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Pierre Boulez

Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen (5 BLU-RAY VIDEO)

A legendary staging on video: the unrivalled Bayreuth Centenary Ring by Boulez/Chéreau on 4 Blu-ray Video Discs in remastered HD-quality, with audio layers in DTS-HD Master Audio Surround 5.1 and 24-bit Stereo PCM. Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Japanese, German

Plus: The Making of – The Making of the Ring for the first time on one additional Blu-ray Video Disc. In English with subtitles in French, Spanish, Japanese, German.

The 60pp booklet includes full track listings and two texts in E/G, including a stunning in-depth analysis of work and music by Pierre Boulez himself, written for the original production.

Kenneth Chalmers: Refreshing the Ring

Pierre Boulez: Time Re-explored

The staging of Richard Wagner's Ring des Nibelungen by Patrice Chéreau for the 100th anniversary of the Bayreuth Festival in 1976 is known as the legendary Centenary Ring. Director Peter Stein was initially asked to stage the anniversary of the ring; however, negotiations failed because Stein demanded that the stage and the auditorium be rebuilt and refused to meet the Bavarian Minister President at the time, Franz Josef Strauss, on the occasion of the premiere. Instead, the festival management entrusted the direction to the 31-year-old film and drama director Patrice Chéreau, who was the youngest director (and first foreigner in this position) in the history of the Bayreuth Festival. The musical director was the conductor and composer Pierre Boulez (with his assistant Jeffrey Tate). Richard Peduzzi designed the stage design, Jacques Schmidt created the costumes and Manfred Voss was responsible for the lighting design. François Regnault had been engaged as dramaturge. The final performances were greeted with 90 minutes of applause and standing ovations, and 101 curtain calls (a Bayreuth record) and the Ring production by Chéreau and Boulez is still regarded as a benchmark in the history of the work's interpretation.

TRACK LIST/ARTISTS

WAGNER: Der Ring des Nibelungen Chor & Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele

Das Rheingold
McIntyre, Becht, Salminen, Schwarz, Reppel, Sharp
Die Walküre
Hofmann, Salminen, McIntyre, Altmeyer, Jones, Schwarz, Reppel
Siegfried
Jung, Zednik, McIntyre, Becht, Hübner, Wenkel, Jones, Sharp
Götterdämmerung
Jung, Mazura, Becht, Hübner, Jones, Altmeyer, Killebrew, Wenkel, Sharp
The Making of – A documentary with Friedlind Wagner, Wolfgang Wagner, Brian Large, Gwyneth Jones, Donald McIntyre, Patrice Chéreau, Pierre Boulez.
Written by John Ardoin and narrated by George Grizzard. Produced and directed by Peter Weinberg