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Das Rheingold : prologue to Der Ring des Nibelungen : music drama in four scenes

Author: Richard WagnerMario HoffAlexander GüntherJean-Noël BriendErin CavesAll authors
Publisher: [Halle/Saale] : Arthaus Musik, [2009] ©2009
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : GermanView all editions and formats
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Das Rheingold introduces the ring. The well-known prelude opens with 136 measures of an E-flat major chord: this prolonged harmony represents the ageless river Rhine, upon whose banks the Rhinemaidens play. Alberich, a Nibelung dwarf, tries vainly to seduce one of the Rhinemaidens. Mockingly, they reveal the secret of the gold they guard: out of it, one can forge a ring powerful enough to rule the world, provided  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Filmed operas
Nonfiction films
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Wagner; Mario Hoff; Alexander Günther; Jean-Noël Briend; Erin Caves; Tomas Möwes; Frieder Aurich; Renatus Mészár; Hidekazu Tsumaya; Christine Hansmann; Marietta Zumbült; Nadine Weissmann; Silona Michel; Susann Günther-Dissmeier; Christiane Bassek; Luise Grabolle; Marie-Louise Winde; Luisa Wöllner; Carl St Clair; Michael Schulz; Dirk Becker; Renée Listerdal; Alexander Gnadl; Wolfgang Willaschek; Brooks Riley; Weimarische Staatskapelle,; Deutsches Nationaltheater (Weimar, Thuringia, Germany),; RM Arts (Firm),; Zoom Production,; Arthaus Musik (Firm),
ISBN: 9783941311312 394131131X
OCLC Number: 423367512
Language Note: Sung in German, with optional subtitles in German, English, French, Italian, and Spanish.
Notes: Booklet with program notes and synopsis in English, French and German (25 pages : illustrations) inserted in container.
Credits: Stage director Michael Schulz ; set design, Dirk Becker ; costume design, Renée Listerdal; lighting design, Alexander Gnadl ; dramaturgy, Wolfgang Willaschek; directed for TV and video, Brooks Riley; a production of RM Arts and Zoom Production.
Performer(s): Mario Hoff (Wotan) ; Alexander Günther (Donner) ; Jean-Noël Briend (Froh) ; Erin Caves (Loge) ; Tomas Möwes (Alberich) ; Frieder Aurich (Mime) ; Renatus Mészár (Fasolt) ; Hidekazu Tsumaya (Fafner) ; Christine Hansmann (Fricka) ; Marietta Zumbült (Freia) ; Nadine Weissmann (Erda) ; Silona Michel (Woglinde) ; Susann Günther-Dissmeier (Wellgunde) ; Christiane Bassek (Flosshilde) ; Luise Grabolle, Marie-Louise Winde, Luisa Wöllner (Norns) ; Staatskapelle Weimar ; Carl St. Clair, conductor.
Event notes: Recorded in performance, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, 2008.
Description: 1 videodisc (166 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD-9; soundtracks in Dolby Digital 5.1, PCM stereo; aspect ratio 16:9.
Responsibility: by Richard Wagner ; Arthaus Musik presents, from the Deutsches Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar.

Abstract:

Das Rheingold introduces the ring. The well-known prelude opens with 136 measures of an E-flat major chord: this prolonged harmony represents the ageless river Rhine, upon whose banks the Rhinemaidens play. Alberich, a Nibelung dwarf, tries vainly to seduce one of the Rhinemaidens. Mockingly, they reveal the secret of the gold they guard: out of it, one can forge a ring powerful enough to rule the world, provided the forger gives up Love forever. Alberich manages to steal the gold and makes the ring, using it to control his fellow dwarfs while he plans his world take-over. In the meantime, Wotan (king of the gods), like many new home owners, has to figure out how to finance the construction of Valhalla (hall of the gods). He has promised his sister-in-law as payment to the construction workers, but his wife Fricka isn't too keen on selling her sister to the giants (led by Fafner). Loge (god of fire) tricks Alberich into turning himself into a toad and brings Alberich back to Wotan, who takes the ring from the dwarf. Bitter at losing his ring, Alberich places a curse on it: lack of the ring will fuel desire for it and possession will only lead to misery. Wotan ends up giving the Ring to Fafner as ransom for Fricka's sister.

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