Wagner - Die Walkure (DVD)
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Cat No: 109405
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 6th December 2019
ConductorCarl St. Clair
Wagner dressed this Herculean task musically in the spreading, shimmering web of his leitmotivic working (there are approximately 20 distinct motives in Die Walküre). Dramaturgically, the conversational style of Das Rheingold gives way to the tone of bourgeois tragedy: incestuous passion, more than one form of deep-seated marital antagonism, and a lot of talk, a lot of self-justification in the form of recapitulation. This, the First Day of the tetralogy (Das Rheingold being a “preliminary evening”), was without doubt the “most moving, the most tragic” of all Wagner’s works in the view of his wife Cosima, expressed in her diary on 31 August 1873. The text of Die Walküre was finished on 1 July 1852, and the score was completed in late March 1856. With the financial help of his ever-generous friend (and future father-in-law) Franz Liszt, Wagner went to rest from his labours on the shores of Lake Geneva.
“Weimar overwhelms the conductor and the complete ensemble with standing ovations.” – Süddeutsche Zeitung
- Siegmund: Erin Caves
- Hunding: Hidekazu Tsumaya
- Wotan: Renatus Mészár
- Sieglinde: Kirsten Blanck
- Brünnhilde: Catherine Foster
- Fricka: Christine Hansmann
Live recording from Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, 2008
Directed by Michael Schulz
Set design by Dirk Becker
Costume design by Renée Listerdal
Sound format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1
Picture format: 16:9
Disc format: DVD2 / NTSC
Running time: 237 mins
Language: IT, EN, DE, FR, ES, JP
Region code: 0
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