Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Wagner - The Making of Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Patrice Chereau|
Actors: Pierre Boulez, Gwyneth Jones, Bayreuth Opera, Donald McIntyre, Manfred Jung
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
This documentary, originally made for television, not only chronicles the making of the brilliant, controversial centennial production of Wagner's Ring Cycle at Bayreuth; it also looks at the history of Bayreuth Ring produ... more »
Worth buying, but only if you already have the earlier relea
Doug Urquhart | Southport, CT USA | 10/14/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The documentary on this DVD is included as one of the extras on the new Deutsche Grammophon release of the Boulez Ring. If you already have this version of the Ring, don't bother to buy "The making of...".
I have the earlier release from Philips, which doesn't include the documentary, so I felt it might be worth buying this DVD, if only for completeness. It was worth the money, but...
If you're expecting a documentary of the same calibre as 'The Golden Ring', you will be disappointed. Quite frankly, it's a bit of a pot-boiler; there isn't much about the actual performance - most of the film is a potted history of Bayreuth, including the near-obligatory scenes of Winifred and the Nazis, overlaid with an appalling oompa-band arrangement of Siegfried. If you're a keen Wagnerian, you'll know this stuff already; if you are not, you won't be interested in this DVD.
On the other hand, there are sound bytes from the performers, shots of Boulez and Chereau, some stock footage of Wieland and Wolfgang that I've never seen before (and the price is less than a reasonable bottle of Riesling), so.... why not.