A Ring to be remembered: Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic 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.
“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.”‘
Alain Cochard – Concert Classic
“The dazzling Berlin Philharmonic”
“Willard White brings enormous dramatic intensity to Wotan’s confession to Brunnhilde.”
Jean-Louis Validire – 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.”
Eric Dahan – Libération
“An absolute godsend of an orchestra”
“The Berlin Philharmonic 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.”
Renaud Machart – Le Monde