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Opera in English - Wagner: Das Rheingold / Goodall, et al

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The singers, though not as a whole in the class of Bohm's Bayreuth All-Stars, are certainly capable, and there is no conspicuous weakness in the cast. Norman Bailey is in unusually good voice and portrays Wotan effectively. Belcourt does extremely well as Loge, Hammond-Stroud is a perfectly nasty Alberich... This is the only English-language Rheingold, but it offers stiff competition to many German versions..." -McKelvey, ARG

Penguin Guide
Siegfried: That Reginald Goodall idolised Klemperer and Knappertsbusch is evident in every aspect of this weighty, consistently thought-through interpretation; indeed it consoles us for the cycle Klemperer never recorded.

The performance is also a reminder of what those then in charge of the ENO - Stephen Arlen, Lord Harewood and Edmund Tracey - had the sense to realise: that here was a unique opportunity to let a seasoned Wagnerian have his head in terms of the time and trouble to prepare a cycle in his own long time-scale. The results are there for all to hear in the total involvement of every member of the orchestra, the lyrical lines of the singers, the superb enunciation of the faultless translation.

Remedios's fresh, lyrical singing is a joy from start to finish; nobody since has equalled him as Siegfried. Dempsey's Mime is at once subtle, funny yet menacing. Those who so praise Tomlinson as Wotan/Wanderer can't have heard Bailey's better sung, articulate and eloquent assumption, another reading not since surpassed.

To crown the performance we have Rita Hunter's glorious Brünnhilde, so luminously and keenly sung, just about on a par with Nilsson in the role. They are all wonderfully supported by Goodall and his players. Only in some of Andrew Porter's wonderfully lucid translation is given its full due by all the soloists, who once more sound an utterly convincing team. In Rhinegold the main honours are carried off by Emile Belcourt's plausible, witty and articulate Loge, Hammond-Stroud's imposing, strongly sung Alberich, Robert Lloyd's sympathetic Fasolt and Bailey's everauthoritative Wotan. With a pleasing trio of Rhinemaidens headed by Masterson's gleaming Woglinde, Clifford Grant's gloomy, louring Fafner and Anne Collins's deep-throated Erda, the strength of the ENO roster at the time is there for all to hear."Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010



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>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
  • Performers: Clifford Grant (Bass); Shilagh Squires (Voice); Robert Lloyd (Bass); Norman Bailey (Bass Baritone); Katherine Pring (Mezzo Soprano); Lois McDonall (Soprano); Norman Welsby (Baritone); Robert Ferguson (Tenor); Derek Hammond-Stroud (Baritone); Gregory Dempsey (Tenor); Emile Belcourt (Tenor); Valerie Masterson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Reginald Goodall
  • Ensemble: English National Opera Movement Group
  • Notes: London Coliseum, London, England (03/10/1975-03/29/1975)
  • Running Time: 59 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853-1854