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Posted October 1, 2010
Barenboim leads a masterful interpretation of what may be one of Wagner's best known operas. The tempi match the content far better than other's interpretations have; and John Tomlinson makes a far more interesting Wotan than Hans Hotter ever did. For example, at the end of Act II, when he says, ''Geh', geh''' to Hunding, instead of whispering the second word as Hotter did, he shouts it - a for more fitting introduction to his building wrath against Brunhilde. Matthais Holle does a wonderfully despicable Hunding. Poul Elming is a vibrant and lively Siegmund. He is able to put the right amount of histrionics into his words - at times, almost a ''singspiele'' style - to emphasize the meaning of what his character is saying. The biggest limitation of this album is that Anne Evans' voice seems a bit weak for the role of Brunhilde; and there is a degree of extraneous noise that is unavoidable at a live recording. Otherwise this is a monumental recording of this fine opera.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 13, 2009
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