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Wagner: Gotterdammerung Highlights / Behrens, Goldberg, Levine


Release Date: 08/20/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 435489  
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hildegard BehrensReiner GoldbergMatti Salminen
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is, by and large, a magnificent achievement. Indeed, I would dare a prophecy: it may become known as one of the great Wagner recordings of our time. High praise from this quarter, sometimes deemed to be besotted with past glories, but I hope not unjustified. In the theatre and on Channel 4 television Götterdämmerung has seemed Levine's work, and so it proves up to the hilt here. In the first place, he seems to have the measure of its tragic import and its grandeur of concept. From start to finish he grasps and holds together its complex mesh of orchestral sound; no strand in the web of motifs escapes him, no turn in the drama is left uncared for. Even more importantly, unlike the other episodes of the tetralogy that we have Read more had so far from him, he has here a total mastery of the art of Wagnerian transition. He unerringly paces the changes of mood from scene to scene and within them very seldom allows the tension to fall...

After such an all-consuming and satisfying experience, comparisons are something of an intrusion. For anyone wishing to have a studio performance in wonderful sound, performed with complete understanding and thrilling incandescence, this must now be the choice if the opera is wanted on its own. Bohm (notable for Nilsson's superb Brunnhilde), Krauss and Furtwangler, recorded live (but in markedly inferior sound), offer different and complementary experiences. Solti's account, one of the best in his cycle, well stands the test of time, but even the VPO of the 1960s is matched by the Metropolitan orchestra here... For the moment Levine carries all before him.

-- Alan Blyth, Gramophone [8/1991, reviewing the complete Götterdämmerung, DG 429385]
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Works on This Recording

1. Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
2. Götterdämmerung: Zu neuen Thaten, theurer Helde! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens (Soprano), Reiner Goldberg (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
3. Götterdämmerung: Lass ich, Liebste, dich hier by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens (Soprano), Reiner Goldberg (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
4. Götterdämmerung: Hier sitz' ich zur Wacht by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
5. Götterdämmerung: Hoiho! Ihr Gibichsmannen, wachet euch auf! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1874; Germany 
6. Götterdämmerung: Brünnhilde, heilige Braut (Siegfried's death) by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens (Soprano), Reiner Goldberg (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
7. Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral Music by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
8. Götterdämmerung: Immolation by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hildegard Behrens (Soprano), Matti Salminen (Bass)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 

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