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Twilight of the gods day

Wagner’s world fire at BR-KLASSIK: We bring light into the events of the third day of Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung”. The fourth part of our “Ring” walk is about the dramatic plot and the characters of Wagner’s individual figures. This is followed by the “Götterdämmerung” in two groundbreaking interpretations: those of Kirill Petrenko and Frank Castorf from 2015 and those of Daniel Barenboim and Harry Kupfer from 1991.

  • Bayreuth, Festspielhaus / Aquarell 1876 - Bayreuth /Fest.Theatre/Watercolour/ 1876 -

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    “Walking the Ring – “Götterdämmerung” – “End of the world?”

    With his perfected leitmotiv technique, Richard Wagner reaches a peak in the history of musical drama in the last piece of his “Ring” tetralogy. In his “Walk through the Ring” BR-KLASSIK examines the characters and peculiarities of the “Götterdämmerung”. The four-part tour of Wagner’s monumental stage festival ends with highlights from Bernard Haitink’s Munich CD production at the desk of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (1991).

    “Walking the Ring – “Götterdämmerung” – “End of the world?”

  • Bayreuther Festspiele 2015 - Götterdämmerung

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    “Twilight of the gods” with Kirill Petrenko and Frank Castorf

    As part of the digital Bayreuth Festival, BR-KLASSIK brings a previously unreleased recording of “Siegfried” from 2015 – with Kirill Petrenko at the desk. The fourth part and “third day” of the tetralogy confronted us through director Frank Castorf with the Berlin before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, symbolized by remains of the Wall, punks, kebab stands and the morbid charm of Oranienburger Strasse. “Plaste und Elaste” by VEB-Werke from Schkopau formed the flip side of the veiled, classicistically splendid façade of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Picture: Production Götterdämmerung of 2015 (Copyright: Bayreuth Festival/Enrico Nawrath)

    “Twilight of the gods” with Kirill Petrenko and Frank Castorf

  • ARD Götterdämmerung Barenboim

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    “Twilight of the gods” with Daniel Barenboim and Harry Kupfer

    For five years the production of Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung” by Harry Kupfer shaped the Bayreuth Festival. He was primarily concerned with the abysses of the human soul. At the end of the funeral march, Daniel Barenboim drives the orchestra once again to dynamic flights of fancy. He conducted the production in 1991, which can be seen here, presented by 3sat.

    “Twilight of the gods” with Daniel Barenboim and Harry Kupfer

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    Discourse Bayreuth 2020: Thea Dorn in conversation with Daniel Barenboim

    Here it is all about art – Wagner, music and politics. In the approximately 50-minute discourse by Thea Dorn with Daniel Barenboim, topics such as the Staatskapelle Berlin’s concert on 75 years of war’s end during the Corona pandemic, Wagner’s Gesamtkunstwerk and anti-Semitism, or a philosophical digression on Wagner’s Ring narrative as the history of “learning to die” are addressed.

    Discourse Bayreuth 2020: Thea Dorn in conversation with Daniel Barenboim

  • The Loop of the Nibelung von Simon Steen-Andersen

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    Installation Bayreuth Festival 2020 – The Loop of the Nibelung” by Simon Steen-Andersen

    The Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen is using the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, which will be empty in 2020, for a video art action entitled “The Loop of the Nibelung”. He takes musicians and singers from the Bayreuth Festival into a “chain reaction machine”. A parkour run is installed throughout the Festspielhaus, from the understage to the roof. It looks as if the house itself is making the music. During the performance, a rare moment of return this year is created for all participants.

    Even in the empty house, the legendary productions swing into the present. The mystical Festspielhaus becomes both an instrument and stage set.

    Installation Bayreuth Festival 2020 – The Loop of the Nibelung” by Simon Steen-Andersen

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