Wagner: The Ring - An Orchestral Adventure

Wagner: The Ring - An Orchestral Adventure

by Neeme Jarvi

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/04/2008
Label: Chandos
UPC: 0095115506028
catalogNumber: 5060
Rank: 90292

Tracks

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

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