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    Question Wagner on DVD...Die Walkure

    The second night of the Ring and arguably the
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    What's your DVD recommendation for this
    magnificent work?
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    In this order.

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    New MET production by Lepage aka THE MACHINE, some great visuals and some really silly ones also, oh yeah some guy named Jonas Kaufmann really upgrades the cast.......

    Great visuals - fire music conclusion





    What were they thinking absurd silliness visual - ride of the valkyries (how not to use the machine) catches our lady warriors playing horsey teeter totter with the machine

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    “Then he will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!'" Matthew 25:41 (Christian Standard Bible)

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    For me, Wotan & Brunnhilde are the key, so if that pair is wack I can't recommend. That said, it's between the Boulez posted by Pugg & the Baremboim from Bayreuth. Dame Gwyneth in the Boulez spits hot fire & imo is def the best Brunnhilde on DVD. When those arms go out & she cuts loose OMG! Her relationship with McIntyre's Wotan is pretty damn great...BUT Tomlinson as Wotan on the Barenboim is a BEAST. He sings the most exciting monologue you will find, & making that thing exciting is no small task. Plus his voice is just ideal Wotan stuff...to be blunt I think Voigt is hot garbage, Terfel is a sloppy Wotan (plus he sings the slowest damn monologue I've ever heard), & Kaufmann is a majorly overrated Wagnerian imo so he can't save the LePage as much as I dig the artistic concepts...Behrens is no Brunnhilde, Morris sings a nice Wagnerian legato, but the star of this Ring is the scenery (& Salminen)...none of the conductors do anything that would make me give any of these a special advantage...the most standout voice of all the twins has got to be Jessye Norman in the Levine, & I love everything Hans-Peter Konig does so bonus point for the Lepage

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