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Richard Wagner: Great Recordings - Four complete operas plus the "Ring"; Opera Excerpts & Arias; Orchestral Works & Transcriptions / various artists [40 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:


Works:

Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner
Performer: Ben Heppner (Tenor), Deborah Voigt (Soprano), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Bass),
Birgitta Svendén (Mezzo Soprano), Paul Groves (Tenor), James Morris (Bass)
Conductor: James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841/1852; Germany
Language: German

Lohengrin by Richard Wagner
Performer: Sándor Kónya (Tenor), Lucine Amara (Soprano), Jerome Hines (Bass),
William Dooley (Baritone), Calvin Marsh (Baritone), Rita Gorr (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Chorus Pro Musica
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1847; Germany

Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner
Performer: Jessye Norman (Soprano), Kurt Moll (Bass), Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor),
Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano), Matti Salminen (Bass), Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass Baritone),
Peter Schreier (Tenor), René Kollo (Tenor), Theo Adam (Bass),
Ortrun Wenkel (Mezzo Soprano), Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano), Lucia Popp (Soprano),
Ortrun Wenkel (Alto), Eberhard Büchner (Tenor), Jeanine Altmeyer (Soprano)
Conductor: Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853-1874; Germany
Venue: St LukeâEuro™s Church, Dresden
Language: German

Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Performer: Karl-Heinz Stryczek (Bass), Peter Schreier (Tenor), Theo Adam (Bass),
Christian Vogel (Tenor), Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass Baritone), Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano),
Ortrun Wenkel (Alto), Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano), Roland Bracht (Bass),
Ute Priew (Mezzo Soprano), Lucia Popp (Soprano), Matti Salminen (Bass),
Marita Napier (Soprano), Eberhard Büchner (Tenor)
Conductor: Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854; Germany
Venue: St LukeâEuro™s Church, Dresden
Language: German

Siegfried by Richard Wagner
Performer: René Kollo (Tenor), Peter Schreier (Tenor), Matti Salminen (Bass),
Norma Sharp (Soprano), Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass Baritone), Jeanine Altmeyer (Soprano),
Ortrun Wenkel (Alto), Theo Adam (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871; Germany
Venue: St LukeâEuro™s Church, Dresden
Language: German

Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner
Performer: Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano), Ute Priew (Mezzo Soprano), Lucia Popp (Soprano),
Ruth Falcon (Soprano), Daphne Evangelatos (Mezzo Soprano), Anne Gjevang (Alto),
Ortrun Wenkel (Mezzo Soprano), Norma Sharp (Soprano), Jeanine Altmeyer (Soprano),
Matti Salminen (Bass), Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass Baritone), René Kollo (Tenor),
Hans Günther Nöcker (Baritone)
Conductor: Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Staatskapelle, Dresden State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1861-1874; Germany
Venue: St LukeâEuro™s Church, Dresden
Language: German

Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
Performer: Ortrun Wenkel (Mezzo Soprano), Anne Gjevang (Alto), Ruth Falcon (Soprano),
Christel Borchers (Mezzo Soprano), Kathleen Kuhlmann (Alto), Ute Priew (Mezzo Soprano),
Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor), Kurt Moll (Bass), Jessye Norman (Soprano),
Theo Adam (Bass), Cheryl Studer (Soprano), Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano),
Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Soprano), Jeanine Altmeyer (Soprano)
Conductor: Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856; Germany
Venue: St LukeâEuro™s Church, Dresden
Language: German

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner
Performer: Otto Wiener (Baritone), Jess Thomas (Tenor), Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone),
Claire Watson (Soprano), Benno Kusche (Bass)
Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, Bavarian State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862-1867; Germany

Parsifal by Richard Wagner
Performer: Hilde Gueden (Soprano), Kostas Paskalis (Bass), Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone),
Tugomir Franc (Bass), Fritz Uhl (Tenor), Walter Berry (Baritone),
Liselotte Maikl (Soprano), Elisabeth Höngen (Mezzo Soprano), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone),
Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Margarete Sjösted (Alto), Erich Majkut (Tenor),
Kurt Equiluz (Bass), Ermanno Lorenzi (Tenor), Gundula Janowitz (Soprano),
Anneliese Rothenberger (Soprano), Gerda Scheyrer (Soprano), Hilde Rössl-Majdan (Alto)
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1882; Germany
Date of Recording: 04/01/1961
Venue: Live State Opera House, Vienna, Austria
Length: 236 Minutes 24 Secs.
Language: German

Tannhäuser: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845/1861; Germany

Tannhäuser: Orchestral excerpt(s) by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845/1861; Germany



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