Twilight of the Gods: The Ultimate Wagner Ring Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
In spite of the hype of its packaging whose intent seems to be to persuade that Wagner's "Ring" is as interesting as the epic Lord of the Rings and Star Wars films, this two-disc set offers a good sampling of highlights from the Metropolitan Opera's production of the complete cycle, unveiled between 2010 and 2012. The production by Robert Lepage generated considerable controversy, particularly over its gargantuan scenic elements, which necessitated rebuilding the Met's stage. Deutsche Grammophon has released the video of the Met's "Ring," but there are no indications of plans to release a complete audio version, so this may be the only opportunity for anyone who was not ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
In spite of the hype of its packaging whose intent seems to be to persuade that Wagner's "Ring" is as interesting as the epic Lord of the Rings and Star Wars films, this two-disc set offers a good sampling of highlights from the Metropolitan Opera's production of the complete cycle, unveiled between 2010 and 2012. The production by Robert Lepage generated considerable controversy, particularly over its gargantuan scenic elements, which necessitated rebuilding the Met's stage. Deutsche Grammophon has released the video of the Met's "Ring," but there are no indications of plans to release a complete audio version, so this may be the only opportunity for anyone who was not a fan of the visual elements to simply listen to the music. James Levine conducts the first two operas, but had to withdraw from the project for health reasons and Fabio Luisi, now the Met's principal conductor, leads the last two. Both draw sumptuous, expansive, dramatically surging performances from the Met Orchestra, whose playing throughout is thrilling. The singers are all at least very fine; although their consistency may not stand up to the casts of some recordings, there are no weak links. Several performers stand out for their remarkably astute and memorable singing and acting. Eric Owens' Alberich is exceptionally well-developed and emotionally complex, and his oaken tone is unforgettable. Stephanie Blythe's Fricka is sharply etched and similarly impressive. Jonas Kaufmann's baritonal tenor beautifully suits Siegmund, and he sings with Italianate fervor and heat. Hans-Peter König is chilling in the villainous roles of Fafner, Hunding, and Hagen. The set would make a good but brief introduction to "The Ring" for the uninitiated, and should be a teaser for anyone curious about the Met's ambitious production.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2012
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947906384
  • Catalog Number: 001724902
  • Sales rank: 16,194

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Prelude. Weia! Waga! Woge, du Welle! - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (6:44)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byJames Levine
    Performed byJames Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Eric Owens, Tamara Mumford, Erin Morley, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Lisette Oropesa
  2. 2 Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Fing eine diese Faust! - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (2:48)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byJames Levine
    Performed byJames Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Eric Owens, Tamara Mumford, Erin Morley, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Lisette Oropesa
  3. 3 Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Wotan, Gemahl, erwache!... Vollendet das ewige Wer - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (3:28)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byJames Levine
    Performed byJames Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bryn Terfel, Stephanie Blythe
  4. 4 Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Descent into Nibelheim. Ihr andern harrt bis Abend - Richard Wagner & Dwayne Croft (4:31)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byJames Levine
    Performed byDwayne Croft, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bryn Terfel, Eric Owens, Stephanie Blythe, Gerhard Siegel, Adam Diegel
  5. 5 Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Alberich's Curse. Bin ich nun frei? - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (3:54)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byJames Levine
    Performed byJames Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Eric Owens
  6. 6 Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Erda's Warning. Weiche, Wotan, weiche! - Richard Wagner & Patricia Bardon (5:11)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byJames Levine
    Performed byPatricia Bardon, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bryn Terfel, Stephanie Blythe, Adam Diegel
  7. 7 Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Donner Summons the Mists - Wotan Greets Valhalla - - Richard Wagner & Dwayne Croft (11:08)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byJames Levine
    Performed byDwayne Croft, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bryn Terfel, Stephanie Blythe, Adam Diegel, Tamara Mumford, Erin Morley, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Lisette Oropesa, Richard Croft
  8. 8 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Siegmund's Spring Song and Love Duet. Winterstürme - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (14:14)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byJames Levine
    Performed byJames Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jonas Kaufmann, Eva-Maria Westbroek
  9. 9 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Brünnhilde's Battle Cry. Nun zäume dein Ross . . . - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (4:29)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byJames Levine
    Performed byJames Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt
  10. 10 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: So ist es denn aus mit den ewigen Göttern - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (3:03)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byJames Levine
    Performed byJames Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Stephanie Blythe
  11. 11 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: The Ride of the Valkyries. Hojotoho! Hojotoho! - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (6:12)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byJames Levine
    Performed byJames Levine, Waltraud Meier, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Mary Ann McCormick, Mary Phillips, Eve Gigliotti, Marjorie Elinor Dix, Kelly Hogan, Lindsay Ammann, Molly Fillmore, Wendy Bryn Harmer
  12. 12 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Wotan's Farewell. In festen Schlaf - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (12:06)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byJames Levine
    Performed byJames Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt
  13. 13 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Magic Fire Music. Wer meines Speeres Spitze fürcht - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (3:15)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byJames Levine
    Performed byJames Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bryn Terfel
Disc 2
  1. 1 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Siegfied's Forging Song. Hoho! hoho! hohei! - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (5:51)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byFabio Luisi
    Performed byFabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jay Morris, Gerhard Siegel
  2. 2 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Nun sing! Ich lausche dem Gesang - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (4:06)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byFabio Luisi
    Performed byFabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jay Morris, Mojca Erdmann
  3. 3 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Dir Unweisen ruf ich's ins Ohr - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (5:08)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byFabio Luisi
    Performed byFabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bryn Terfel
  4. 4 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Brünnhilde's Awakening. Heil dir, Sonne! - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (7:19)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byFabio Luisi
    Performed byFabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jay Morris, Deborah Voigt
  5. 5 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Love Duet. Sangst du mir nicht - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (13:42)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byFabio Luisi
    Performed byFabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jay Morris, Deborah Voigt
  6. 6 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Dawn - Love Duet. Zu neuen Taten - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (5:24)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byFabio Luisi
    Performed byFabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jay Morris, Deborah Voigt
  7. 7 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Siegfried's Rhine Journey - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (6:40)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byFabio Luisi
    Performed byFabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  8. 8 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Hagen's Watch. Hier sitz ich zur Wacht - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (4:19)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byFabio Luisi
    Performed byFabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Hans-Peter König
  9. 9 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Groß Glück und Heil - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (4:07)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byFabio Luisi
    Performed byFabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Hans-Peter König
  10. 10 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Siegfried's Death and Funeral March. Errätst du au - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (13:10)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byFabio Luisi
    Performed byFabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jay Morris, Iain Paterson, Hans-Peter König
  11. 11 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Brünnhilde's Immolation. Fliegt heim, ihr Raben! - Richard Wagner & Ute Fesquet (7:31)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byFabio Luisi
    Performed byFabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Deborah Voigt, Hans-Peter König
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