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Adam Fischer, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Smetana: Die verkaufte braut [Prodana nevesta] (2007/1982)

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Adam Fischer, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Smetana: Die verkaufte braut [Prodana nevesta] (2007/1982)

Adam Fischer, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Lucia Popp, Siegfried Jerusalem - Smetana: Die verkaufte braut [Prodaná nevěsta] (2007/1982)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.55 Gb (DVD9) | 155 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This Bartered Bride ’s acting and singing is generally of a high level. Lucia Popp was caught at a perfect time for this role. She’d gradually been developing her voice into a larger, more dramatic instrument, and here displays a lyric’s warmth with the power of a spinto. She clearly enjoys the challenge of the only serious aria in the entire work (in act III; performed in German as “Wie fremd und tot”), providing many fine interpretative points and a great deal of tonal variety. The audience goes wild, as well they might.

Horst Stein, Orchester & Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (2006/1984)

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Horst Stein, Orchester & Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (2006/1984)

Horst Stein, Orchester & Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2006/1984)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.67 Gb+7.27 Gb (2xDVD9) | 267 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Staged and directed by Richard Wagner's grandson Wolfgang at the Bayreuther Festspiele in 1984, this production of Wagner's only comedy dispenses with the common cliches to reveal the humanity of each character. Here, Beckmesser is no longer a foolish caricature but a cultivated intellectual; Stolzing emerges as a thoughtful individual rather than aggressive aristocret; and Hans Sachs sheds his solemn patriarchal veneer to become a likeable middle-aged man. “Hermann Prey´s interpretation of Beckmesser as a cultivated intellectual is a triumph of dramatic and vocal artistry: a stunning performance . . . Brilliant . . . Bernd Weikl as Sachs – an almost unique combination of musical refinement and expressive power.” (Abendzeitung, Munich)

Horst Stein, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Siegfried Jerusalem, Eva Randova - Wagner: Parsifal (2007/1981)

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Horst Stein, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Siegfried Jerusalem, Eva Randova - Wagner: Parsifal (2007/1981)

Horst Stein, Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Siegfried Jerusalem, Eva Randova - Wagner: Parsifal (2007/1981)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.20 Gb+7.57 Gb (2xDVD9) | 233 min
Classical |Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Wolfgang Wagner’s arrestingly beautiful production, filmed live at Bayreuth in 1981 and directed by Brian Large, features a stellar cast led by Eva Randova, Bernd Weikl and Siegfried Jerusalem. “A production and performance that showed the festival at its finest… Wolfgang Wagner’s Bayreuth production of his grandfather’s “farewell to the world” has “an unusual beauty and logic of its own… There is an air of magic and mystery about the staging… The performance was excellent… Horst Stein [conducted] a beautifully proportioned Parsifal.” (The New York Times)

James Levine, The Metropoliten Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Parsifal (2002/1992)

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James Levine, The Metropoliten Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Parsifal (2002/1992)

James Levine, The Metropoliten Opera Orchestra - Wagner: Parsifal (2002/1992)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 5 ch | 6.39 + 7.82 Gb (2xDVD9) | 264 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Wagner's stage festival in the recording of a production from the Metropolitain Opera New York. The title role is brilliantly starred by Siegfried Jerusalem, and as Kundry you can experience Waltraud Meier, who is outstanding in her performance and singing. Bernd Weikl, Kurt Moll and Franz Mazura stand by the two main roles and make this DVD - one of the few recordings of the opera on this medium - a must for every opera lover.

Daniel Barenboim, Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Gotterdammerung (2009/1991)

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Daniel Barenboim, Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Gotterdammerung (2009/1991)

Daniel Barenboim, Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Götterdämmerung (2009/1991)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.33 Gb+7.84 Gb (2xDVD9) | 270 min
Classical | Warner Classics | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

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 perhaps the finest video recording of these four operas ever made. For their innovative modernist staging, Kupfer and his team turned away from the work’s time of origin and located The Ring at a “road of history”, a meeting-place of past, present and future, which sets the scene for the story’s struggles of power and love. Barenboim’s authoritative yet highly responsive reading of the immense score and the extraordinary performances of the cast help to make this a truly memorable Ring.

Daniel Barenboim, Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Siegfried (2009/1992)

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Daniel Barenboim, Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Siegfried (2009/1992)

Daniel Barenboim, Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele - Wagner: Siegfried (2009/1992)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.74 Gb+4.22 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 243 min
Classical | Warner Classics | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

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 perhaps the finest video recording of these four operas ever made. For their innovative modernist staging, Kupfer and his team turned away from the work’s time of origin and located The Ring at a “road of history”, a meeting-place of past, present and future, which sets the scene for the story’s struggles of power and love. Barenboim’s authoritative yet highly responsive reading of the immense score and the extraordinary performances of the cast help to make this a truly memorable Ring.