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Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Norman, Jerusalem, Salminen, Schreier, Kollo, Adam, Janowski

Janowski,Marek
Release Date: 02/12/2013 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 546223  
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jessye NormanKurt MollSiegfried JerusalemYvonne Minton,   ... 
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden StaatskapelleDresden State Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 14 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Marek Janowski’s recording of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen was the first ever digital recording of the opera. With sessions beginning in 1980, the complete set was not released until 1984. The cast for the four operas consisted of legendary Wagnerians and features the authoritative Wotan of Theo Adam, the fresh-voiced Siegmund of Siegfried Jerusalem and Jessye Norman as Sieglinde, heard here at the peak of her early career. Rounding out the amazing cast are tenors Rene? Kollo and Peter Schreier, and soprano Jeannine Altmeyer. This new 14-CD box set includes all four operas plus notes, libretti and translations.

In this vast work, Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen breaks the bonds of 19 th century opera to create a music
Read more drama like no other; part myth, part parable of greed, power and politics. It is also a thrilling tale of human heroism and self-sacrifice and an orchestral tour de force all in one. With the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth in 2013, complete cycles of the Ring are scheduled with many major opera companies throughout the year, making for a timely re-issue of Janowski’s definitive recording.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jessye Norman (Soprano), Kurt Moll (Bass), Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor),
Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano), Matti Salminen (Bass), Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass Baritone),
Peter Schreier (Tenor), René Kollo (Tenor), Theo Adam (Bass),
Ortrun Wenkel (Mezzo Soprano), Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano), Lucia Popp (Soprano),
Ortrun Wenkel (Alto), Eberhard Büchner (Tenor), Jeanine Altmeyer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853-1874; Germany 
Venue:  St Luke's Church, Dresden 
Language: German 
2.
Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Karl-Heinz Stryczek (Bass), Peter Schreier (Tenor), Theo Adam (Bass),
Christian Vogel (Tenor), Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass Baritone), Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano),
Ortrun Wenkel (Alto), Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano), Roland Bracht (Bass),
Ute Priew (Mezzo Soprano), Lucia Popp (Soprano), Matti Salminen (Bass),
Marita Napier (Soprano), Eberhard Büchner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Venue:  St Luke's Church, Dresden 
Language: German 
3.
Siegfried by Richard Wagner
Performer:  René Kollo (Tenor), Peter Schreier (Tenor), Matti Salminen (Bass),
Norma Sharp (Soprano), Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass Baritone), Jeanine Altmeyer (Soprano),
Ortrun Wenkel (Alto), Theo Adam (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Venue:  St Luke's Church, Dresden 
Language: German 
4.
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano), Ute Priew (Mezzo Soprano), Lucia Popp (Soprano),
Ruth Falcon (Soprano), Daphne Evangelatos (Mezzo Soprano), Anne Gjevang (Alto),
Ortrun Wenkel (Mezzo Soprano), Norma Sharp (Soprano), Jeanine Altmeyer (Soprano),
Matti Salminen (Bass), Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass Baritone), René Kollo (Tenor),
Hans Günther Nöcker (Baritone)
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1874; Germany 
Venue:  St Luke's Church, Dresden 
Language: German 
5.
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ortrun Wenkel (Mezzo Soprano), Anne Gjevang (Alto), Ruth Falcon (Soprano),
Christel Borchers (Mezzo Soprano), Kathleen Kuhlmann (Alto), Ute Priew (Mezzo Soprano),
Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor), Kurt Moll (Bass), Jessye Norman (Soprano),
Theo Adam (Bass), Cheryl Studer (Soprano), Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano),
Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Soprano), Jeanine Altmeyer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Venue:  St Luke's Church, Dresden 
Language: German 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A beautiful and humanized ring cycle April 24, 2013 By Jean-Pierre L. (Piedmont, QUÉBEC) See All My Reviews "This is for me one the most beautiful version of Wagner's ring cycle ever recorded. First, the marvellous conducting of Janowski makes it a balanced and detailed recording, never to overpowered or to darknished. The balance between the orchestra and the singers is almost perfect. We ear details never or rarely heared before. The singing is incredible and never less than very good. Theo Adam is THE WOTAN of modern recording no doubt about it. Rene Kollo is the most helden Siegfried ever. His tone voice is youth and powerful for a true Siegfried caracter and the singing is incredible. Jessye Norman is a most beautiful Sieglinde. Peter Schreier is nonetheless as good as Stolze in Loge's and Mime's caracter. Ok Birgit Nielsson neither Mödl are there to sing a powerful Brünnhilde but Jeannine Altmeyer brings a more vulnerable and feminin side to the caracter. Her singing is very good and her approach to the text is quite unique. The rest of the line-up are from incredible to very good. The Dresden Staatskapelle orchestra conducted by Janowski surround the singing and the drama perfectly. The digital sound is wonderful and detailed. No doubt to me, this is the perfect buy for a first approach to the masterpiece and a must for every Wagnerian." Report Abuse
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