Wagner: The Ring - An Orchestral Adventure

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Though the work is essentially an arrangement of Wagner's original, this 2008 recording of Henk de Vlieger's "The Ring, an orchestral adventure" with Neeme Järvi leading the Royal Scottish National Orchestra can't be expected to compete with Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen" on its own terms. Also, because it is a continuous orchestral précis of "Der Ring" with the vocal parts rescored for orchestra, it also doesn't compete with more usual offereings of orchestral excerpts from the gargantuan tetrology. Vlieger's "Ring"'s only real competition is from Lorin Maazel's "Ring Without Words," his arrangement of "Der Ring" into a continuous orchestral précis that he recorded ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Though the work is essentially an arrangement of Wagner's original, this 2008 recording of Henk de Vlieger's "The Ring, an orchestral adventure" with Neeme Järvi leading the Royal Scottish National Orchestra can't be expected to compete with Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen" on its own terms. Also, because it is a continuous orchestral précis of "Der Ring" with the vocal parts rescored for orchestra, it also doesn't compete with more usual offereings of orchestral excerpts from the gargantuan tetrology. Vlieger's "Ring"'s only real competition is from Lorin Maazel's "Ring Without Words," his arrangement of "Der Ring" into a continuous orchestral précis that he recorded with the Berliner Philharmoniker back in 1990 for Telarc. And though the sound here by Chandos is splendid and the playing of the Scottish orchestra is superb, neither can beat Telarc at the peak of its game and the Berlin orchestra at the peak of its form. Järvi elicits a strong and colorful performance from the Scot's players and Vlieger's arrangement is a cogent and well-crafted series of episodes. But Maazel's virtuosity on the podium and the more convincing totality of his arrangement put his recording out of the reach of this one. If you're looking for one and only one orchestral précis of Wagner's "Ring," make it Maazel's. If you're looking for two, check out Järvi's. It should be added that the inclusion of Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll" as an encore was inspired. The performance itself, while expertly executed, is a bit on the quick and cool side.
Audiophile Audition - John Nemaric
I strongly recommend this SACD, a must-have for music lovers and all those Wagnerites who need a real Wagner fix once in a while everyday just like I do.
Daily Telegraph - Matthew Rye
A four-movements-in-one symphony as ingenious in its transitions...as in the way the integrity of Wagner's music is maintained. The RSNO plays magnificently.

A four-movements-in-one symphony as ingenious in its transitions...as in the way the integrity of Wagner's music is maintained. The RSNO plays magnificently.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115506028
  • Catalog Number: 5060
  • Sales rank: 101,310

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: 1. Vorspiel. Ruhig heitere Bewegung - - Richard Wagner & Neeme Jarvi (3:57)
  2. 2 Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: 2. Das Rheingold. [ ] - Beschleuniged - - Richard Wagner & Neeme Jarvi (1:58)
  3. 3 Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: 3. Nibelheim. Sehr schnell - - Richard Wagner & Neeme Jarvi (2:32)
  4. 4 Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: 4. Walhall. Mäßig bewegt - Lebhaft - Richard Wagner & Neeme Jarvi (3:25)
  5. 5 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: 5. Die Walküren. [ ] - - Richard Wagner & Neeme Jarvi (3:51)
  6. 6 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: 6. Feuerzauber. [ ] - - Richard Wagner & Neeme Jarvi (3:29)
  7. 7 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: 7. Waldweben. [ ] - - Richard Wagner & Neeme Jarvi (2:10)
  8. 8 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: 8. Siegfrieds Heldentat. Mäßig bewegt - Mäßig - Le - Richard Wagner & Neeme Jarvi (6:16)
  9. 9 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: 9. Brünnhildes Erwachen. [ ] - Sehr mäßig - Immer - Richard Wagner & Neeme Jarvi (4:59)
  10. 10 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: 10. Siegfried und Brünnhilde. Sehr ruhig - Ziemlic - Richard Wagner & Neeme Jarvi (4:19)
  11. 11 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: 11. Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt. Schnell - Rasch - Sehr - Richard Wagner & Neeme Jarvi (5:36)
  12. 12 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: 12. Siegfrieds Tod. Sehr mäßig - Allmählich belebt - Richard Wagner & Neeme Jarvi (4:47)
  13. 13 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: 13. Trauermusik. Feierlich - Sehr ruhig - - Richard Wagner & Neeme Jarvi (5:09)
  14. 14 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: 14. Brünnhildes Opfertat. Lebhaft - Noch etwas leb - Richard Wagner & Neeme Jarvi (7:58)
  15. 15–17 Siegfried Idyll, for small orchestra in E major, WWV 103 - Richard Wagner & Neeme Jarvi (15:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neeme Jarvi Primary Artist
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