DVD: Braunschweig, Rattle et al, Die Walküre, (Bel Air Classiques)

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Don Kent's film of Stéphane Braunschweig's 2007 production of 'Die Walküre' for Aix-en-Provence captures the detail of individual expression and the scale and severity of the sets.

This is an intense, measured drama. The sound quality is superb and the performance of the Berliner Philharmoniker under Simon Rattle is breathtaking. Eva-Maria Westbroek's Sieglinde dominates, with Robert Gambill as the exhausted Siegmund, Mikhail Petrenko as a glacial Hunding, and Eva Johansson as the wild-eyed Brünnhilde.

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