Notes & Reviews:
Creating excitement is the aim of this effective music with its trombone attacks, bell tolls and horrors, sentimental cantilenas, sweet love duets and the famous overture: never was there the least doubt that Sebastian Weigle with the Frankfurt ensemble would succeed in bringing these off. With Rienzi, Oehms Classics now presents the last of the three operas attributed to the youthful years of Richard Wagner.
American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Rienzi (1842) was Wagner's first great Success. It is rarely in what one would call the typical Wagnerian style; it is heavily influenced in music and plot by the grandiose spectacles of Giacomo Meyerbeer. And there is much fine music here. This Rienzi was recorded at concert performances May 17 and 20, 2013. It is a highly competitive performance Bronder is up to the strenuous music of Rienzi. His voice is more tightly produced. Camilla Nylund's lyric beauty as Irene is here matched by Libor.
Recording information: Alte Oper Frankfurt (05/17/2013/05/20/2013).
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Works DetailsWagner, Richard : Rienzi
- Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
- Ensemble: Frankfurt Opera Chorus
- Notes: Alte Oper Frankfurt (05/17/2013/05/20/2013)
- Running Time: 97 min. 11 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1838-1840