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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
It speaks very highly of any singer if, on a solo recital disc, he is joined by artists of the caliber of Daniel Barenboim and Plácido Domingo. On this album of operatic scenes and arias by Wagner, bass René Pape shows himself to be very much in the league of Barenboim and Domingo. Perhaps most importantly, he has the commanding personality that's a bottom-line necessity in making the composer's mythic characters believable and sympathetic even in their moral complexity. And his voice is ideal for Wagner: absolutely secure and full in its depths and heights, subtly colored, and with a loamy richness that projects over the orchestra without forcing. He was only in his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
It speaks very highly of any singer if, on a solo recital disc, he is joined by artists of the caliber of Daniel Barenboim and Plácido Domingo. On this album of operatic scenes and arias by Wagner, bass René Pape shows himself to be very much in the league of Barenboim and Domingo. Perhaps most importantly, he has the commanding personality that's a bottom-line necessity in making the composer's mythic characters believable and sympathetic even in their moral complexity. And his voice is ideal for Wagner: absolutely secure and full in its depths and heights, subtly colored, and with a loamy richness that projects over the orchestra without forcing. He was only in his mid-forties when he made this album, so he should have a long and fruitful career ahead as he gains even deeper insight into these demanding roles. The scenes recorded here spotlight Pape's gifts wonderfully. In the program notes, he discusses Wagner's desire for singers to master a kind of bel canto vocal production that could also accommodate the percussive consonants of the German language, and Pape exemplifies that kind of synthesis: warm, shapely bel canto singing in which the words are projected with power and absolute clarity. His Wotan, in his farewell to Brünnhilde at the end of "Die Walküre," is heartbreaking in his intense expression of a father's conflicted grief. He is as powerful in his moments of tenderness as in his raging against the tragedy he cannot avert. Pape's Gurnemanz radiates compassion and wisdom, and the synergy between him and Domingo is thrilling in their extended scene from "Parsifal." Barenboim, a veteran Wagner conductor, brings masterful insight to these scenes; he leads Staatskapelle Berlin in performances that are beautifully paced, and their details shine with clarity even through the composer's sometimes dense orchestration. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is clean and warmly ambient.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2011
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947766179
  • Catalog Number: 001529702
  • Sales rank: 224,917

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 3. Wotans Abschied und Feuerzauber. Leb wohl, - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (4:41)
  2. 2 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 3. Wotans Abschied und Feuerzauber. Der Augen - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (5:56)
  3. 3 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 3. Wotans Abschied und Feuerzauber. Loge, hör! - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (4:43)
  4. 4 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Act 2. Fliedermonolog. Was duftet doch der Flieder - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (6:41)
  5. 5 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Act 2. Hört, ihr Leut - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (2:38)
  6. 6 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Act 3. Verachtet mir die Meister nicht - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (6:35)
  7. 7 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 1. Gott grüß euch, liebe Männer von Brabant! - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (2:58)
  8. 8 Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Oh Gnade! Höchstes Heil! - Oh Herr! War es - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (6:13)
  9. 9 Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Und ich, ich bin's - Nicht doch! Die heilge - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (5:28)
  10. 10 Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Gesegnet sei, du Reiner, durch das Reine! - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (5:00)
  11. 11 Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Wie dünkt mich doch die Aue - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (6:53)
  12. 12 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Act 3. Wie Todesahnung... O du mein holder Abendst - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (4:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
René Pape Primary Artist
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