Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Barenboim, et al

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The production of a new Ring at the Bayreuth Festival is an event that takes place every six years. Bayreuth recordings of the complete cycle are rare and this is only the third official audio recording and the second filmed version. This recording, originally released in 1993 and 1994, is one of the all-time highlights of the Teldec catalogue. In a few years it has become one of a small number of reference recordings of the cycle. I am more than ever impressed by Barenboims exciting, excitable conducting. His ability to integrate massive dramatic peaks within the symphonic span of Wagners long action-packed acts, his evident love of Wagners orchestrations and his deeply felt response to Wagners most profound utterances make this the most compelling of modern recorded Rings. - BBC Music Magazine A golden year indeed for my reviewing activity. Bracketed as a single choice, I would choose the Barenboim/Teldec performances of Rheingold and Die Walkure, both in their CD and video incarnations. - Gramophone Daniel Barenboims Wagner interpretations are now in a class of their own. - Musik & Theater [Barenboim is] the foremost Wagner conductor of our time. - Opera Now



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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
  • Performers: Bodo Brinkmann (Baritone); Helmut Pampuch (Tenor); Jane Turner (Mezzo Soprano); Günter von Kannen (Bass); Matthias Hölle (Bass); Birgitta Svendén (Mezzo Soprano); Kurt Schreibmayer (Tenor); Graham Clark (Tenor); Annette Küttenbaum (Mezzo Soprano); John Tomlinson (Bass); Philip Kang (Bass); Hilde Leidland (Soprano); Eva Johansson (Soprano); Linda Finnie (Voice)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 89 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853-1854

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
  • Performers: Hebe Dijkstra (Mezzo Soprano); Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Soprano); Nadine Secunde (Soprano); Matthias Hölle (Bass); Birgitta Svendén (Mezzo Soprano); Poul Elming (Tenor); John Tomlinson (Bass); Hitomi Katagiri (Mezzo Soprano); Shirley Close (Mezzo Soprano); Eva Johansson (Soprano); Ruth Floeren (Soprano); Linda Finnie (Voice); Anne Evans (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 159 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
  • Performers: Günter von Kannen (Bass); Birgitta Svendén (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Clark (Tenor); Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor); John Tomlinson (Bass); Philip Kang (Bass); Hilde Leidland (Soprano); Anne Evans (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 149 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1871

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
  • Performers: Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Soprano); Waltraud Meier (Mezzo Soprano); Bodo Brinkmann (Baritone); Jane Turner (Mezzo Soprano); Günter von Kannen (Bass); Birgitta Svendén (Mezzo Soprano); Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor); Annette Küttenbaum (Mezzo Soprano); Uta Priew (Voice); Philip Kang (Bass); Hilde Leidland (Soprano); Linda Finnie (Voice); Anne Evans (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 149 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874