Started by Greta, April 07, 2007, 08:09:57 PM
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Quote from: Solitary Wanderer on May 20, 2007, 02:30:34 PMWell, I'm just begining to get into the Wagner operas and it looks like its going to be a lifelong journey I'm chipping away at The Ring and highlights from the other operas which will act as 'signposts' when I dive into the operas proper.The Wagner movie was great.The Met/Levine Ring cycle sounds great too, and I think, a good way to start getting into the ring as opposed to sitting down with the long operas. A good way to begin to get a 'handle' on the massive work.
Quote from: marvinbrown on May 20, 2007, 03:10:43 PM The MET/Levine is the only DVD recording I have of the Ring Cycle. While some people will tell you that it is not perfect I personally found much in it that was attractive: 1) the stage setting 2) the costumes 3) the special effects (I won't tell you what they are for fear of ruining the experience) 4) it had James Morris as Wotan and Jessye Norman as Sieglinde The stage setting is true to Wagner's intent. This is not a modern adaptation. While the the Solti Ring Cycle (audio cd) has the ideal cast vocally this set is IMHO a good place to start. marvin
Quote from: uffeviking on May 20, 2007, 06:53:57 PMYes it is.
Quote from: marvinbrown on May 20, 2007, 02:47:08 PM Look forward to it too. Why Verdi as my avatar? Because Verdi is my other love interest. He epitomizes Italian Opera (rivalling Mozart in my opinion) as Wagner epotimizes German opera
Quote from: Solitary Wanderer on May 20, 2007, 03:16:18 PMYes, thats a major factor for me. I'm very interested to view this.
Quote from: uffeviking on May 20, 2007, 07:13:45 PMYou noticed? Tears of sadness, but I do not want to diminish your enjoyment of your first visual meeting with Wagner's Ring. My very first meeting too was with raven-winged helmets and wolf skin clad Siegfrieds, but I was only six years old. By now I have discovered many different ideas of how to present this monumental Gesamtkunstwerk, and it makes me sad to see the ancient Met Ring still getting so much attention.
Quote from: uffeviking on May 20, 2007, 07:33:48 PMThat's the spirit and that's the right attitude for starting this fascinating journey. Yes, the Met is basic, a bit on the primitive side, but if you were to start it with the latest concept production, it might make you stop your exploration. Have a great journey, Solitary Wanderer; you won't be too solitary because many Wagner friends here at GMG are ready and willing to help and guide, if guidance you seek.
Quote from: Michel on May 21, 2007, 02:28:41 AMThe tone of your post is a little sick, but I agree, I think Wagner is great.I am suprised you didn't mention Parsifal - it is my favourite opera of his, and one of my favourite operas of all.
Quote from: Michel on May 21, 2007, 06:00:59 AMHave you ever heard of quoting more than one thing in one post; you have instantly wrecked this thread with a load of posts.
Quote from: karlhenning on May 21, 2007, 06:04:49 AMI haven't yet done aught more than listen to some of (mostly) the instrumental music to this; for the most part, I think it some of the best Wagner I've heard!
Quote from: Haffner on May 21, 2007, 06:07:02 AMOh dear.
Quote from: Sergeant Rock on May 21, 2007, 07:37:28 AMYep, now you've done it, Andy! Might as well just go ahead and lock this thread down. It's obviously, and completely, ruined Sarge
Quote from: Haffner on May 21, 2007, 05:17:47 AMI consider Mozart, Wagner, and Verdi to be literal Wonders of the World.
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