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Wagner: Gotterdammerung / Karajan, Janowitz, Ludwig, Dernesch, Brilioth

Release Date: 05/20/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 415155   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Liselotte RebmannCatarina LigendzaLili ChookasianZoltan Kélémén,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 24 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...[Brünnhilde as sung by Dernesch] is...a youthful goddess, but fallible vocally at times, where [Birgit] Nilsson is infallible; but there is much womanly inflection to admire in Dernesch's often noble portrayal.

...With Götterdämmerung, Karajan's Ring reaches the stature one looks for... The recording is again electrifying, with much sense of the theatre. Though vocally still not a match for Nilsson, Dernesch makes a noble, appealing Brünnhilde... Her "Welchen Unholds List" in Act 2 shows her and Karajan's interior way with the music. [Helge] Brilioth gains in assurance and communication as the work progresses; again great promise remained unfulfilled. But both artists have suitable memorials
Read more here. Ridderbusch is much softer grained as Hagen than Frick (Solti), a world-weary, subtle half-dwarf, rather than Frick's more melodramatic, black reading... Ludwig's highly-charged Waltraute fits in with both the Karajan and Solti interpretations. Good Norns on both sets, better Rhinemaidens with Karajan.

...Throughout all the Karajan set, one is consistently aware of the lyrical beauty of the whole work, just how much unsurpassed orchestration, and subtle transformations there are in the score. It is a version, on CD, that needs to be heard for almost the ultimate in orchestral playing. Yet Karajan remains always thoughtful to his singers, as did the DG engineers; the balance between voices and orchestra is unfailingly right throughout, as it is not on the Decca, so you could say that this is the most truthful of all The Ring CD sets...

-- Gramophone [7/1985, reviewing the complete Karajan Ring]
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Works on This Recording

Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Liselotte Rebmann (Soprano), Catarina Ligendza (Soprano), Lili Chookasian (Alto),
Zoltan Kélémén (Baritone), Karl Ridderbusch (Bass), Thomas Stewart (Baritone),
Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Helge Brilioth (Tenor),
Helga Dernesch (Soprano), Edda Moser (Soprano), Anna Reynolds (Alto)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 263 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: German 

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