WAGNER, R.: Rheingold (Das) (1978)


 

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Das Rheingold

Playing Time: 02:25:36
Catalogue Number: A05004571
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Synopsis

World of the gods EUR" world of the earthly elements: Herbert von Karajan has succeeded in forcefully underscoring the contrast between the world of the gods and the earthly realm. The Rhinegold already bears within it a foreboding of the Gotterdammerung. In the Prelude, man EUR" the hero EUR" does not yet appear; what checks the power of the gods are the earthly elements: fire, water and earth. Wotan only appears to be victorious when he enters Valhalla with his fellow gods. The actual victor is Loge.

Based on a production from the Salzburg Easter Festival, Georges Wakhevitch has produced stage settings and transformations that support Karajan's concept with every possible means. The depths of the Rhine are dynamic and full of natural motion, but the inside of the earth EUR" Nibelheim EUR" with its corridors and vaults which lead to Alberich's realm, also has something organically proliferating about it. With his singers EUR" foremost among them Peter Schreier EUR" Karajan has an ensemble that fully conforms to his intentions. Thomas Stewart is a nobly singing Wotan. Next to him is the grandiose Brigitte Fassbaender as Fricka, a profoundly embittered figure.

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