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Father and Son - Wagner Scenes and Arias / Simon O'Neill


Release Date: 05/04/2010 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 57817  
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Susan BullockSimon O'NeillJohn Tomlinson
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Heldentenor Simon O’Neill has recorded a solo album for EMI Classics featuring scenes and arias from Wagner’s Lohengrin, Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung and Parsifal. O’Neill, “one of the most exciting tenor voices of his generation,” is partnered by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra under conductor Pietari Inkinen.

Also featured are Susan Bullock as Sieglinde and Kundry,and Sir John Tomlinson as Hagen. Recorded in collaboration with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Radio New Zealand, the CD will be released in New Zealand in February 2010 to coincide with a Simon O’Neill Wagner Gala in Wellington and other events. The international release will follow in April 2010.

“To make this
Read more CD,” O’Neill said recently, “has been a dream of mine since my first Wagner role, Siegmund in Die Walküre at the Metropolitan Opera, in which I was the cover for the great Placido Domingo. This album surveys Wagner’s mature career from Lohengrin in 1850 through to Parsifal in 1882.”

“Lohengrin the son of Parsifal and Siegfried the son of Siegmund, along with their magnificent fathers, represent a huge vocal development for the tenor voice,” O’Neill continued. “These roles are essential to the path of a young heldentenor: from lyric moments to dramatic outbursts, Wagner offers the singer massive dramatic and vocal scope in developing the character and burnishing the instrument. The heart of this CD is devoted to the two great tenors of the Ring, Siegmund and Siegfried. Being given the chance to sing this music has been the highlight of my career. …. It is a tremendous honour to sing these wonderful characters both on the opera and concert stage and now on this recording.”

Simon O’Neill has been hailed as one of today’s finest heldentenors. In a matter of only a few years, he has become a principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Salzburg Festival, appearing internationally with conductors including James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Valery Gergiev, Antonio Pappano, Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Work(s) by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Susan Bullock (Soprano), Simon O'Neill (Tenor), John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
2.
Lohengrin: In fernem Land by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Simon O'Neill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
3.
Die Walküre: Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Simon O'Neill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
4.
Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Simon O'Neill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
5.
Die Walküre: Siegmund heiss' ich by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Simon O'Neill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
6.
Siegfried: Selige Öde auf sonniger Höh'n by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Simon O'Neill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
7.
Siegfried: Das ist kein Mann by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Simon O'Neill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
8.
Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
9.
Götterdämmerung: Mime hiess ein mürrischer Zwerg "Siegfried's Narration" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Simon O'Neill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1874; Germany 
10.
Götterdämmerung: Erräth'st du auch dieser Raben Geraun by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Simon O'Neill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
11.
Götterdämmerung: Brünnhilde, heilige Braut (Siegfried's death) by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Simon O'Neill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
12.
Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
13.
Parsifal: Amfortas! Die Wunde! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Simon O'Neill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
14.
Parsifal: Nur eine Waffe taugt by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Simon O'Neill (Tenor)
Conductor:  Pietari Inkinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 

Sound Samples

Lohengrin: In fernem Land (Act 3)
Lohengrin: In fernem Land (Act 3)
Die Walküre (Act 1): Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater
Die Walküre (Act 1): Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater
Die Walküre (Act 1): Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond
Die Walküre (Act 1): Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond
Die Walküre (Act 1): Siegmund heiss ich und Siegmund bin ich
Die Walküre (Act 1): Siegmund heiss ich und Siegmund bin ich
Siegfried (Act 3): Selige Öde auf wonniger Hoh'!
Siegfried (Act 3): Selige Öde auf wonniger Hoh'!
Siegfried (Act 3): Das ist kein Mann
Siegfried (Act 3): Das ist kein Mann
Götterdammerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey (Prologue)
Götterdammerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey (Prologue)
Götterdammerung: Mime hiess ein mürrischer Zwerg
Götterdammerung: Mime hiess ein mürrischer Zwerg
Götterdammerung: In Leid zu dem Wipfel
Götterdammerung: In Leid zu dem Wipfel
Götterdammerung: Erräth'st du auch dieser Raben Geraun
Götterdammerung: Erräth'st du auch dieser Raben Geraun
Götterdammerung: Brünnhilde! Heilige Braut!
Götterdammerung: Brünnhilde! Heilige Braut!
Götterdammerung: Trauermusik
Götterdammerung: Trauermusik
Parsifal: Amfortas! Die Wunde! (Act 2)
Parsifal: Amfortas! Die Wunde! (Act 2)
Parsifal: Nur eine Waffe taugt
Parsifal: Nur eine Waffe taugt

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