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Wagner - Die Walküre: "The Ride of the Valkyries" (Boulez)

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Uploaded on Jul 20, 2007

start of Act III, as the Valkyries gather the soldiers' bodies, and clip ends a bit after Brünnhilde's entrance.

Wagner used the Valkyries of the Norse Sagas, rather than the depiction of them in the Nibelungenlied. Women of death and warfare, as Chéreau understood well.

from Darraðarljóð (Njál's saga Chap. 156.):

Vindum, vindum
vef darraðar,
þars er vé vaða
vígra manna!
Látum eigi
líf hans farask;
eigu valkyrjur
vals of kosti.

Wind we, wind swiftly
Our warwinning woof.
sword-bearing rovers
To banners rush on,
Mind, maidens, we spare not
One life in the fray!
We corse-choosing sisters


Der Ring des Nibelungen, a famous production from Bayreuth 1976, recorded 1980.

Carmen Reppel as Gerhilde
Gabriele Schnaut as Waltraute
Gwendolyn Killebrew as Schwertleite
Karen Middleton as Ortlinde
Gwyneth Jones as Brünnhilde
Katie Clarke as Helmwige
Ilse Gramatzki as Grimgerde
Jeannine Altmeyer as Sieglinde
Elisabeth Glauser as Rossweisse
Marga Schiml as Siegrune

Conducted by Pierre Boulez

Directed by Patrice Chéreau, who had very little experience with opera, and his only exposure to Wagner on stage was a performance of Die Walküre at the Paris Opéra that he slept thru.

Scenic design by Richard Peduzzi, who had never designed a Wagner opera

Costumes by Jacques Schmidt, who had never dressed a Wagner opera

Der Walküren-Ritt
La Chevauchée des Walkyries

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