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Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen Scenes / Varnay, Windgassen


Release Date: 05/13/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 423720   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Astrid VarnayWolfgang Windgassen
Conductor:  Leopold LudwigHermann Weigert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Astrid Varnay's Brünnhilde is one of the most exciting aspects of the 1953 Bayreuth Ring, conducted by Clemens Krauss... These performances, recorded [in] 1955, remind us no less strongly that she was one of the most remarkable Wagnerian singers of that time...

Two of The Ring extracts are also afflicted with these tame harmonic closures when fade-outs on what Wagner actually wrote would have been preferable. Yet such minor irritations are tolerable when the singing is so authoritative and thrilling. For the same reason it matters little that the recording focuses on the voices to an extent that can leave vital orchestral detail distinctly sketchy. Windgassen proves a sterling partner, stronger-voiced than in his other
Read more Ring recordings, but it is Varnay's grandly-phrased account of the closing scene from Götterdämmerung that wins this disc the strongest recommendation—especially to those who are not thinking of buying the complete Krauss Ring.

-- Gramophone [1/1989]
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Works on This Recording

1. Die Walküre: Siegmund, sieh' auf mich "Todesverkündigung" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Astrid Varnay (Soprano), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leopold Ludwig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1955 
Length: 17 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. Siegfried: Ewig war ich, ewig bin ich by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Astrid Varnay (Soprano), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor)
Conductor:  Hermann Weigert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1954 
Length: 11 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Götterdämmerung: Zu neuen Thaten, theurer Helde! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor), Astrid Varnay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leopold Ludwig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1955 
Length: 13 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Götterdämmerung: Immolation by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Astrid Varnay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hermann Weigert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1954 
Length: 17 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: German 

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