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Wagner: Scenes From The Ring / Domingo, Pappano, Et Al


Release Date: 05/07/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 57242   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Placido DomingoDavid CangelosiSimon RaynerAlan Garner,   ... 
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Once again, Domingo surprises us. As Pavarotti pleads to fade into the memory bank, the Spanish tenor keeps working--learning, attempting to get into new idioms, keeping the voice amazingly fresh. As Siegfried, the voice is big and rich, and since the role never rises above an A-natural (at least not in the excerpts presented here) it's almost ideal for Domingo, sitting in the most potent part of his voice. Of course, you can hear the amount of energy that's being expended, but that's true of all Siegfrieds, and Domingo entirely avoids any marring of the vocal line with the infamous "Bayreuth bark"--a type of self-defense against Wagner's ferociously big orchestration. The "Forging Song" is splendidly energetic and Read more thrilling and the "Forest Murmurs" section is quite lovely and moving.


The Götterdämerung excerpts are even better: the "Dawn Duet" is spectacular with Violetta Urmana's warm, text-involved Brünnhilde turning it into the real event it should be, and "Siegfried's Death" is beautifully shaded and inward. Throughout, Antonio Pappano leads the Covent Garden Orchestra with great zeal (the Rhine Journey and Funeral March are included) and it plays handsomely, although it's impossible to avoid noticing that at times the orchestra is recorded at a peculiarly low level (i.e., the recording favors Domingo), and that at truly pianissimo sections in the solo moments, the orchestra practically disappears. But this is a remarkable release of chunks of the Ring (including David Cangelosi's very colorful Mime, straight from the Gerhard Stolze-school of yelping, and Natalie Dessay's articulately chirpy Forest Bird)--and another huge feather in Domingo's cap. And if anyone's listening, a complete Brünnhilde from Urmana would be a joy. [5/21/2002]
– Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Siegfried: Nothung! Neidliches Schwert "Forging Song" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), David Cangelosi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Siegfried: Aber, wie sah meine Mutter... "Forest Murmurs" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Simon Rayner (French Horn), Alan Garner (English Horn)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection begins with "Dass der mein Vater night ist..." and continues with "...Du holdes Voglein!" 
3.
Siegfried: Hoho! Schmiede, mein Hammer "Forging Song" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Nigel Bates (Percussion), David Cangelosi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection begins with "Was am besten er kann..." 
4.
Siegfried: Nun sing! Ich lausche dem Gesang by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Götterdämmerung: Opening Scene by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Simon Rayner (French Horn), Violeta Urmana (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Siegfried: Da lieg' auch du, dunkler Wurm by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection begins with "In der Höhle hier lieg' auf dem Hort..." 
8.
Götterdämmerung: Brünnhilde, heilige Braut (Siegfried's death) by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  Colosseum, Watford, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Siegfried, ERSTER AUFZUG/ACT 1/PREMIER ACTE, Dritte Szene/Scene 3/Troisième Scène: Nothung! Nothung! Neidliches Schwert!
Siegfried: Was am besten er kann.....Ho-ho! Ho-hei! Schmiede, mein Hammer, ein hartes Schwert! (Act 1/Scene 3)
Siegfried: Dass mein Vater nicht ist...Du holdes Vöglein, dich hört'ich noch nie (Act 2/Scene 2)
Siegfried: In der Höle hier lieg 'auf dem Hort! (Act 2/Scene 3)
Second Day: Siegfried, Act II: Nun sing! Ich lausche dem Gesang (Siegfried/Waldvogel)
Götterdämmerung, VORSPIEL/PROLOGUE: Tagesgrauen (Orchester)
Götterdämmerung: Zu neuen Thaten, theurer Helde
Götterdämmerung, VORSPIEL/PROLOGUE: Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt (Orchester)
Götterdämmerung, ACT 3: Brünnhilde, heilige Braut!
Götterdämmerung: Trauermarsch (Orchester)

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