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Rene Pape - Gods, Kings & Demons / Sebastian Weigle, Staatskapelle Dresden


Release Date: 11/11/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001223902   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Charles GounodArrigo BoitoHector BerliozGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  René PapeCarl-Johann Winkler
Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden State Opera ChorusDresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

René Pape’s solo debut for DG gives an overview of the roles that have made his career, plus a few rarities (for example, The Water Goblin aria from Rusalka). Accompanied by the Dresden Staatskapelle under Sebastian Weigle, Pape performs his signature piece: King Mark’s monologue from Tristan und Isolde, as well as arias from Verdi's Don Carlo, Gounod’s Faust (the role of Méphistophélès), Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and wonderful arias of the rarely performed Demon (Rubinstein) among others.

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That the German bass René Pape is one of the most compelling artists to have emerged internationally in the last 15 years is proved again by his phenomenal singing on
Read more his new recording of arias by Gounod, Boito, Berlioz, Verdi, Wagner and others. This imaginative program allows Mr. Pape to portray, chillingly, various gods, kings and demons, as the title suggests.

-- Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
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Works on This Recording

1.
Faust: Le veau d'or est toujours debout by Charles Gounod
Performer:  René Pape (Bass)
Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2.
Faust: Vous qui faites l'endormie "Serenade" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  René Pape (Bass)
Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Mefistofele: Ecco il mondo by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  René Pape (Bass)
Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Voici des roses by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  René Pape (Bass)
Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
5.
Don Carlos: Ella giammai m'amò...Dormirò sol sul manto mio regal by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  René Pape (Bass)
Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Paris, France (03/11/1867).
Composition revised: Naples, Italy (1872).
Composition revised: La Scala Opera House, Milan, Italy (01/10/1884). 
6.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Scintille diamant by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  René Pape (Bass)
Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
7.
Das Rheingold: Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge by Richard Wagner
Performer:  René Pape (Bass)
Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
8.
Tristan und Isolde: Tatest du's wirklich by Richard Wagner
Performer:  René Pape (Bass)
Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 41 Secs. 
9.
The demon: In the ocean of the heavens "Demon's Romance" by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  René Pape (Bass)
Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
10.
The demon: Do not weep, my child "Demon's Aria" by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  René Pape (Bass)
Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
11.
Rusalka, Op. 114/B 203: Alas! Alas! Poor, pale Rusalka by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  René Pape (Bass)
Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Bohemia 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
12.
Boris Godunov: Farewell, my son, I am dying "Death of Boris" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Carl-Johann Winkler (Boy Soprano), René Pape (Bass)
Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Length: 10 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1868 - 1872). 

Featured Sound Samples

Das Rheingold (Wagner): "Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge"
The Demon (Rubinstein): "Do not weep, my child"

Sound Samples

Faust / Act 2: No.7 Ronde du veau d'or: "Le veau d'or"
Faust / Act 4: No.24 Sérénade: "Vous qui faites l'endormie"
Mefistofele / Act 2: Ecco il mondo
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: Scène 7. Air de Méphistophélès. "Voici des roses"
Don Carlo / Act 4: "Ella giammai m'amò!"
Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 3: Scintille, diamant
Das Rheingold / Scene 2: Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge
Tristan und Isolde / Act 2: "Tatest du's wirklich?"
The Demon: "Na vazdushnam akeane"
The Demon: "Ne plach dit'a"
Rusalka, Op.114 / Act 2: Beda, Beda! Ubohá rusalko bleda
Boris Godounov - 1869 Version / Act 4: Oi! duschno, duschno

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