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Wagner: Siegfried / Janowski, Salminen, Urmana, Gould, Elsner

Wagner / Konieczny / Rundfunk-sinfonieorch Berlin
Release Date: 09/24/2013 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186408  
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Christian ElsnerJochen SchmeckenbecherVioleta UrmanaMatti Salminen,   ... 
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Multi 
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This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players. This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players. Read less

Works on This Recording

Siegfried by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Christian Elsner (Tenor), Jochen Schmeckenbecher (Baritone), Violeta Urmana (Soprano),
Matti Salminen (Bass), Stephen Gould (Tenor), Tomasz Konieczny (Bass)
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 3/1/2013 
Venue:  Live Berlin Philharmonie 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 a revelation -- and a disappointment December 4, 2013 By William S. (Renton, WA) See All My Reviews "[I am reposting this, because Arkiv has apparently removed the original post, with no explanation.] I'm an opera liker, not a lover. I like Wagner, but wonder why so many -- particularly the English -- swoon in ecstasy. My late best friend (who was Norwegian/Irish) adored Wagner, and we attended the 2001 Seattle Ring. Of the Ring operas, "Siegfried" is the only one I find tedious. The first two acts of this performance changed my mind. "Siegfried" has been called the scherzo of the Ring (the third opera of four), and this recording's notes suggest that Wagner might have considered the Ring as a whole to be a Dionysia, with "Siegfried" taking the position of the comic play. That's how Janowski conducts. The first two acts are not only lively, but actually funny. For example, the toady/slithery music that announces Mime in the second act is played to great comic effect. Throughout, the music is consistently vibrant and light on its feet -- something I never thought I'd say about Wagner. The most-amazing moment of Janowski's conducting is the fight between Siegfried and Fafner. This passage has been universally excoriated as an inanity Wagner must have written in his sleep. /Not here./ It sounds totally different, a believable musical battle that fits fairly well with the preceding and following music. It's not Herrmann or Goldsmith, but it's at least "good", and no longer an embarrassment. So why haven't I awarded five stars? The main reason is the last act. The interchange between Siegfried and Brunnhilde has to build to the final ecstatic moment -- and Janowski fails to do this. He starts off too vigorously, leaving nowhere to go at the end. There are also problems with the singing. Stephen Gould is occasionally hard and strained, and at least once he "shouts" his lines. Violeta Urmana isn't very youthful-sounding. Worse, she has a tremolo that would embarrass even a weakened heroine dying of consumption. As for the recording... I hear musical details I've never before heard -- without excessive "spotlighting". In surround the effect approaches being present in the hall. Marek Janowski is unquestionably a great Wagner conductor, and that alone is reason enough to hear this performance." Report Abuse
 A Tad Disappointing November 14, 2013 By Herb C. (Sandwich, IL) See All My Reviews "I purchased this recording to modernize a little bit my Ring recordings (I do not purchase 1 complete Ring from 1 source)and Siegfried has been wonting to be updated. The conducting is decent if not overly insightful; the orchestra is 1st rate and the super audio sound has captured them gloriously. The cast is a mixed bag. The Mime of Christian Elsner steals the show with a nice bite to his voice. The Alberich of Schmeckenbecher is also 1st rate and I have never heard Erda sung so gloriously in true contraltoish a voice as Anna Larsson gives us. To the principals we go. I enjoyed Tomasz Konieczny a great deal; he has just the right amount of world weariness to move me and is a true baritone. I have read how nasal his voice is but I did not find this to be the case; he has a higher baritone than some may like (talk about nasal and just listen to anything Andrea Bocelli sings and you will find a truly, overly nasal sound). Stephen Gould reprises his wonderfull Siegfried with a nice baritonal quality to his voice. Uurmana, in my humble opinion should stick to mezzo roles. Brunnhilde is too much for her and frankly she does not have a naturally beautiful voice; it is typical of the eastern European steely sounding voices. It lacks warmth to it in the higher extremities. Also she sounds a bit bored at her awakening. So all in all a decent job but there are better rings unless you want the SACD sound. H. Carlson" Report Abuse
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