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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / van Zweden, Hong Kong Philharmonic


Release Date: 11/16/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8501403  
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  David CangelosiPeter SidhomMatthias GoerneMichelle DeYoung,   ... 
Conductor:  Jaap van Zweden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hong Kong Philharmonic OrchestraBamberg Symphony ChorusLatvian State Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 14 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Wagner’s visionary Ring of the Nibelung was first performed as a cycle of four operas in 1876. Its mythic plot examines the relationship between love and earthly power through the agency of a ring which confers ultimate power on its bearer.

One of the most sustained and remarkable achievements in all of music, the tetralogy is performed by an all-star cast, conducted by the new music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden, in performances that have been critically acclaimed worldwide for their “thrilling sense of drama.” (The Sunday Times, London)

Excerpts of reviews from previously released volumes included in this set:

Wagner:
Read more Das Rheingold / DeYoung, Goerne, van Zweden, Hong Kong Philharmonic

Van Zweden’s approach is closest in memory to Herbert von Karajan’s–intimate and chamber-like. The back and forth between the fine, unexaggerated Fricka of Michelle De Young and the remarkable, surprising Wotan of Matthias Goerne is natural and familiar, and Goerne is the surprise of the performance. His experience and expertise as a Lieder singer comes in very handy in this opera.

– ClassicsToday

Wagner: Die Walkure / Van Zweden, Skelton, Melton, Hong Kong Philharmonic

This is a Walküre that reveals its treasures slowly; it’s a warm, intimate reading. The Wälsungs are stunning. Stuart Skelton's tone is big and clean, wobble-free. And his cries of “Wälse” in Act 1 have to be heard to be believed. Heidi Melton as Sieglinde is wonderfully expressive. The listener hangs on every perfectly pronounced, clear word she and Skelton sing, and thanks to Zweden, who leads their interactions as if the opera were bel canto, we feel for them. Interrupting their budding love is Falk Struckmann, surprisingly (he’s a baritone, not a bass). He is a grand, scary Hunding.

– ClassicsToday

Wagner: Siegfried / O'Neill, Goerne, Melton, van Zweden, Hong Kong Philharmonic

Van Zweden's marvelously-rehearsed orchestra play with accuracy, brilliance, and color. I commented on the beauty and sadness of the Walküre performance, and here, added to those two qualities is, by the third act, passion.

Simon O’Neill may not be the most intuitive Siegfried on disc, but he’s among the brightest-toned and most solid, showing no flatting even at the end of his bout with Brünnhilde. Heidi Melton is an excellent Brünnhilde and a marvelous singer/actress, using her half hour to transform with clarity. Everyone proves their mettle, taste, and polish here, and I suspect there will be few who are disappointed.

– ClassicsToday Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Performer:  David Cangelosi (Tenor), Peter Sidhom (Baritone), Matthias Goerne (Baritone),
Michelle DeYoung (Mezzo Soprano), Kim Begley (Tenor), Oleksandr Pushniak (Baritone),
Charles Reid (Tenor), Anna Samuil (Soprano), Deborah Humble (Alto),
Stephen Milling (Bass)
Conductor:  Jaap van Zweden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
2.
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Katherine Broderick (Soprano), Sarah Castle (Mezzo Soprano), Petra Lang (Soprano),
Karen Foster (Soprano), Falk Struckmann (Baritone), Stuart Skelton (Tenor),
Matthias Goerne (Baritone), Heidi Melton (Soprano), Michelle DeYoung (Mezzo Soprano),
Anna Burford (Mezzo Soprano), Elaine Mckrill (Mezzo Soprano), Aurhelia Varak (Mezzo Soprano),
Okka von der Damerau (Mezzo Soprano), Laura Nykanen (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Jaap van Zweden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
3.
Siegfried by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Matthias Goerne (Baritone), Simon O'Neill (Tenor), Werner Van Mechelen (Bass Baritone),
David Cangelosi (Tenor), Falk Struckmann (Baritone), Valentina Farcas (Soprano),
Deborah Humble (Alto), Heidi Melton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jaap van Zweden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
4.
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Gun-Brit Barkmin (Soprano), Eric Halfvarson (Bass), Daniel Brenna (Tenor),
Shenyang (Bass Baritone), Michelle DeYoung (Mezzo Soprano), Amanda Majeski (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jaap van Zweden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Chorus,  Latvian State Choir  ... 
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871-1874; Germany 

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