Simon Rattle | Stéphane Braunschweig | Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

Wagner : Die Walküre

A Die Walküre to be remembered: Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Aix-en-Provence Festival !

After the success of Das Rheingold, Stéphane Braunschweig’s staging of the second part of the tetralogy Die Walküre was a triumph in Aix’s brand new Grand Théâtre de Provence.

With a remarkable international cast – Sir Willard White, Robert Gambill, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Eva Johansson and Mikhail Petrenko – accompanied by the Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle brought almost unparalleled breadth to the work.

In opting for a movingly human approach to the drama unfolding on stage, director Stéphane Braunschweig obtained superb performances from an extraordinary group of singers.

A momentous double DVD, also available in Blu-ray.

Press review

“The Rattle miracle ”
“A superlative cast – a deluge of applause”
“‘ The Rattle miracle’ – this is no overstatement as a description of the wonders he worked, totally at his ease in the spacious Grand Théâtre orchestra pit.”‘ – Concert Classic

“The dazzling Berliner Philharmoniker”
“Willard White brings enormous dramatic intensity to Wotan’s confession to Brunnhilde.” – Le Figaro

“A Sieglinde is born.”
“Eva–Maria Westbroek in Olympian form: nobly powerful singing, with the high register radiant and supple, the low register splendid and the characterisation perfect. This Sieglinde was cheered like a rock star . . . . with whom Aix 2007 had fallen madly in love.” – Libération

“An absolute godsend of an orchestra”
“The Berliner Philharmoniker is an absolute godsend: if you haven’t heard them you don’t know what an orchestra is. The brass section plays with utter precision of attack and astonishing timing. The strings and woodwinds are breathtaking.” Le Monde

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Wagner : Die Walküre [DVD & Blu-ray]

Opera in three acts                                                         

Music and libretto : Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

Siegmund : Robert Gambill
Hunding : Mikhail Petrenko
Wotan : Sir Willard White
Sieglinde : Eva-Maria Westbroek
Brünnhilde : Eva Johansson
Fricka : Lilli Paasikivi
Gerhilde : Joanna Porackova
Ortlinde : Elaine McKrill
Waltraute : Julianne Young
Schwertleite : Andrea Baker
Helmwige : Erika Sunnegårdh
Siegrune : Heike Grötzinger
Grimgerde : Eva Vogel
Rossweisse : Anette Bod

Berliner Philharmoniker

Conductor : Simon Rattle

Stage direction and sets : Stéphane Braunschweig

Costumes : Thibault Vancraenenbroeck
Lighting design : Marion Hewlett

technical informations

HD recording : Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (Grand Théâtre de Provence) | 07/2007
TV direction : Don Kent
Release date : 06 novembre 2008
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

: BAC034
Code-barre : 3760115300347
Durée : 241 min.
Livret : FR / ANG / ALL
Sous-titres : FR / ANG / ALL / ESP / ITA
Image : Couleur, 16/9, NTSC
Son : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Code région : 0

Référence : BAC434
Code-barre : 3760115304343
Durée : 241 min.
Livret : FR / ANG / ALL
Sous-titres : FR / ANG / ALL / ESP / ITA
Image : Couleur, 16/9, Full HD
Son : PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1
Code région : A, B, C