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Twilight Of The Gods - Wagner Highlights from Der Ring des Nibelungen / Blythe, Kaufmann, Morris, Terfel, Voigt et al. / MET, Levine

Audio Samples

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
>     Prelude. Weia! Waga! Woge, du Welle!
>     Fing eine diese Faust!
>     Wotan, Gemahl, erwache!... Vollendet das ewige Werk
>     Descent into Nibelheim. Ihr andern harrt bis Abend hier
>     Alberich's Curse. Bin ich nun frei?
>     Erda's Warning. Weiche, Wotan, weiche!
>     Donner Summons the Mists - Wotan Greets Valhalla - Entry of the Gods into Valhalla. H
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>     Siegmund's Spring Song and Love Duet. Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnenmond
>     Brünnhilde's Battle Cry. Nun zäume dein Ross . . . Hojotoho!
>     So ist es denn aus mit den ewigen Göttern
>     The Ride of the Valkyries. Hojotoho! Hojotoho!
>     Wotan's Farewell. In festen Schlaf
>     Magic Fire Music. Wer meines Speeres Spitze fürchtet
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>     Siegfied's Forging Song. Hoho! hoho! hohei!
>     Nun sing! Ich lausche dem Gesang
>     Dir Unweisen ruf ich's ins Ohr
>     Brünnhilde's Awakening. Heil dir, Sonne!
>     Love Duet. Sangst du mir nicht
>Wagner, Richard : Die Gotterdammerung
>     Dawn - Love Duet. Zu neuen Taten
>     Siegfried's Rhine Journey
>     Hagen's Watch. Hier sitz ich zur Wacht
>     Groá Glück und Heil
>     Siegfried's Death and Funeral March. Errätst du auch dieser Raben Geraun? ... B
>     Brünnhilde's Immolation. Fliegt heim, ihr Raben!

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>Wagner, Richard : Die Gotterdammerung
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The most famous, the most performed, the most thrilling, and the most recorded opera cycle in music history

A unique and exclusive package, on multi-set DVD and Blu-Ray, of the most successful Ring Cycle production of the 21th century

Filmed at the world-famous Metropolitan Opera House in New York, in high definition - the award winning Robert Lepage production.

Featuring Bryn Terfel as "Wotan" - universally recognized as the finest Bass-baritone - and "Wotan" - of his generation

Also starring Deborah Voigt as "Brunnhilde", and Star Tenor Jonas Kaufmann as "Siegmund"

This award-winning and ground-breaking production has been seen by over 150,000 people at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and subsequently by a remarkable 800,000 people in cinemas and movie-theaters around the globe

Screenings have taken place in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, The UK and the US.

The Guardian, September 2012
The bleeding chunks, two operas to a disc, are more or less predictable...but there are tracks to treasure. Bryn Terfel's singing of Wotan's Farewell and his account of the Wanderer's Dir Unweisen Ruf'ich Ins Ohr are moving; Hans-Peter König gives a black, implacable account of Hagen's Watch, while the easy fluency and almost baritonal richness of Jonas Kaufmann's Siegmund [is] a joy.

International Record Review, December 2012
Terfel is the finest Wotan before the public today...Blythe's brief appearances as Fricka find her in superb voice...Kaufmann is extraordinary as Siegmund; the velvety-chocolate depths of his baritonal-tenor and his aristocratic phrasing...[are] worth the cost of the set alone...Voigt is not the loudest Brunnhilde on record but sounds girlish in Walkure and is note-accurate, although sometimes a little pinched at the top of her range.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Metropolitan Opera (2010-2012).



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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold :: Prelude. Weia! Waga! Woge, du Welle!
  • Performers: Tamara Mumford (Mezzo Soprano); Lisette Oropesa; Erin Morley; Eric Owens (Bass Baritone); Jennifer Cano
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853-1854

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold :: Fing eine diese Faust!
  • Performers: Tamara Mumford (Mezzo Soprano); Jennifer Cano; Erin Morley; Lisette Oropesa; Eric Owens (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853-1854

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold :: Wotan, Gemahl, erwache!... Vollendet das ewige Werk
  • Performers: Stephanie Blythe (Mezzo Soprano); Bryn Terfel
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853-1854

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold :: Descent into Nibelheim. Ihr andern harrt bis Abend hier
  • Performers: Adam Diegel (Tenor); Gerhard Siegel (Tenor); Dwayne Croft (Baritone); Eric Owens (Bass Baritone); Stephanie Blythe (Mezzo Soprano); Bryn Terfel
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853-1854

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold :: Alberich's Curse. Bin ich nun frei?
  • Performer: Eric Owens (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853-1854

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold :: Erda's Warning. Weiche, Wotan, weiche!
  • Performers: Stephanie Blythe (Mezzo Soprano); Patricia Bardon (Mezzo Soprano); Bryn Terfel; Adam Diegel (Tenor)
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853-1854

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold :: Donner Summons the Mists - Wotan Greets Valhalla - Entry of the Gods into Valhalla. H
  • Performers: Stephanie Blythe (Mezzo Soprano); Adam Diegel (Tenor); Dwayne Croft (Baritone); Richard Croft; Jennifer Cano; Lisette Oropesa; Bryn Terfel; Erin Morley; Tamara Mumford (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 11 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853-1854

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Siegmund's Spring Song and Love Duet. Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnenmond
  • Performers: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor); Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano)
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 14 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Brünnhilde's Battle Cry. Nun zäume dein Ross . . . Hojotoho!
  • Performers: Deborah Voigt (Soprano); Bryn Terfel
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: So ist es denn aus mit den ewigen Göttern
  • Performer: Stephanie Blythe (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: The Ride of the Valkyries. Hojotoho! Hojotoho!
  • Performers: Lindsay Ammann; Molly Fillmore; Waltraud Meier (Mezzo Soprano); Kelly Hogan; Mary Phillips (Mezzo Soprano); Eve Gigliotti (Soprano); Marjorie Dix; Mary McCormick (Mezzo Soprano); Wendy Harmer
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Wotan's Farewell. In festen Schlaf
  • Performers: Bryn Terfel; Deborah Voigt (Soprano)
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 12 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Magic Fire Music. Wer meines Speeres Spitze fürchtet
  • Performer: Bryn Terfel
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried :: Siegfied's Forging Song. Hoho! hoho! hohei!
  • Performers: Gerhard Siegel (Tenor); Jay Morris (Voice)
  • Conductor: Fabio Luisi
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1871

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried :: Nun sing! Ich lausche dem Gesang
  • Performers: Mojca Erdmann (Soprano); Jay Morris (Voice)
  • Conductor: Fabio Luisi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1871

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried :: Dir Unweisen ruf ich's ins Ohr
  • Performer: Bryn Terfel
  • Conductor: Fabio Luisi
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1871

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried :: Brünnhilde's Awakening. Heil dir, Sonne!
  • Performers: Jay Morris (Voice); Deborah Voigt (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Fabio Luisi
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1871

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried :: Love Duet. Sangst du mir nicht
  • Performers: Jay Morris (Voice); Deborah Voigt (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Fabio Luisi
  • Running Time: 13 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1871

>Wagner, Richard : Die Götterdämmerung :: Dawn - Love Duet. Zu neuen Taten
  • Performers: Deborah Voigt (Soprano); Jay Morris (Voice)
  • Conductor: Fabio Luisi
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Die Götterdämmerung :: Siegfried's Rhine Journey
  • Conductor: Fabio Luisi
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Die Götterdämmerung :: Hagen's Watch. Hier sitz ich zur Wacht
  • Performer: Hans-Peter Konig
  • Conductor: Fabio Luisi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Die Götterdämmerung :: Groá Glück und Heil
  • Performer: Hans-Peter Konig
  • Conductor: Fabio Luisi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Die Götterdämmerung :: Siegfried's Death and Funeral March. Errätst du auch dieser Raben Geraun? ... B
  • Performers: Iain Paterson (Bass); Jay Morris (Voice); Hans-Peter Konig
  • Conductor: Fabio Luisi
  • Running Time: 13 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Die Götterdämmerung :: Brünnhilde's Immolation. Fliegt heim, ihr Raben!
  • Performers: Deborah Voigt (Soprano); Hans-Peter Konig
  • Conductor: Fabio Luisi
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874