- Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Nothung! Nothung! Neidliches Schwert!
- Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Was am besten er kann...Hoho! Hohei! Schmiede, mei
- Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Daß der mein Vater nicht ist (Forest murmurs)
- Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: In der Höhle hier lieg' auf dem Hort!
- Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Nun sing! Ich lausche dem Gesang
- Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Tagesgrauen (Daybreak)
- Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Zu neuen Taten, teurer Heide
- Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt
- Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Brünnhilde, heilige Braut!
- Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Trauermarsch (Funeral March)
Plácido Domingo follows up his acclaimed disc of Wagner Love Duets with this program of scenes from Wagner's Ring des Nibelungen. Domingo's Italianate voice is surprisingly well suited to this oh-so-Germanic music; his tone is not as metallic as most Wagnerian tenors, perhaps, but its warmth and dark coloring make Siegfried sound not only more passionate than usual but more vulnerable, too. This is particularly evident in the long monologue from Act II of Siegfried, where he wonders about his family, and then again at the end of Götterdämmerung, when with his dying breath he bids farewell to his beloved Brünnhilde. Violeta Urmana is a marvelous Brünnhilde and a perfect partner for Domingo, her voice similarly dark, with high notes that gleam intensely like stars in the night sky. Natalie Dessay is appropriately chirpy as the wood-bird, though her tone is not ideally focused. David Cangelosi is a real discovery as the evil dwarf Mime, his high tenor simply oozing with slimy malevolence. Special praise goes to conductor Antonio Pappano, who shapes these "bleeding chunks" of music quite forcefully. "Siegfried's Rhine Journey" has a sweeping grandeur, and the "Funeral Music" is grimly defiant. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, plays with an equal measure of guts and refinement for its new music director. We may never get to hear a complete Ring on record from Domingo, but luckily this disc gives us an idea of what a glorious achievement that might be.