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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Thielemann, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus


Release Date: 11/17/2009 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 9000   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Stephen GouldFionnuala McCarthyMichelle BreedtEndrik Wottrich,   ... 
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival OrchestraBayreuth Festival Chorus
Number of Discs: 14 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 15 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"... there is no doubt that this year's Ring at Bayreuth belongs to... Thielemann [who] creates a musical experience epic in its scale and inexorable in its apocalyptic, shattering power."

- The Guardian, London

Wagner's epic four-opera cycle is a work of extraordinary scale - a full performance takes place over four nights with a total playing time of approximately 15 hours. Based loosely on characters from the Norse sagas, it is a work that follows the struggles of gods, heroes, mythical creatures, and the eponymous magical Ring that grants dominion over the entire world. The music is richly textured, and grows in complexity as the cycle proceeds - Wagner wrote for an orchestra of gargantuan
Read more proportions, including a greatly enlarged brass section with new instruments invented especially for the work. The Bayreuth Festspielhaus was constructed for this work to be performed in, with a specially designed stage that allows singers voices to blend with the huge orchestra without straining - essential for such long performances.

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival in 2008, this production stars a host of international stars including Michelle Breedt, Albert Dohmen, Stephen Gould, Hans-Peter Konig, Linda Watson & Eva-Maria Westbroek. Christian Thielemann, one of the most sought-after conductors in the world, takes the baton with the Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Stephen Gould (Tenor), Fionnuala McCarthy (Soprano), Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano),
Endrik Wottrich (Tenor), Gerhard Siegel (Tenor), Ralf Lukas (Bass),
Alberto Dohmen (Baritone), Simone Schröder (Alto), Hans-Peter König (Baritone),
Andrew Shore (Baritone), Linda Watson (Soprano), Ulrike Helzel (Alto),
Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano), Clemens Bieber (Tenor), Christa Mayer (Mezzo Soprano),
Anna Gabler (Soprano), Arnold Bezuyen (Tenor), Sonja Mühleck (Soprano),
Edith Haller (Soprano), Kwangchul Youn (Bass), Martina Dike (Mezzo Soprano),
Wilke te Brummelstroete (Alto), Annette Küttenbaum (Mezzo Soprano), Manuela Bress (Mezzo Soprano),
Robin Johannsen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2008 
Venue:  Bayreuth Festival, Germany 
2.
Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ralf Lukas (Bass), Arnold Bezuyen (Tenor), Alberto Dohmen (Baritone),
Hans-Peter König (Baritone), Andrew Shore (Baritone), Clemens Bieber (Tenor),
Gerhard Siegel (Tenor), Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano), Kwangchul Youn (Bass),
Edith Haller (Soprano), Christa Mayer (Mezzo Soprano), Fionnuala McCarthy (Soprano),
Ulrike Helzel (Alto), Simone Schröder (Alto)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2008 
Venue:  Bayreuth Festival, Germany 
3.
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Annette Küttenbaum (Mezzo Soprano), Wilke te Brummelstroete (Alto), Kwangchul Youn (Bass),
Anna Gabler (Soprano), Sonja Mühleck (Soprano), Manuela Bress (Mezzo Soprano),
Alberto Dohmen (Baritone), Endrik Wottrich (Tenor), Edith Haller (Soprano),
Simone Schröder (Alto), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano), Linda Watson (Soprano),
Martina Dike (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2008 
Venue:  Bayreuth Festival, Germany 
4.
Siegfried by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Robin Johannsen (Soprano), Linda Watson (Soprano), Christa Mayer (Mezzo Soprano),
Hans-Peter König (Baritone), Andrew Shore (Baritone), Gerhard Siegel (Tenor),
Stephen Gould (Tenor), Alberto Dohmen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2008 
Venue:  Bayreuth Festival, Germany 
5.
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ulrike Helzel (Alto), Fionnuala McCarthy (Soprano), Edith Haller (Soprano),
Martina Dike (Mezzo Soprano), Christa Mayer (Mezzo Soprano), Stephen Gould (Tenor),
Hans-Peter König (Baritone), Simone Schröder (Alto), Ralf Lukas (Bass),
Andrew Shore (Baritone), Linda Watson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2008 
Venue:  Bayreuth Festival, Germany 

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