Wagner - Siegfried: Act 3 (abridged) | SWR Music SWR19078CD

Wagner - Siegfried: Act 3 (abridged)

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Label: SWR Music

Cat No: SWR19078CD

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 9th August 2019

Contents

Works

Wagner, Richard

Siegfried
» Act 3 (abridged)

Artists

Lise Lindstrom (soprano)
Stefan Vinke (tenor)
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie

Conductor

Pietari Inkinen

Works

Wagner, Richard

Siegfried
» Act 3 (abridged)

Artists

Lise Lindstrom (soprano)
Stefan Vinke (tenor)
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie

Conductor

Pietari Inkinen

About

In June 1857, after completing the second act of Siegfried, Richard Wagner stopped working on his large-scale project The Ring of the Nibelung. By the time he picked up on Siegfried’s third act in March 1869 he had gained a new reputation as a music dramatist with Tristan and Isolde and The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. This facilitated a new-found life of privilege and luxury with Liszt’s daughter Cosima, enabling him to focus on his creative activities, free from worries.

There’s a distinct stylistic break between the second and third acts, which begins full of passion and ends with the great love scene between Brünnhilde and Siegfried, no doubt accounting for the sustained popularity of this final scene. It is often singled out from the rest of the work and the cycle for concert performances, as with the first act of The Valkyrie. In this Saarbrücken performance, the prelude to the third act, the orchestral introduction to the first scene and that of Siegfried’s walk through fire are heard first, in order to present the music as a dramaturgically well-rounded and homogeneous whole.

The conductor and singers are highly experienced Wagner performers. Lise Lindstrom’s performance as Brünnhilde in her first-ever full Ring Cycle for Opera Australia in 2016 received the Green Room Award and Helpmann Award. She has also performed excerpts from Siegfried and Götterdämmerung in the same role with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra under Pietari Inkinen. In the autumn of 2018, Pietari Inkinen returned to Melbourne to perform Wagner’s The Mastersingers of Nuremberg at Opera Australia, following his previous success with the revival of Neil Armfield’s renowned production of Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung in 2016, which had already earned him the Helpmann Award for best opera director in 2014.

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