Gods, Kings & Demons

Gods, Kings & Demons

by René Pape
     
 
The eagerly awaited DG debut solo disc from René Pape has arrived! The reigning operatic bass of today, Pape has created an international fan base with his moving performances on every major operatic stage. This recital brings together the roles that have made his career, as well as a few rarities. Highlights are his moving monologue from Verdi’s Don Carlo and

Overview

The eagerly awaited DG debut solo disc from René Pape has arrived! The reigning operatic bass of today, Pape has created an international fan base with his moving performances on every major operatic stage. This recital brings together the roles that have made his career, as well as a few rarities. Highlights are his moving monologue from Verdi’s Don Carlo and King Marke’s monologue from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Pape is joined by conductor Sebastian Weigle, who leads the Staatskapelle Dresden. From the Label

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Bass René Pape has been a highly visible presence on the international opera scene since the early '90s, so it's surprising that this release is his first solo album. It includes some of his signature roles from Wagner and Verdi, as well as some selections from more obscure operas and roles he hasn't yet sung onstage. The title, Gods, Kings, & Demons, aptly reflects the character of the majority of bass roles in opera. In this collection, the demons get the bulk of the attention. Pape includes excerpts from three of the big "Faust" operas -- "Faust," "Mefistofele," and "La Damnation de Faust" (Busoni's Mephistopheles is a tenor) -- as well as Rubinstein's "Demon" and Dvorák's "Rusalka." The variety of these depictions of the malevolent is a testimony to both the composers' inventiveness and Pape's dramatic gifts. The two selections from "Faust," "Le veau d'or" and "Vous qui faites l'endormie," demonstrate Pape's ability to color his voice and shape his delivery to convey the complexity of the character of Méphistophélès. The arias from Rubinstein's "Demon," an opera Pape loves, are so gorgeous and Pape's performance of them is so sumptuous that it's a shame he's never had a chance to record or perform the complete opera. He also excels in expressing the emotional turmoil of Verdi's King Philip and Wagner's King Mark and Boris Godunov. Pape's approach is understated and intelligent; he doesn't need to shout or overact to convey feelings of great intensity. His voice is large and dark, but he uses it colorfully, according to the dramatic requirements of each role. Sebastian Weigle leads theStaatskeppelle Dresden and Staatsopernchor Dresden in performances of exceptional energy and refinement. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is clear and warm, with excellent balance.
New York Times - Anthony Tommasini
That the German bass René Pape is one of the most compelling artists to have emerged internationally in the last 15 years is proved again by his phenomenal singing on his new recording.
Gramophone - John Steane
Pape's singing here is altogether admirable in its sonority, firmness and command of the legato line. He has a natural dignity of utterance and his diction is exceptionally clear, sampled on this record in five languages.
Classic FM Magazine
I defy anyone to hear the relatively rarely recorded, but spine-tinglingly sumptuous, arias from Anton Rubinstein’s opera The Demon without melting into a heap.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2008
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947764083
catalogNumber:
001223902
Rank:
311708

Tracks

  1. Faust, opera: Act 2. Le veau d'or est toujours debout / Ronde du  - Charles Gounod  - Jules Barbier  - Michel Carré  -  Dresden State Opera Chorus  - Peggy Cochrane  -  Dresden Staatskapelle  - Fred Munzmaier  - Roland Ott  - René Pape  - Sebastian Weigle  - Ulrich Paetzholdt
  2. Faust, opera: Act 4. Sérénade. Vous qui faites l'endormie  - Charles Gounod  - Jules Barbier  - Michel Carré  - Peggy Cochrane  -  Dresden Staatskapelle  - Fred Munzmaier  - Roland Ott  - René Pape  - Sebastian Weigle
  3. Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: Act 2. Ballata. Ecco il mondo, vuoto e tondo  - Arrigo Boito  - Arrigo Boito  - Avril Bardoni  -  Dresden Staatskapelle  - Fred Munzmaier  - Roland Ott  - René Pape  - Sebastian Weigle
  4. La Damnation de Faust, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, chorus and orchestra, ("légende dramatique") H. 111 (Op. 24): Part 2. Aria. Voici des roses  - Hector Berlioz  - Hector Berlioz  - Gery Bramall  -  Dresden Staatskapelle  - Almire Gandonniere  - Fred Munzmaier  - Roland Ott  - René Pape  - Sebastian Weigle  - Arthur Poyars
  5. Don Carlo, opera: Act 4. Scena e Cantabile. Ella giammai m'amò! - Do  - Giuseppe Verdi  -  Dresden Staatskapelle  - Karl Dietrich Grawe  - Joseph Méry  - Gwyn Morris  - Fred Munzmaier  - Roland Ott  - René Pape  - Sebastian Weigle  - Camille du Locle
  6. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Act 4. Giulietta / Chanson. Scintille, diamant  - Jacques Offenbach  - Jules Barbier  - Kenneth Chalmers  - Peggy Cochrane  -  Dresden Staatskapelle  - Fred Munzmaier  - Roland Ott  - René Pape  - Gerd Uekermann  - Sebastian Weigle
  7. Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Scene 4. Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge  - Richard Wagner  - Richard Wagner  -  Dresden Staatskapelle  - Fred Munzmaier  - Roland Ott  - René Pape  - Lionel Salter  - Sebastian Weigle  - Alfred Ernst
  8. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 2. Tatest du's wirklich? Wähnst du das?  - Richard Wagner  - Richard Wagner  -  Dresden Staatskapelle  - Fred Munzmaier  - Roland Ott  - René Pape  - Lionel Salter  - Sebastian Weigle  - Jean D'Arieges
  9. The Demon (Der Dämon), opera: Act 2. Romance. Na vozdusnom okeane  - Anton Rubinstein  -  Dresden Staatskapelle  - Fred Munzmaier  - Roland Ott  - René Pape  - Sebastian Weigle  - Pavel Viskovatov
  10. The Demon (Der Dämon), opera: Act 2. Romance. Ne plac, ditya  - Anton Rubinstein  -  Dresden Staatskapelle  - Fred Munzmaier  - Roland Ott  - René Pape  - Sebastian Weigle  - Pavel Viskovatov
  11. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): Act 2. Beda! Beda! - Celý svet nedá ti  - Antonin Dvorák  -  Dresden Staatskapelle  - Jaroslav Kvapil  - Fred Munzmaier  - Roland Ott  - René Pape  - Sebastian Weigle
  12. Boris Godunov, opera (Rimsky-Korsakov edition): Act 4. Oy, dusno, dusno! - Proscay, moy sin / Deat  - Modest Mussorgsky  - Modest Mussorgsky  -  Dresden State Opera Chorus  -  Dresden Staatskapelle  - David Fanning  - Fred Munzmaier  - Roland Ott  - René Pape  - Sebastian Weigle  - Christine Zeytounian-Beloüs  - Ulrike Patow  - Ulrich Paetzholdt  - Carl-Johann Winkler

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René Pape   Primary Artist

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