DVD + Blu-Ray:
Richard Wagner | Siegfried
The third part of Richard Wagner’s “Ring” from the Nationaltheater Weimar.
Cover front Siegfried © Arthaus Musik
Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung reflects the composer’s autobiography as much as the political turmoil of his times. As work progressed, another figure grew to be as important as the hero Siegfried, the god Wotan, the mouthpiece for Wagner’s ideas. “He’s exactly like us: he is the sum of today’s intellectual consciousness, whereas Siegfried is what we hope the human being of the future will be, but who cannot be fashioned by us, and who must make himself by means of our destruction!” Our own doom as the basis of a happier future?
Second “day” – and third part – of Richard Wagner’s “Ring”, the musical saga that its author spent more than a quarter of a century composing. It follows the rise of a young hero, Siegfried, the illegitimate son of the twins whose story we were told in Die Walküre. On the one hand, there is learning about life, glorying in nature and in the emotions, as opposed to those of calculation and greed on the other. This episode shows how Wagner was intent on changing society, on showing that a different kind of man can exist, that the mercenary petit bourgeois world can be replaced by greater humanity and freedom.
Cat.No. 109406 (DVD) | 109410 (Blu-ray)
Recording location Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar
Production year 2008
Duration 251 mins
Video format 2xDVD / NTSC | Blu-ray Disc 1080i High Definition
Audio format PCM Stereo, DD 5.1 | Blu-ray Disc DTS HD-Master Audio 5.1
Stage Director Michael Schulz
Composer Richard Wagner
Orchestra / Band Staatskapelle Weimar
Conductor Carl St.Clair
Costumes Renée Listerdal
Soloist Johnny van Hall
Soloist Frieder Aurich
Soloist Tomas Möwes
Soloist Catherine Foster
Soloist Nadine Weissmann
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