Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen | Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or C928613Y

Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen

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Label: Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or

Cat No: C928613Y

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 13

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 14th October 2016

Contents

Artists

Birgit Nilsson
Astrid Varnay
Jerome Hines
James Milligan
Regina Resnik
Otakar Kraus
Peter Roth-Ehrang
Regine Crespin
Fritz Uhl
Gottlob Frick
Herold Kraus
Hans Hopf
Thomas Stewart
Grace Hoffmann
Marga Hoffgen
Gerhard Stolze
Wilma Schmidt
Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele

Conductor

Rudolf Kempe

Works

Wagner, Richard

Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle) (complete)

Artists

Birgit Nilsson
Astrid Varnay
Jerome Hines
James Milligan
Regina Resnik
Otakar Kraus
Peter Roth-Ehrang
Regine Crespin
Fritz Uhl
Gottlob Frick
Herold Kraus
Hans Hopf
Thomas Stewart
Grace Hoffmann
Marga Hoffgen
Gerhard Stolze
Wilma Schmidt
Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele

Conductor

Rudolf Kempe

About

Richard Wagner’s Ring was performed in the highly reduced version by Wieland Wagner at the eight Bayreuth festivals since the re-opening of the theatre in 1951. However, by 1960 it seemed that the time had come for a new production, a task placed in the hands of Wieland’s brother Wolfgang, whilst musical direction of the production was given to the then 48-year-old conductor Rudolf Kempe. The reaction to the refreshingly new musical portrayal of the Bayreuth debutant from Saxony was unanimously positive and remained so for the five years that Kempe conducted the orchestra; indeed, the impression was retrospectively reinforced (one critic many years later compiled a now famous, comprehensive and comparative discography, citing a recording of Kempe’s Bayreuth Ring as the best recording ever). Originally trained as an oboist, the Dresden-born Kempe began conducting in the 1930s and after the war became director of the Dresden, and then of the Bavarian state opera companies. In the course of the 1950s he enjoyed great success as a guest conductor at London’s Covent Garden (including Wagner’s Ring), and in 1961, the second year he conducted the Ring in Bayreuth, he assumed direction of the Royal Philharmonic. This recording, available for the first time, has been remastered from the original tapes of the Bavarian Broadcasting Company. What makes this release so unique is its cast, many of whom can be heard giving their debuts in Bayreuth.

Cast:
- Wotan: Jerome Hines
- Donner/Gunther: Thomas Stewart
- Froh: David Thaw
- Loge: Gerhard Stolze
- Fasolt: David Ward
- Fafner: Peter Roth-Ehrang
- Alberich: Otakar Kraus
- Mime: Herold Kraus
- Hunding/Hagen: Gottlob Frick
- Fricka: Regina Resnik
- Freia/Ortlinde/Gutrune: Wilma Schmidt
- Erda: Marga Höffgen
- Woglinde/Helmwige/Waldvogel: Ingeborg Felderer
- Wellgunde/Grimgerde: Elisabeth Steiner
- Flosshilde/Waltraute: Elisabeth Schärtel
- Siegmund: Fritz Uhl
- Sieglinde/3rd Norn: Régine Crespin
- Brünnhilde (Die Walküre): Astrid Varnay
- Siegfried: Hans Hopf
- Der Wanderer: James Milligan
- Brünnhilde (Siegfried, Götterdämmerung): Birgit Nilsson
- Gerhilde: Gertraud Hopf
- Schwertleite: Lilo Brockhaus
- Sigrune/Waltraute (Götterdämmerung)/2nd Norn: Grace Hoffmann
- Rossweisse: Ruth Hesse

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