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Wagner: Gotterdammerung / St. Clair/Weimar State Opera, Schmittberg, Hoff [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This is a BLU-RAY disc and it will not play on a standard DVD player. A standard DVD is available as AHM 101359. 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.


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