Why seek out The Ring Cycle in the first place? If you want Hollywood-style extravaganza, that is available elsewhere, most notably in the Robert Lepage staging at the Met. If, however, you want to confront one of the greatest works of art ever created, in any medium, I urge you to experience this version. The ambition in this staging, by Harry Kupfer, is to lay open the universal structures that animate human relations. The technical possibilities of a modern opera house are used all right, but it is always meaning and not spectacle that guides the work.
For Kupfer, as for Wagner, the political and the intimate are fundamentally intertwined. Power is not a substance external to our hearts; power shapes our innermost aspirations. Kupfer successfully avoids the two traps that commonly undercut Ring productions: the insipid ‘traditional’ fairy tale set and the equally clichéd effort to mold the story into a direct historical analogy. The Ring is not about twentieth-century events any more than it is about Norse gods: it is about the levers of power and love that propel every person, in every modern society. This production is as fresh today as it was at the time of the recording nearly thirty years ago.
- Language: German
- Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
- Region: Region 2 ( DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / Hamburg
- Run Time: 917.00 minutes
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- ASIN: B002G1TSBI
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