Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen [Box Set]

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen [Box Set]

by Bernard Haitink
     
 

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Back in the glory days of early digital recordings, "Ring" cycles were being released fast and furiously. Old "Rings" were reissued with remastered sound -- Solti's on Decca, Böhm's on Philips, and Furtwängler's on EMI -- and new "Rings" were issued with digital sound -- …  See more details below

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Back in the glory days of early digital recordings, "Ring" cycles were being released fast and furiously. Old "Rings" were reissued with remastered sound -- Solti's on Decca, Böhm's on Philips, and Furtwängler's on EMI -- and new "Rings" were issued with digital sound -- Levine's on Deutsche Grammophon, Barenboim's on Teldec, and Haitink's on EMI. Almost 20 years later, EMI re-released Haitink's "Ring" as a single 14-disc set with full cast lists, notes, and plot summaries, but without librettos. As "Ring" cycles go, Haitink's ranks above most of its contemporaries. His casts are consistently fine and often outstanding. James Morris is a magnificent Wotan, Theo Adam is a nefarious Alberich, Eva Marton is a harrowing Brünnhilde, Siegfried Jerusalem is a convincing Siegfried, Reiner Goldberg is an acceptable Siegmund, and Cheryl Studer is a surprisingly effective Sieglinde. Haitink elicits powerful but subtle playing from the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The big moments are huge: Siegfried's "Funeral March" is colossal; the stormy moments are terrifying: the opening pages of "Die Walküre" are searing; and the ardent moments are passionate: the zenith of Siegfried is climactic. Even better, Haitink refrains from treating every moment as a big moment, but instead lets the music unfold naturally and dramatically. For listeners who were raised on the excitement of Solti or the profundity of Furtwängler, Haitink's "Ring" may not be the ultimate "Ring." But with excellent digital sound and a thoroughly satisfying interpretation, Haitink's may be the "Ring" of choice for those listeners who demand digital sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2008
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099951947927
catalogNumber:
19479

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Tracks

  1. Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a  - Richard Wagner  - Richard Wagner  - Theo Adam  - Peter Alward  -  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Peter Haage  - Bernard Haitink  - Sylvia Herman  - Eva Johansson  - Julie Kaufmann  - Marjana Lipovsek  - James Morris  - Susan Quittmeyer  - Jadwiga Rappe  - Kurt Rydl  -  Andreas Schmidt  - Peter Seiffert  - Hans Tschammer  - Heinz Zednik
  2. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b  - Richard Wagner  - Richard Wagner  - Peter Alward  -  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Ruth Falcon  - Reiner Goldberg  - Bernard Haitink  - Sylvia Herman  - Margaretha Hintermeier  - Ursula Kunz  - Margarita Lilova  - Eva Marton  - James Morris  - Matti Salminen  - Anita Soldh  - Cheryl Studer  - Ute Walther  - Carolyn Watkinson
  3. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c  - Richard Wagner  - Richard Wagner  - Theo Adam  - Peter Alward  -  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Peter Haage  - Bernard Haitink  - Siegfried Jerusalem  - Kiri Te Kanawa  - Eva Marton  - James Morris  - Jadwiga Rappe  - Kurt Rydl  -  Andreas Schmidt
  4. Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d  - Richard Wagner  - Richard Wagner  - Theo Adam  - Peter Alward  -  Bavarian Radio Chorus  -  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Eva-Maria Bundschuh  - Jane Eaglen  - Christine Hagen  - Bernard Haitink  - Thomas Hampson  - Sylvia Herman  - Siegfried Jerusalem  - Julie Kaufmann  - Marjana Lipovsek  - Eva Marton  - Jard van Nes  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - John Tomlinson

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