "Performers great.. music fine...scenery so-so. Were were the Valkyries horses? Magic fire reminded me of Texas oil disposal burning. Sound in the recording was poor. I never could get a fortissimo and played the entire opera on full volume. I tried another player for Die Walkure with the same result. I probably expected too much from the Met altho the music and Devine were tops." Report Abuse
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