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Wagner: Gotterdammerung / St. Clair/Weimar State Opera, Schmittberg, Hoff [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

A bleak wind chord of E flat minor opens Richard Wagner's 'Gotterdammerung'. It establishes the dominant atmosphere of the piece from its first bar: twilight, a deceptive half-light, prevails. Shadowy figures stumble towards the abyss. The last evening of the Ring is one of plotting and betrayal, of ominous oaths, a chilling lust for power, abuse and humiliation - and, also, of a superbly staged apocalypse, when the beings and things destined for destruction shine brightly for one last time. The leitmotivs and thematic ideas from throughout the whole tetralogy recur in 'Gotterdammerung', intensified and woven into a musical web from which there can be no escape. A Blu-Ray disc of this performance is available as AHM 101360.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 277 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish


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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
  • Performers: Marietta Zumbult (Soprano); Nadine Weissmann (Mezzo Soprano); Norbert Schmittberg (Tenor); Tomas Mowes (Baritone); Renatus Meszar (Bass); Mario Hoff (Baritone); Catherine Foster (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Carl St. Clair
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Weimar
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1861-1874
  • Studio/Live: Live