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I Just Can't Get Into WagnerMay 20 2013
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I really can't give a fair review of theis BR Disk. I have never cared much for Wagner's operas. I like his orchestral highlights, but the vocal music just bores me to death. I realize that the fault is mine and not Wagner's.
I purchased this disc because it was inexpensive and I thought it might help change my mind...It didn't.
To me the story line is confusing and off the wall. I could not follow the vocal line as I can in most Italian and some German operas; the costumes seemed absurd, the sets the same.
04/02/15 I recently listened to a FARAO Blu Ray audio disk of Die Walkure conducted by Zubin Mehta with The Bavarian State Orchestra and I thought it was thrilling.. Some Great signing, orchestral playing and recording. See my review. I watched the above disk again and I liked it a little better, but I still suspect it is not a very good production. So one of the commentators was quite right....You can teach an old dog a few new tricks. The video quality and sound, in the Siegfried, were both very good.I cannot give a valid opinion of the vocal and orchestral performance becaue I was unable to get past ActI and I am totally unfamiliar with the vocal aspects of the music.
As I said, the fault is probably mine, but Wagnerian opera is just not for me.....
04/09/09 I finally finished watching the whole opera. I think I got the story, but I still think the production is kind of cheesy and probably takes a lot of liberties with Wagner's original intent. I would like to see a good traditional performance. But there is no doubt of the power and beauty of much of the writing. The finale, Brunhillde's Awakening, has some thrilling singing and orchestral sections.. I am going to invest in a good, traditional Blu Ray Ring; I think I can be converted.