- Actores: Zubin Mehta
- Directores: La Fura dels Baus
- Formato: AC-3, Anamórfico, Cofre, Clásica, Dolby, Sonido DTS Surround, DVD Audio, DVD, Sonido HiFi, Subtitulado, Sonido Surround, Pantalla ancha, Importación
- Audio: Alemán (Dolby Digital 5.1), Alemán (PCM Stereo)
- Subtítulos: Alemán, Inglés, Francés, Español
- Región: Todas las regiones
- Relación de aspecto: 1.78:1
- Número de discos: 2
- Calificación FSK: Para todos los públicos. No se nos ha facilitado la calificación española por edades (ICAA), pero puedes consultarla en la página oficial del ICAA. Las calificaciones por edad y/o versiones de otros países no siempre coinciden con la española. Más información sobre las diferentes calificaciones por edad.
- Estudio: C Major (Naxos Deutschland GmbH)
- Duración: 272 minutos
- ASIN: B002S8ON82
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº72.823 en Cine y Series TV (Ver el Top 100 en Cine y Series TV)
WAGNER: Die Walküre (staged by La Fura dels Baus) - Zubin Mehta [Alemania] [DVD]
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Als Hausmatador (neben Maazel) hat Mehta das Orquestra de la Comunitat Valencia zu einem veritablen Wagner-Orchester geformt, mit dem er Detailfreude und Transparenz ebenso demonstrieren kann wie einen schwelgerischen Wagnerfuror, der von keinerlei puristischer Zurückhaltung gebremst wird. Hier gibt es eine Rheinfahrt mit Wellengang und den Trauermarsch mit Rückenschauer. Musikalisch kann der ganze "Ring" in der europäischen Spitzengruppe mitspielen...als Ausstatter einer großen Ring-Show, als Erfinder und Umsetzer (Videos: Frank Aleu) postmoderner Phantasie- und Bilderwelten, und, wie man jetzt sehen konnte, auch in deren strategischer Verknüpfung, sind sie (La Fura dels Baus) nicht zu schlagen. Was sie auf den gewaltigen, beweglichen Projektionswänden aufbieten ...auch eine erzählerische Binnendynamik. (Frankfurter Rundschau) Grandios der Wotan von Juha Uusitalo. Ein so demagogischer wie trauriger Gott, donnernd und zart, herrlich auf Linie gesungen, wunderbar artikulierend. Neben Bryn Terfel und dem sich noch für sein Debüt 2008 in Mailand warmlaufenden René Pape dürfte der Finne, der im Herbst auch im neuen Wiener Ring zu hören sein wird, augenblicklich vokal die Nummer eins unter den Operngöttern sein. (Die Welt)
''…this is the most exciting staging I've seen - slightly recalling Cirque du Soleil, perhaps, except that here the spectacle is wholly and intelligently at Wagner's service… Least dazzling is Zubin Mehta's conducting, sweeping rather than detailed - no increasing tension in Walkure Act I, for example - but with enough warmth and grandeur to hold our attention. And it's all beautifully recorded on DVD ... It's the finest Ring on video so far.'' BBC Music DVD Choice --BBC Music Magazine
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The basic setting of the action is best described as prehistoric. There is a good deal of filmic projection which provides a dynamic and everchanging backdrop. Some might find this distracting but I found it very appealing and interesting. The singers are sometimes elevated by manually operated "lifting machines". This is quite prominent in the Ride of the Walkure scene that starts Act 3. The magic fire scene is also effectively realised.
The costumes are interesting and might annoy some conservative viewers. The Walkure (including Brunnhilde)are made to wear unflattering brown attire with prominent breastplates. Sieglinde has tatoos and dreadlocks.
The filming involves frequent changes of visual aspects. This is smoothly achieved and did not seem obtrusive to me. The video and sound quality are both excellent. It is interesting to note that a friend (a true Wagner tragic) was present at the live Valencia performances. She found that watching the DVD proved to be the more satisfying experience.
I have seen many DVD performances of this great work but I find this version to be the most satisfying by far.
Act II introduces us to Jennifer Wilson, Brunhilde. If I recall correctly, she deputized for Jane Eaglen in a Chicago Ring series several years ago. The comments on the web were enthusiastic and one would have though that her name would pop up long before this Ring cycle appeared. Bayreuth has probably not called because the singer is large, though hardly in the Eaglen sense of the word. But the sound is gleaming and her high C's spot on and secure. Where she is weakest is the Annunciation Scene which lies in the middle of the voice; weakness is used here as a relative term. I only wish that she had been costumed more attractively. She is fitted out with a "breast plate" that covers her from waist to neck--we are back in pre-war productions with only the helmet with wings missing. Wieland dispensed this this, choosing garments that recalled Greek mythology. They certainly flattered the singer. It is unlikely, though, that Bayreuth will ever call upon Wilson's talent: it is their loss.
Uusitalo's Act II monologue is superbly sung, again relishing the text in a manner almost redolent of a Lieder singer. Again I find he voice somewhat light, but he does compensate for it with great artistry. Larsson has no equal on DVD as Fricka. Not only is she quite beautiful, she sings with great artistry and matchees her Wotan's textual inflections.
As in the Rheingold, the production is exciting with images that change with great fluidity and meaning. This may disturb those who want a more conventional Ring but all of what is happening in the Ring is happening in the orchestra and the images seen on stage reflect this. Again as in Rheingold the singers are moved by the use of cranes, though not I hasten to add, Sieglinde and Siegmund, but only the Gods. Stage technicians play a very large role in this conception and again their presence will irritate those who feel their role should not be seen during the action. My own feelings are mixed but I feel compelled to rewatch this DVD for its many virtures and perhaps change those feelings which ar present my be equivocal.
Act 3 is a dramtic triumph for the Valencia folks. Wilson is in resplendent voice, her sisters are wonderful and Mehta has the full measure of the challenging orchestral score.The final scene in which Wotan puts Brynnhilde to sleep on a rock surounded by fire must communicate with the audience on a deeply emotional level. I found tears in my eyes when this Act 3 finished. For this reason, I will give this a recomendation as the best DVD of Walkure for the total performance.
The video editor does not seem to understand what a set designer and director really does: Creating a visual world for the audience in the theater, seen from the distance. This non stop visual hopping around and indulging in useless close-ups is really a pain and does not give the viewer at home a single opportunity to see a longer visual sequence without cut (which is really required to enjoy in this production.) I pushed the pause button for at least 50 times to take the time to look at the set design and understand ...
Against that background, I can recommend the DVDs only as CDs. Switch off the TV, look at some online pics of the production and enjoy the music and singers. The video editor does not give you any chance to enjoy the overall idea - which is so essential for Wagner's operas (the Gesamtkunstwerk concept). It's really a pity...