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Wagner: Opera Arias / Estes, Fricke, Staatskapelle Berlin


Release Date: 12/29/2009 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 412271   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Simon EstesEva-Maria BundschuhHeinz Reeh
Conductor:  Heinz Fricke
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Simon Estes, the American bass-baritone, has been a magnificent Dutchman for several seasons now at Bayreuth, conveying the frustrations and torture of the character through both his personal magnetism and his concentrated tones. Much of that is conveyed here in the First Act monologue, an interpretation to match some of the most telling of the past, such as Uhde's and Hotter's. As Wotan, a role that he seems to approach from without, he is less compelling. The singing remains weighty and intelligently articulated, but here his pitch is fallible, his reading more ordinary in both the Monologue and Farewell. I liked the brief interjections of Eva-Maria Bundschuh, an East Berlin soprano, as Brünnhilde.

As Amfortas Estes is
Read more once again at his very best, bringing out the anguish and pity in the music, both in his rich, intense tone and his well-considered diction—the cries of "Erbarmen" truly searing; again, this must rank with the best interpreters of the past. It is time Estes returned to Covent Garden, where he started his career in small roles. The recording tends to favour the singer, who—make no mistake—is that rarity today, a really heroic bass-baritone.

-- Gramophone [10/1984]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Die Walküre: Leb' wohl..."Farewell and Magic Fire music" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Simon Estes (Bass)
Conductor:  Heinz Fricke
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1984 
Venue:  Christuskirche, Berlin 
Length: 17 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Der fliegende Holländer: Die Frist ist um [Monologue] by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Simon Estes (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Heinz Fricke
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1984 
Venue:  Christuskirche, Berlin 
Length: 11 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Die Walküre: Lass ich's verlauten...Was keinem in Worten by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Soprano), Simon Estes (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Heinz Fricke
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1984 
Venue:  Christuskirche, Berlin 
Length: 24 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Parsifal: Mein Sohn Amfortas...Wehvolles Erbe by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Simon Estes (Bass Baritone), Heinz Reeh (Bass)
Conductor:  Heinz Fricke
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1984 
Venue:  Christuskirche, Berlin 
Length: 13 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 

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