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Gavin Dixon
Fanfare, March 2017

It is difficult…to recommend sitting through all four and a half hours of this documentary, especially given its lack of focus and the dwindling production values in the last episode. The first two episodes, though, are worth the effort. All of the interviewees are interesting and articulate, and all have something to say about the Ring and their roles in it. Achim Freyer, in particular is always worth listening to: Even if you don’t like his work, you’ll be impressed by the depth of his artistic insight, at least as expressed in conversation. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, October 2016

Director/stage-lighting designer/costumer Achim Freyer was behind the mish-mash of a staging of Richard Wagner’s 2013 Ring Cycle in Mannheim, Germany; this two-disc set follows Freyer, cast, crew and company officials during the lengthy rehearsal and pre-production period of the four operas that make up the massive tetralogy. At nearly four hours, this making-of feature might be a lot to sit through, but since the operas themselves total 15 hours, what’s another 240 minutes of watching fly-on-the-wall director Rudij Bergmann’s record of behind the scenes machinations? © 2016 The Flip Side

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