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Wagner: The Ring - An Orchestral Adventure - Arranged by Henk de Vlieger

Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2052  
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Swedish Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Henk de Vlieger's orchestral arrangement of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle boils down this monumental music drama in four parts to a symphonic poem with a duration of a fifteenth of the original score. Unlike certain other arrangements, de Vlieger's follows the chronology of the operas so that the irrevocable process towards the twilight of the gods is clearly delineated. His method has been to select and link together the most important orchestral passages in the score, already closely interconnected as a result of Wagner’s leitmotif technique The excerpts have in most cases been taken over without alterations; only occasionally has an essential
Read more vocal line been replaced by wind instruments. Quite possibly, Wagner himself would have objected to the undertaking, but in fact one of his own strongly held convictions was that the text – or rather its content – should be continuously present, by means of the hidden-away orchestra exploring the dramatic background to the action presented on stage. With this orchestral arangement the turn has thus come for the Royal Swedish Orchestra to take its place on centre stage, in music which has been part of its repertoire for close to 120 years at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. (Some of that impressive history is reflected in the CD booklet through images from Ring productions past and present.) The conductor Lawrence Renes, recently named music director at the Royal Swedish Opera, has admired de Vlieger's arrangement since it was premièred, in 1991, by his own mentor, the conductor Edo de Waart. The arrangement has been recorded previously, but never before by a bona fide opera orchestra. The result is indeed an adventure, as well as a sonic spectacular, and an excellent calling card for a fine orchestra all too often relegated to the shadows.
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Works on This Recording

Der Ring des Nibelungen: Excerpt(s) by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Swedish Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853-1874; Germany 
Notes: Arrangement by Henk de Vlieger, titled The Ring – An Orchestral Adventure 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Enjoyable, but . . . October 18, 2014 By William Muthig (Milan, OH) See All My Reviews "This was an enjoyable CD to listen to, particularly if one is fond of orchestral treatments of Wagner's Ring Cycle. However, a similar recording by Lorin Maazel and the Berliner Philharmoniker (Telarc, CD-80154) was more captivating to this listener." Report Abuse
 Magnificent October 4, 2014 By Antoinette Carpay (Vernon , BC) See All My Reviews "All the main themes of 12 hours of opera in 65 minutes. This plays over and over. Wagner has written some of the most exquisite music ever, but took his time between the leitmotivs. This way they are all there." Report Abuse
 A Delightful Addition to Your Music Collection March 16, 2014 By D. Hamilton (Indianapolis, IN) See All My Reviews "Anyone in possession of the “Ring” would be unlikely to want excerpts from the “Ring” or even an “opera without words” version. “Wagner: The Ring – An Orchestral Adventure” is neither. It is a symphonic poem based on the “Ring” with music drawn primarily from orchestral passages from the actual operas. It is a unique and delightful addition to the collection of anyone who already has the “Ring”. My only criticism is that undue weight seems to be given to the usual, popular music such as the Ride of the Valkyries and Siegfried’s funeral march; whereas we are taken immediately from the Rhinemaidens’ Joy in the Gold to the bowels of Nibelheim and up to the entry into Valhalla. There is so much important and beautiful music lost in between. My personal preference would have been to downplay some of the more popular selections to capture some of this music. The bottom line is that it is a very interesting and entertaining recording and I recommend it for anyone; whether you have the complete “Ring”, parts of it or none of it." Report Abuse
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