Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Kollo, Schreier, Jerusalem, Moll, Adam, Norman, Popp et al. / Marek Janowski, Staatskapelle Dresden [14 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

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This, the first digitally recorded cycle to appear on CD, has always had a great deal to commend it. One of its most telling assets is the actual recording, still the most natural, clear, and most sensitively balanced available. Then it has the Dresden Staatskapelle playing with the utmost beauty from start to finish. (14 CDs)


Works:

Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner

Performer: Jessye Norman (Soprano), Kurt Moll (Bass), Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor),
Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano), Matti Salminen (Bass), Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass Baritone),
Peter Schreier (Tenor), René Kollo (Tenor), Theo Adam (Bass),
Ortrun Wenkel (Mezzo Soprano), Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano), Lucia Popp (Soprano),
Ortrun Wenkel (Alto), Eberhard Büchner (Tenor), Jeanine Altmeyer (Soprano)
Conductor: Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853-1874; Germany
Venue: St Luke's Church, Dresden
Language: German

Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner

Performer: Karl-Heinz Stryczek (Bass), Peter Schreier (Tenor), Theo Adam (Bass),
Christian Vogel (Tenor), Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass Baritone), Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano),
Ortrun Wenkel (Alto), Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano), Roland Bracht (Bass),
Ute Priew (Mezzo Soprano), Lucia Popp (Soprano), Matti Salminen (Bass),
Marita Napier (Soprano), Eberhard Büchner (Tenor)
Conductor: Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854; Germany
Venue: St Luke's Church, Dresden
Language: German

Siegfried by Richard Wagner

Performer: René Kollo (Tenor), Peter Schreier (Tenor), Matti Salminen (Bass),
Norma Sharp (Soprano), Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass Baritone), Jeanine Altmeyer (Soprano),
Ortrun Wenkel (Alto), Theo Adam (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871; Germany
Venue: St Luke's Church, Dresden
Language: German

Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner

Performer: Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano), Ute Priew (Mezzo Soprano), Lucia Popp (Soprano),
Ruth Falcon (Soprano), Daphne Evangelatos (Mezzo Soprano), Anne Gjevang (Alto),
Ortrun Wenkel (Mezzo Soprano), Norma Sharp (Soprano), Jeanine Altmeyer (Soprano),
Matti Salminen (Bass), Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass Baritone), René Kollo (Tenor),
Hans Günther Nöcker (Baritone)
Conductor: Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Staatskapelle, Dresden State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1861-1874; Germany
Venue: St Luke's Church, Dresden
Language: German

Die Walküre by Richard Wagner

Performer: Ortrun Wenkel (Mezzo Soprano), Anne Gjevang (Alto), Ruth Falcon (Soprano),
Christel Borchers (Mezzo Soprano), Kathleen Kuhlmann (Alto), Ute Priew (Mezzo Soprano),
Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor), Kurt Moll (Bass), Jessye Norman (Soprano),
Theo Adam (Bass), Cheryl Studer (Soprano), Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano),
Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Soprano), Jeanine Altmeyer (Soprano)
Conductor: Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856; Germany
Venue: St Luke's Church, Dresden
Language: German



American Record Guide, May/June 2013
All in all, it has held up quite well. The digital sound is still excellent. The cast is strong and consistent from opera to opera. If you're considering learning the Ring, there could not be a better place to start than this recording plus a good libretto. The price is modest, there is no weak or off-putting performance, and the drama of the music is all there. Later, you will be able to explore the wonderful historical performances by Krauss, Furtwangler, Knappertsbusch, and Kempe, and other modern performances such as Solti and Karajan. I am eager to hear how Janowski approaches this music in his new recording, some 30 years after this one.

The Guardian, 28th June 2012
Janowski's unfussy, clearly laid out performances, with the Dresden Staatskapelle on superlative form, may lack the sweep and energy of Solti's, or the compelling beauty of Karajan's, but they still have much to recommend them... Jessye Norman, then at the height of her vocal powers, is a rich-toned Sieglinde.

These imports feature German pressings from the immense Sony Classical Masters Catalog in smart and collectible multi-disc editions. The Sony catalog is replete with legendary artists and hold many of the greatest recordings of the classical repertoire. Each box features large, prominently displayed photo of the featured artist. and comes packaged in a slender, shelf-friendly box with the CDs themselves housed in space-saving slipsleeves.



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