Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen (highlights) | Australian Eloquence ELQ4806977

Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen (highlights)

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4806977

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 13th May 2013

Contents

Artists

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Thomas Stewart
Josephine Veasey
Gundula Janowitz
Jon Vickers
Jess Thomas
Helga Dernesch
Berliner Philharmoniker

Conductor

Herbert von Karajan

Works

Wagner, Richard

Das Rheingold (highlights)
Die Walkure (highlights)
Gotterdammerung (highlights)
Siegfried (highlights)

Artists

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Thomas Stewart
Josephine Veasey
Gundula Janowitz
Jon Vickers
Jess Thomas
Helga Dernesch
Berliner Philharmoniker

Conductor

Herbert von Karajan

About

Reissued for the Wagner Year are highlights from Herbert von Karajan’s mighty ‘Ring’ cycle. The disc includes extended highlights from the four ‘Ring’ operas and allows us to sample Karajan’s choice of different singers for the same character in different operas – Fischer-Dieskau’s Wotan in Das Rheingold and Thomas Stewart’s in Siegfried.

There are notes on the music as well as an essay by Karajan expert Richard Osborne on the background to Karajan’s Ring, plus a photo gallery of many of the key singers.

There were, and will always be, many competitive Ring cycles on the market, but, as Martin Baker sums up ‘[Karajan] creates […] a transparent aural stage where the light and shade in the music has an almost forensic quality. Musically the Karajan Ring cycle has a visceral intensity that, especially in the subterranean scenes, hints at the sinister mythologies that informed Germany’s recent history and is probably closer to the heart of the narrative’s darkness than any other recording.

Recorded: 1967 (Rheingold), 1966 (Walküre), 1968/1969 (Siegfried), 1969/1970 (Götterdämmerung)

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