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Paul J. Pelkonen
Superconductor, May 2015

WAGNER, R.: Götterdämmerung (La Scala, 2013) (NTSC) 101696
WAGNER, R.: Götterdämmerung (La Scala, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) 108093

…conductor Daniel Barenboim does a pretty impressive job.

[Lance Ryan] sang Siegfried’s stentorian moments with steely power… He was at his best in the softer, more lyric passages just before his death. He is serviceable throughout the opera, coping as most Siegfrieds do with the composer’s most excessive demands. © 2015 Superconductor Read complete review



Robert Cummings
Classical Net, July 2014

…Barenboim leads the performance with a fine sense for Wagner’s drama: tempos are generally moderate but never lack for spirit or the proper emotional thrust; the orchestra plays with commitment and reasonable accuracy; and Barenboim draws excellent singing from his cast…

Ballet dancers are used in some scenes and the dancing here by Ballet Company Eastman is tasteful and not intrusive on the stage action. The camera work is excellent and the picture quality very sharp and clear. The sound reproduction is vivid and powerful. Overall, this final entry in Barenboim’s new Ring series is a major triumph in almost every respect and, for me, will be the version of Götterdämmerung that will occupy top place, at least in the video realm. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review



José Luis Bermúdez
Classical Net, June 2014

The audiovisual quality of the Blu-ray disc is outstanding and the performance is recommended for the production, the conducting, and much of the singing. There are enough great moments for this to be compulsory viewing for dedicated Wagnerians. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review




Arnold Whittall
Gramophone, June 2014

WAGNER, R.: Siegfried (La Scala, 2012) (NTSC) 101695
WAGNER, R.: Siegfried (La Scala, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) 108092
WAGNER, R.: Götterdämmerung (La Scala, 2013) (NTSC) 101696
WAGNER, R.: Götterdämmerung (La Scala, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) 108093

Daniel Barenboim’s celebration of the Wagner bicentenary culminated in the completion of a new Ring cycle…These DVDs of La Scala performances…are most notable for showcasing this conductor’s supreme command of the epic lyricism that goes to the heart of the Wagner style…the La Scala orchestra has no weak links…

Barenboim’s flair for drawing out often under-characterised details…is one outstanding feature…this is an absorbing portrait of a fine Wagner conductor at the height of his powers. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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