Twilight of the Gods: The Ultimate Wagner Ring Collection

Twilight of the Gods: The Ultimate Wagner Ring Collection

by Bryn Terfel

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Overview

Twilight of the Gods: The Ultimate Wagner Ring Collection

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 K�nig 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2012
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947906384
catalogNumber: 001724902

Tracks

  1. Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Brünnhilde's Immolation. Fliegt heim, ihr Raben!
  2. Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Siegfried's Death and Funeral March. Errätst du au
  3. Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Groß Glück und Heil
  4. Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Hagen's Watch. Hier sitz ich zur Wacht
  5. Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Siegfried's Rhine Journey
  6. Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Dawn - Love Duet. Zu neuen Taten
  7. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Love Duet. Sangst du mir nicht
  8. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Brünnhilde's Awakening. Heil dir, Sonne!
  9. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Dir Unweisen ruf ich's ins Ohr
  10. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Nun sing! Ich lausche dem Gesang
  11. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Siegfied's Forging Song. Hoho! hoho! hohei!
  12. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Magic Fire Music. Wer meines Speeres Spitze fürcht
  13. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Wotan's Farewell. In festen Schlaf
  14. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: The Ride of the Valkyries. Hojotoho! Hojotoho!
  15. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: So ist es denn aus mit den ewigen Göttern
  16. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Brünnhilde's Battle Cry. Nun zäume dein Ross . . .
  17. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Siegmund's Spring Song and Love Duet. Winterstürme
  18. Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Donner Summons the Mists - Wotan Greets Valhalla -
  19. Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Erda's Warning. Weiche, Wotan, weiche!
  20. Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Alberich's Curse. Bin ich nun frei?
  21. Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Descent into Nibelheim. Ihr andern harrt bis Abend
  22. Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Wotan, Gemahl, erwache!... Vollendet das ewige Wer
  23. Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Fing eine diese Faust!
  24. Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a: Prelude. Weia! Waga! Woge, du Welle!

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