Wagner - Das Rheingold | Opus Arte OACD9001D

Wagner - Das Rheingold

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Label: Opus Arte

Cat No: OACD9001D

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 26th April 2010

Contents

Artists

Albert Dohmen
Ralf Lukas
Clemens Bieber
Arnold Bezuyen
Andrew Shore
Gerhard Siegel
Kwangchul Youn
Hans-Peter Konig
Michelle Breedt
Edith Haller
Christa Mayer
Fionnuala McCarthy
Ulrike Helzel
Simone Schroder
Bayreuther Festspiele Orchestra

Conductor

Christian Thielemann

Works

Wagner, Richard

Das Rheingold

Artists

Albert Dohmen
Ralf Lukas
Clemens Bieber
Arnold Bezuyen
Andrew Shore
Gerhard Siegel
Kwangchul Youn
Hans-Peter Konig
Michelle Breedt
Edith Haller
Christa Mayer
Fionnuala McCarthy
Ulrike Helzel
Simone Schroder
Bayreuther Festspiele Orchestra

Conductor

Christian Thielemann

About

Das Rheingold is the first part of Wagner's epic four-opera cycle – a work of extraordinary scale. Based loosely on characters from the Norse sagas, it is a work that follows the struggles of gods, heroes, mythical creatures, and the eponymous magical Ring that grants dominion over the entire world.

The music is richly textured and grows in complexity as the cycle proceeds - Wagner wrote for an orchestra of gargantuan proportions, including a greatly enlarged brass section with new instruments invented especially for the work.

The Bayreuth Festspielhaus was constructed for this work to be performed in, with a specially designed stage that allows singers' voices to blend with the huge orchestra without straining - essential for such long performances.

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival in 2008, this production stars a host of international stars including Michelle Breedt, Albert Dohmen and Hans-Peter König. Christian Thielemann, one of the most sought-after conductors in the world, takes the baton with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.

Cast:
- Wotan: Albert Dohmen
- Donner: Ralf Lukas
- Froh: Clemens Bieber
- Loge: Arnold Bezuyen
- Alberich: Andrew Shore
- Mime: Gerhard Siegel
- Fasolt: Kwangchul Youn
- Fafner: Hans-Peter König
- Fricka: Michelle Breedt
- Freia: Edith Haller
- Erda: Christa Mayer
- Woglinde: Fionnuala McCarthy
- Wellgunde: Ulrike Helzel
- Floßhilde: Simone Schröder

Director: Tankred Dorst

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, in 2008.

Whatever one's take on the production, Mr. Thielemann drew a probing, radiant and exhilarating musical performance from this orchestra of dedicated instrumentalists’ - New York Times

Running time: 151 mins

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