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Wagner: Das Rheingold / Haitink, Morris, Lipovsek, Zednik

Release Date: 10/17/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 58699   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jadwiga RappéEva JohanssonAndreas SchmidtPeter Seiffert,   ... 
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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Das Rheingold starts the cycle remarkably successfully. Haitink’s grasp of both music and drama is remarkably certain and he secures playing of immediacy from his Bavarian forces. Generally, details are not overlooked within the work’s architecture The Prelude to scene 1 does not quite carry the sense of inevitability with it that others on disc do—Böhm or Karajan, for example—but its tonal weight is more apt than Boulez’s “lighter” reading. Precision also marks much of the Rheinmaidens’ singing in the opening scene, even if slightly more impetuousness would be welcome. As commented in 30:4, James Morris’s Wotan is committed. It is an oddity to have two different singers cast as Fricka, though both
Read more Lipovšek and Meier have voices whose strengths match the overall emphatic range of the parts they sing. Rappé’s Erda—also found in Siegfried—projects an other-worldly presence, and Haage’s Mime continues to impress. Zednik’s Loge has plenty of character in the voice, as does Theo Adam’s Alberich. Tschammer and Rydl are imposing as Fasolt and Fafner, but the recording engineering helps their cause slightly. Eva Johansson’s Freia was steadier of tone at the time of recording than she can be these days. Smaller roles are generally excellently taken.

– Evan Dickerson, FANFARE [5/2007]
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Works on This Recording

Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jadwiga Rappé (Alto), Eva Johansson (Soprano), Andreas Schmidt (Baritone),
Peter Seiffert (Tenor), Peter Haage (Tenor), James Morris (Bass Baritone),
Marjana Lipovsek (Mezzo Soprano), Silvia Herman (Soprano), Theo Adam (Baritone),
Hans Tschammer (Bass), Kurt Rydl (Bass), Julie Kaufmann (Soprano),
Heinz Zednik (Tenor), Susan Quittmeyer (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Language: German 

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