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Wagner: Das Rheingold / Levine, Morris, Ludwig, Jerusalem

Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 445295   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Mark BakerJames MorrisEkkehard WlaschihaSiegfried Lorenz,   ... 
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...Levine's Ring largely benefits from modern-day studio recording and its myriad advantages, without the stage noises or errors of execution and balance that occasionally occur in the live Böhm (Philips) and Sawallisch (EMI) Rings. More importantly, the present Ring attests to the high level of ensemble sophistication, flexibility, and polish the Met Orchestra had developed over the years under Levine's music directorship. Listen, for example, to the incandescent grandeur and careful detail characterizing the Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla... By contrast, Levine brings an almost Mozartean lightness and point to Das Rheingold Scene 2's quick-witted negotiations between Wotan, Loge, and the giants Fasolt and Fafner... Christa Ludwig Read more sounds no less fresh and commanding in Fricka's music as she did two decades earlier in Solti's Ring. Then there's James Morris, whose Wotan and Wanderer set new standards in these complex, multi-dimensional roles, just as Schorr and Hotter did in their respective heydays.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com [reviewing the complete Levine Ring, DG 471678]
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Works on This Recording

Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Mark Baker (Tenor), James Morris (Bass Baritone), Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Bass Baritone),
Siegfried Lorenz (Baritone), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Heinz Zednik (Tenor),
Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor), Kurt Moll (Bass), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Bass),
Mari Anne Häggander (Soprano), Birgitta Svendén (Mezzo Soprano), Hong Hei-Kyung (Soprano),
Diane Kesling (Mezzo Soprano), Meredith Parsons (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1988 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 156 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: German 

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