Notes & Reviews:
Following their Gramophone Award-winning recording of Götterdammerung, the Hallé under Sir Mark Elder announces its long-awaited release of the live recording of Wagner's Die Walküre, taken from the acclaimed Manchester International Festival 2011 performance at Bridgewater Hall. Thought by many to be Wagner's greatest opera, Die Walküre is a psychological drama charting the full range of emotions in music that is powerful, tender, and everything in between, with orchestral and vocal writing that perfectly displays the master craftsman at work.
The Sunday Times
[The Hallé's concert performance of Die Walküre was] a two-day emotional journey that left me feeling torn apart. Act I was captivating and potent; Act II fiercely moving; Act III enough to make one rush from the hall and plunge in a Manchester canal. The gigantic orchestral climax interrupting Wotan's Farewell was as convulsively emotional as I could want it. Subtleties of orchestral shading and balance went by like an express train. The conducting was inspired; the immense structure cohered; one looks forward to the issue of the live recording happily being made.
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