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Wagner: Das Rheingold / Karajan

Wagner / Stewart / Fassbaender / Bpo / Karajan
Release Date: 04/08/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001086609  
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Thomas StewartJeanine AltmeyerZoltan KéléménBrigitte Fassbaender,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

RICHARD WAGNER
Das Rheingold · The Rhinegold (Gesamtaufnahme · Complete)

Jeannine Altmeyer · Brigitte Fassbaender Zoltan Kelemen · Peter Schreier · Thomas Stewart
Berliner Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan

Staged and directed by Herbert von Karajan

DVD-VIDEO NTSC 073 4390 |G|H|
STEREO: PCM / SURROUND: DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 4:3
Subtitles: German/English/French/Spanish/Chinese
A production of UNITEL, Munich

* Herbert von Karajan´s Rheingold: The spectacular start of a “Ring” with the Berliner Philharmoniker doomed to remain a fragment.
* This 1978 studio production of Rheingold, the
Read more prologue to The Ring, is the only segment of the famous Salzburg Festival/Metropolitan Opera productions first seen in the 1960s that made it to film.
* Based in a production from the Salzburg Easter Festival, Georges Wakhevitch has produced stage settings and transformations that support Karajan´s concept with every possible means.
* Karajan´s staging is in the epic style of another age, emphasizing the dignity of the gods rather than their all too human failings.
* With the singers – foremost among them Peter Schreier – Karajan has an ensemble that fully conforms to his intentions. Thomas Stewart is a nobly singing Wotan and next to him is the grandiose Brigitte Fassbaender as Fricka, a profoundly embittered figure.

“Peter Schreier´s portrayal of the crafty Loge, full of nuance and insight…” -- Opera Canada
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Works on This Recording

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Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Thomas Stewart (Baritone), Jeanine Altmeyer (Soprano), Zoltan Kélémén (Baritone),
Brigitte Fassbaender (Mezzo Soprano), Peter Schreier (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1978 

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