Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Thielemann, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus

Release Date: 11/17/2009
Label: Opus Arte
Catalog Number: OA CD9000BD
Composer: Richard Wagner
Number of Discs: 14

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
"... there is no doubt that this year's Ring at Bayreuth belongs to... Thielemann [who] creates a musical experience epic in its scale and inexorable in its apocalyptic, shattering power."

- The Guardian, London

Wagner's epic four-opera cycle is a work of extraordinary scale - a full performance takes place over four nights with a total playing time of approximately 15 hours. Based loosely on characters from the Norse sagas, it is a work that follows the struggles of gods, heroes, mythical creatures, and the eponymous magical Ring that grants dominion over the entire world. The music is richly textured, and grows in complexity as the cycle proceeds - Wagner wrote for an orchestra of gargantuan proportions, including a greatly enlarged brass section with new instruments invented especially for the work. The Bayreuth Festspielhaus was constructed for this work to be performed in, with a specially designed stage that allows singers voices to blend with the huge orchestra without straining - essential for such long performances.

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival in 2008, this production stars a host of international stars including Michelle Breedt, Albert Dohmen, Stephen Gould, Hans-Peter Konig, Linda Watson & Eva-Maria Westbroek. Christian Thielemann, one of the most sought-after conductors in the world, takes the baton with the Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra.

Works on This Recording
1. Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner
Performer: Gerhard Siegel (Tenor), Anna Gabler (Soprano), Andrew Shore (Baritone), Christa Mayer (Mezzo Soprano), Manuela Bress (Mezzo Soprano), Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano), Annette Küttenbaum (Mezzo Soprano), Martina Dike (Mezzo Soprano), Stephen Gould (Tenor), Endrik Wottrich (Tenor), Ralf Lukas (Bass), Kwangchul Youn (Bass), Arnold Bezuyen (Tenor), Edith Haller (Soprano), Fionnuala McCarthy (Soprano), Hans-Peter König (Baritone), Robin Johannsen (Soprano), Sonja Mühleck (Soprano), Alberto Dohmen (Baritone), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano), Linda Watson (Soprano), Clemens Bieber (Tenor), Simone Schröder (Alto), Wilke te Brummelstroete (Alto), Ulrike Helzel (Alto)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853-1874 ; Germany
2. Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Performer: Andrew Shore (Baritone), Alberto Dohmen (Baritone), Fionnuala McCarthy (Soprano), Kwangchul Youn (Bass), Arnold Bezuyen (Tenor), Gerhard Siegel (Tenor), Hans-Peter König (Baritone), Michelle Breedt (Mezzo Soprano), Edith Haller (Soprano), Christa Mayer (Mezzo Soprano), Clemens Bieber (Tenor), Ralf Lukas (Bass), Simone Schröder (Alto), Ulrike Helzel (Alto)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854 ; Germany
3. Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
Performer: Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano), Linda Watson (Soprano), Alberto Dohmen (Baritone), Sonja Mühleck (Soprano), Kwangchul Youn (Bass), Anna Gabler (Soprano), Annette Küttenbaum (Mezzo Soprano), Martina Dike (Mezzo Soprano), Edith Haller (Soprano), Manuela Bress (Mezzo Soprano), Endrik Wottrich (Tenor), Wilke te Brummelstroete (Alto), Simone Schröder (Alto)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856 ; Germany
4. Siegfried by Richard Wagner
Performer: Andrew Shore (Baritone), Linda Watson (Soprano), Alberto Dohmen (Baritone), Gerhard Siegel (Tenor), Robin Johannsen (Soprano), Hans-Peter König (Baritone), Christa Mayer (Mezzo Soprano), Stephen Gould (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Germany
5. Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner
Performer: Linda Watson (Soprano), Andrew Shore (Baritone), Fionnuala McCarthy (Soprano), Martina Dike (Mezzo Soprano), Hans-Peter König (Baritone), Edith Haller (Soprano), Christa Mayer (Mezzo Soprano), Stephen Gould (Tenor), Ralf Lukas (Bass), Simone Schröder (Alto), Ulrike Helzel (Alto)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871-1874 ; Germany
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