Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen, out now on Blu-ray for the first time.
Barenboim’s seminal Ring cycle, available for the first time on Blu-ray.
This legendary Bayreuth Festival production of Wagner’s 'Der Ring des Nibelungen', directed by Harry Kupfer, with designs by Hans Schavernoch, and conducted by Daniel Barenboim, is considered possibly the finest video recording of these four operas ever made. Now for the first time it has been made available on Blu-Ray with a booklet featuring 20 production photographs, most of which have not been seen before.
The genuine 16:9 widescreen format, from the original HDTV 1250 recording, is one of the many exciting aspects of this release. There is also genuine surround sound from tapes made at the original recording by UNITEL. Wagner’s Ring was first made available in wide screen and with genuine surround sound with this production and subsequent DVD release in 2007. Also included on the Blu-ray release for the first time, is a 15 minute bonus documentary made in 2005 featuring Daniel Barenboim and Sir John Tomlinson talking about the Harry Kupfer Ring production.
John Tomlinson has performed at Bayreuth every year since 1988, and it was with these performances that he firmly established himself as the greatest living interpreter of Wotan.
This is the perfect mixture of Wagner's incredible reinvention of ancient German myth with epic compositions, Harry Kupfer's timeless staging and direction, Daniel Barenboim's imperious yet sensative conducting of the wonderful Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra and some standout performances from the cast.
The production was recorded in the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, Richard Wagner's own Opera house, created specifically for his compositions.
The cast includes Siegfried Jerusalem as Siegfried, Anne Evans as Brünnhilde, along with Günter von Kannen, Graham Clark, Philip Kang and Bodo Brinkmann.
Take a look at the interview with Sir John Tomlinson and Maestro Barenboim discussing The Ring and their production (with the benefit of hindsight).
Find out more about the production, the cast and read reviews here