Matthias Goerne

Baritone

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Schumann: Einsamkeit

Schumann: Einsamkeit


Schumann:

Gedichte (6) und Requiem, Op. 90

Der Einsiedler, Op. 83 No. 3

Die Lotosblume, Op. 25 No. 7

Du bist wie eine Blume, Op. 25 No. 24

Der Himmel hat eine Träne geweint, Op. 37 No. 1

Was will die einsame Träne, Op. 25 No. 21

Mein Schöner Stern! Op. 101 No. 4

Nachtlied, Op. 96 No. 1

Es stürmet am Abendhimmel, Op. 89 No. 1

Heimliches Verschwinden, Op. 89 No. 2

Herbstlied, Op. 89 No. 3

Abschied vom Walde, Op. 89 No. 4

Ins Freie, Op. 89 No. 5

Abendlied, Op. 107 No. 6


Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Markus Hinterhäuser (Steinway piano)

Following the Matthias Goerne Schubert Edition for harmonia mundi, a venture that has revealed his stature as the foremost interpreter of lieder, especially at its darkest, Matthias Goerne has now selected 19 gems, lovingly fashioned by Schumann in the year of his marriage (1840). They are contrasted with those of the Düsseldorf period (1849-52).

From the fragrant flowers of the bouquet of ‘Myrtles’ to the nocturnal atmosphere of the ‘Six Poems and Requiem’ the mood spans Schumann's joy in his marriage to his beloved Clara but also the darkest despair: in which he erects a worthy monument to his soulmate, the poet and arch-melancholic of his time, Nikolaus Lenau. An enchanted, sometimes brooding, nocturnal atmosphere dominates these impressive songs, whose piano accompaniment – hardly coincidentally – recalls the tone of Chopin’s Nocturnes, played here by Markus Hinterhäuser, artistic director of the Salzburg Festival and regular collaborator with Matthias.

“the combination of Goerne’s distinctively veiled tone and care over every word and nuance with Markus Hinterhäuser’s equally punctilious accompaniments, turns them into a compelling sequence. Even ardent Schumann devotees should find something new here.” The Guardian, 20th April 2017 ****

“Goerne’s baritone now has some wear but it remains beautiful. There’s an impressive control of line and a lovely veiled piano tone in the upper end of his range; the breaths, deep and long, seem to be drawn from a deep emotional well…Hinterhäuser deserves a special mention, too. He coaxes a tone of supreme pearly beauty from his Steinway and matches Goerne note for note in terms of creating the disc’s beguiling atmosphere” Gramophone Magazine, June 2017

“Before a single note is sung, the slightly hesitant reserve of Hinterhäuser’s piano introduction to Meine Rose (where the central metaphor is a rose “already drooping and pale”) sets a tone of introspection that clings to almost everything that follows. Think of the selection of music, predominantly from Schumann’s later output, as sung by Goerne for himself, in the melancholy of a closed room with little light” The Irish Times, 7th June 2017 ****

“Displaying no signs of vocal wear and tear after his recent taxing Wagner assignments, the German baritone brings consummate delicacy and tenderness and a lovely sepia palette to the songs (mainly nocturnal in mood) which Schumann composed during the year of his marriage and those written towards the end of his creative life.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, April 2017

“Goerne is a virtuoso of the recording studio. He mostly keeps to a subdued, intimate murmur, and his molten legato is barely touched by consonants…Hinterhäuser’s flexible, tender accompaniment evokes the private interiors in which these songs were sung. Both artists consciously understate and underplay, reminding us that true aloneness looks inward. If you buy just one song recording this month, this should be it” BBC Music Magazine, July 2017 *****

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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, France, July 2015


Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Markus Hinterhäuser (piano)

Franz Schubert´s Winterreise engages with its audience in a new and unexpected form. Matthias Goerne, 'the voice of perfection' (Le Figaro), pianist Markus Hinterhäuser and South African director, set designer and theatrical artist William Kentridge joined forces on stage and traced newly imagined, deeply moving images. In short animated films, Kentridge visualises Goerne’s and Hinterhäuser’s sonic contribution. A memorable meeting 'of melancholy and magic' (La Marseillaise). 'Mr. Kentridge’s 24 stop-action films - made up of animated ink drawings and collages - offer a visually mesmerising and thought-provoking commentary on Schubert’s song cycle' (New York Times). 'There is an unusual robustness to his (Matthias Goerne´s) wanderer, infused by the virile beauty of his powerful baritone' (New York Times).

Documentary: A TRIO FOR SCHUBERT feat. Interviews with W. Kentridge, M. Goerne and M. Hinterhäuser

Running Time Total: 138 Minutes (Concert 85’ + Doc 53’)

Picture 16:9, HD

Sound DVD: PCM Stereo

Subtitles German (original language), English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese Doc: German, English, Korean, Japanese

“The performance is suffused with Goerne’s and Hinterhäuser’s peculiar rhetorical intensity and freedom” BBC Music Magazine, September 2017 ****

“It’s fascinating viewing, by turns enchanting and disquieting, but you might, as I did, find your eye simply being drawn back to Goerne. He sings the cycle now with a new and powerful tragic gravity, matched every weary trudge of the way by Hinterhäuser’s intelligent and supportive playing” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

“Highly effective integration of sublime performance and artistic depth” MusicWeb International, May 2017

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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, France, July 2015


Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Markus Hinterhäuser (piano)

Franz Schubert´s Winterreise engages with its audience in a new and unexpected form. Matthias Goerne, 'the voice of perfection' (Le Figaro), pianist Markus Hinterhäuser and South African director, set designer and theatrical artist William Kentridge joined forces on stage and traced newly imagined, deeply moving images. In short animated films, Kentridge visualises Goerne’s and Hinterhäuser’s sonic contribution. A memorable meeting 'of melancholy and magic' (La Marseillaise). 'Mr. Kentridge’s 24 stop-action films - made up of animated ink drawings and collages - offer a visually mesmerising and thought-provoking commentary on Schubert’s song cycle' (New York Times). 'There is an unusual robustness to his (Matthias Goerne´s) wanderer, infused by the virile beauty of his powerful baritone' (New York Times).

Documentary: A TRIO FOR SCHUBERT feat. Interviews with W. Kentridge, M. Goerne and M. Hinterhäuser

Running Time Total: 138 Minutes (Concert 85’ + Doc 53’)

Picture 16:9, HD

Sound BD: PCM Stereo

Subtitles German (original language), English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese Doc: German, English, Korean, Japanese

“It’s fascinating viewing, by turns enchanting and disquieting, but you might, as I did, find your eye simply being drawn back to Goerne. He sings the cycle now with a new and powerful tragic gravity, matched every weary trudge of the way by Hinterhäuser’s intelligent and supportive playing” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

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Wagner: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre


Matthias Goerne (Wotan), Petra Lang (Brünnhilde), Michelle DeYoung (Fricka), Stuart Skelton (Siegmund), Heidi Melton (Sieglinde), Falk Struckmann (Hunding), Sarah Castle (Waltraute), Karen Foster (Gerhilde), Katherine Broderick (Helmwige), Anna Burford (Schwertleite), Elaine McKrill (Ortlinde), Aurhelia Varak (Siegrune), Okka von der Damerau (Grimgerde), Laura Nykänen (Rossweise)

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden

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Comprising four separate operas, Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) is one of the supreme works in the history of music. Part II of the tetralogy, Die Walküre, centres on the young lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde, whose relationship angers Fricka, goddess of marriage, and on the disobedience of the Valkyrie Brünnhilde who is sent to carry out Fricka’s wishes. Performed by an all-star international cast, the work features thrilling set-pieces such as Wotan’s Farewell and the Ride of the Valkyries. The Prologue, Das Rheingold, can be heard on Naxos 8660374-75, selected as ‘Album of the Week’ by The Sunday Times of London, which praised its ‘thrilling sense of drama’.

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“As before, the playing of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra provides the foundation of the performance...Van Zweden’s sense of pacing and drama never falters either, and some of the climaxes he engineers are thrillingly vivid...Skelton is magnificent throughout, surely without a rival in the role today...Overall, the performances become much more than the sum of their parts, some of which are outstanding anyway.” The Guardian, 9th November 2016 ****

“van Zweden has broken free of both tradition and over-literal score-reading to interpret what is in front of him...Goerne is in almost indecently good voice...DeYoung argues Fricka’s case with power and sweep...[Struckmann] uses text rather than colour to frighten as Hunding...this is an impressive and likeable achievement.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

“it’s the Wälsung twins who pretty much steal the show: Stuart Skelton and Heidi Melton deliver a first act of exquisite radiance and tenderness...t’s above all a very human first act, eschewing the heroics and melodrama that are played up on other recordings.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 11th November 2016

“A sturdy urgency is keeping Naxos’s burgeoning Ring cycle powering forwards...van Zweden rouses much of the drama that would be expected in the theatre, and his Hong Kong orchestra, though hardly in the Wagnerian front rank, supports him strongly. The cycle’s ace is Matthias Goerne’s expressive Wotan.” Financial Times, 18th November 2016

“There are likely to be further individual vocal performances worth seeking out, bit it increasingly looks as though this cycle will be collectable primarily for van Zweden’s achievement in turning his Hong Kong players into a Wagner orchestra to be reckoned with.” Opera, January 2017

“Stuart Skelton and Heidi Melton provide sheer vocal luxury. Good casting all round makes this well worth purchasing” Opera Now, December 2016 ****

“I doubt there is any tenor today to equal Stuart Skelton’s Siegmund, as thrilling as he is poetic. The set is worth acquiring for him alone, but there’s also Matthias Goerne: surely one of the most introverted Wotans ever recorded, but so moving..Van Zweden works wonders in transforming the HK Phil into a world-class Wagner band.” Sunday Times, 8th January 2017

“Drawing airy, luminescent textures from the Hong Kong players, [van Zweden] drives the drama excitingly [and] his singers respond superbly…Goerne brings Wotan’s fearful conflicts of love and desperation alive…[Lang’s] high notes soar with cutting power…Skelton and Melton are well established Volsungs, but both their voices seem to have taken on fresh lustre and clarion ring, giving memorably intense performance.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017

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Freiburg Baroque Orchestra - Baroque Christmas

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra - Baroque Christmas


Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano), Barbara Bonney (soprano) & Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Freiburger Domsingknaben, German Brass, Gottfried von der Goltz

This extraordinary Christmas Edition of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra presents well-known classical Christmas compositions combined with popular carols and jazzy improvisations.

A special price re-release slipcase edition for the Christmas season, featuring one of the most renowned baroque orchestras in the world: the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Featuring star soloists such as Angelika Kirchschlager (winner of ECHO Klassik), Barbara Bonney and Matthias Goerne (honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London), the Tomasz Stańko Quartet, and German Brass. The historic Freiburg Cathedral and the Cistercian monastery of Naumburg provide the perfect atmospheric setting. Recorded in 1999 and 2000. Including excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and many other seasonal Bach standards and popular Christmas songs, such as “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” and “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht“.

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Running time: DVD 1: 82 mins, DVD 2: 60 mins

Total running time: 122 mins

Language: German

Subtitles: English, Deutsch, Français (DVD 1)

Production years: 1999, 2000

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Berio: Sinfonia & Berio/Mahler: Frühe Lieder

Berio: Sinfonia & Berio/Mahler: Frühe Lieder


Berio:

Sinfonia

The Synergy Vocals

Mahler:

Ablösung im Sommer (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Erinnerung (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Hans und Grete (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Ich ging mit Lust (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Frühlingsmorgen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Phantasie aus Don Juan (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Scheiden und Meiden (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Nicht wiedersehen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio


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"Since it was first performed in 1969, Luciano Berio's Sinfonia has become a classic, certainly the most widely known of all his works and arguably the most successful concert piece by a composer of his generation." The Guardian

This release is dedicated to the pioneer of Italian modernism Luciano Berio. His 5-movement 'Sinfonia', is undoubtedly his most well-known work, written for the New York Philharmonic and dedicated to Leonard Bernstein. It has become one of the key works and principle musical manifestations of the 1960s bringing together collage technique and modernism.

A few years later, Berio went on to orchestrate a number of songs on texts from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn', which Mahler had scored for piano and voice, as if they had been written at the time of the later 'Kindertotenlieder'. A symphonic backcloth tailor-made for the great baritone voice of Matthias Goerne [whose 'Knaben Wunderhorn' songs are already available on DVD, with Andris Nelsons, from Lucerne]. His warm, dark voice allows him to capture the sombre and tragic atmosphere of this music like no one else.

“Berio’s skilful arrangements invoke a similar soundworld as Mahler’s own orchestrations of his songs: it’s colourful, slightly brittle, and vividly pointed up by Pons...Goerne gives the vocal lines the slightly larger-than-life quality they need, exaggerating their expressive extremes and running through his full palette of baritonal shades.” The Guardian, 28th September 2016 ****

“any attempt to describe this [third] movement can't possibly do full justice to how extraordinary an accomplishment it is; it's much more than simply copying out some Mahler and throwing in a few other bits and pieces, and the overall effect in performance is remarkable, shifting from violent orchestral outbursts to some truly sublime moments.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 16th September 2016

“Berio’s Sinfonia, premiered in 1968, remains an incomparably rich conundrum...On a disc such as this outstanding one, balance can be contrived so that the throng of words is audible to just the right degree.” Sunday Times, 9th October 2016

“Goerne summons a dark, curdled tone, which can switch in an instant to a delicate tenderness...Altogether, this disc is a wonderful introduction to one of the 20th century’s great composers.” The Telegraph, 22nd October 2016 ****

“Pons’s new, gorgeously textured performance couples the endlessly fascinating work with Berio’s two-decades-later, light-touch orchestrations of Mahler songs, sung with heart-piercing point by Matthias Goerne.” Irish Times, 26th October 2016

“We have only to listen to [Berio’s] exquisite song orchestrations, graced with Goerne on riveting, vibrant form, to feel the depth of his empathy, an almost palpable longing to be absorbed into that lost Viennese world…this coupling is a must-have” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 *****

“Matthias Goerne projects each song with ursine power and humour, albeit in slightly frayed voice. His larger-than-life stage persona fits Berio’s vividly faithful arrangements…this new [recording] feels even truer to the spirit of '68 which inspired Sinfonia” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

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Mendelssohn: Paulus, Op. 36

Mendelssohn: Paulus, Op. 36


Melanie Diener (soprano), Annette Markert (mezzo), James Taylor (tenor) & Matthias Goerne (baritone)

La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent & Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Philippe Herreweghe

“Goerne’s noble Paulus is the standout in Herreweghe’s scrupulously nuanced, broadly conceived, and warmly diversified account of an oratorio perennially overshadowed by its better known sibling Elijah.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017 ****

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Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge

Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge


Brahms:

Lieder und Gesänge (9), Op. 32

Sommerabend, Op. 85 No. 1

Mondenschein, Op. 85 No. 2

Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht, Op. 96 No. 1

Es schauen die Blumen, Op. 96 No. 3

Meerfahrt, Op. 96 No. 4

Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Brahms wrote a vast number of lieder over a period of 40 years. The 200 or so he permitted to survive show just how important the genre was to his compositional process. The selection presented here illustrates the diversity of a corpus that features Heine (as with so many other composers), but also a wide variety of other poets whom he set to music with the same consummate skill as the ‘Four Serious Songs’ Op.121, the peak of his magnificent and highly individual output.

“No-one broods quite like Matthias Goerne, and if his new recital of Brahms songs makes for a decidedly sombre listening experience, it’s also an absolutely unmissable one...his oaky, sturdy voice has taken on darker and more dramatic hues of late...There’s a special sort of alchemy in his partnership with Eschenbach, too, to the extent that it often feels as if we’re listening to a single performer.” Presto Classical, 17th June 2016

“they suit Brahms’ Vier ernste Gesange, his Four Serious Songs, wonderfully well, that velvety voice seemingly endless reserves of dynamic and expressive power, and a pianist prepared to linger wherever the singer leads, bringing dark shades of his own to the sound...I’ll be listening to this again and again.” Record Review, 11th June 2016

“The finest-grained colours come from the piano: Eschenbach knows when to push and when to linger, and he has a lovely knack of catching Goerne at the crest of a phrase and then adding his own quiet commentary.” The Guardian, 30th June 2016 ***

“Goerne remains a fine lieder singer … he shows a careful attention to text … he finds a contemplative depth for the Four Serious Songs, however, with the sorrow and tenderness of the second beautifully suggested.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2016

“It’s music that’s very well suited to his voice: grainy and gentle and with that characteristic burnished-mahogany tone...this is supremely seductive Lieder singing, with a natural intelligence and ease with the words, matched by playing from Christoph Eschenbach that coaxes and caresses the piano with loving delicacy.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

“This is a grown-up disc of grown-up repertoire…it’s superbly done and it’s entirely worthy to stand alongside Goerne’s excellent Schubert recitals for the same label.” MusicWeb International, September 2016

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Schubert: String Quintet & Lieder

Schubert: String Quintet & Lieder


Schubert:

String Quintet in C major, D956

Gautier Capuçon (cello)

Die Gotter Griechenlands D677 (Schiller)

arranged for string quartet and double bass

Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Laurene Durantel (double-bass)

Der Tod und das Mädchen, D531

arranged for string quartet and double bass

Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Laurene Durantel (double-bass)

Der Jungling und der Tod, D545 (Spaun)

arranged for string quartet and double bass

Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Laurene Durantel (double-bass)

Atys D585

arranged for string quartet and double bass

Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Laurene Durantel (double-bass)

Der liebliche Stern, D861 (Schulze)

arranged for string quartet and double bass

Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Laurene Durantel (double-bass)


In 2014 Erato released Schubert’s glorious ‘Trout’ Quintet, recorded live at Paris’s Salle Pleyel by members of Quatuor Ebène with nonagerian pianist Menahem Pressler. The French quartet – with a new viola-player, 24-year-old Adrien Boisseau and a distinguished guest cellist, Gautier Capuçon – now turns to another Schubert quintet, his final chamber work and one of his sublime masterpieces: the Quintet for two violins, viola and two cellos in C major D956, often known simply as the Schubert Quintet. Its slow movement in particular, in which time seems to stands still, is a favourite with music-lovers.

In a characteristically imaginative move, Quatuor Ebène has complemented this substantial work, which lasts nearly an hour, with five of the 600 or so songs that Schubert composed during his lifetime. Replacing the customary piano accompaniments are sensitive new arrangements for string quartet and double bass (Laurène Durante), made by the Ebène’s cellist, Raphaël Merlin, while the singer is the German baritone Matthias Goerne. Established as one of the world’s greatest interpreters of lieder, he has a timbre that, in the words of Gramophone, is notable for its “distinctive mellow roundness … at once deep and soft-grained”. Goerne has said that: “There are no limits to Schubert. He is limitlessly deep – whether you are interpreting him or listening to him. He reveals all the facets, desires, fears and flaws of a human being.” The five songs on this CD – ‘Die Götter Griechenlands’, ‘Der Tod und das Mädchen‘, ‘Der Jüngling und der Tod‘, ‘Atys‘ and ‘Der liebliche Stern‘ – all deal with themes of death or nostalgia, while also demonstrating Schubert’s extraordinary expressive scope.

The Ebène’s recording of the ‘Trout’ Quintet with Menahem Pressler was greeted enthusiastically by Gramophone – “[It] radiates such communicative spirit and pure delight in making music together”, while the UK’s Observer newspaper, writing shortly before Christmas 2014, said: “This is the present for any chamber music lover – if you can bear to give it away.” The new programme of the String Quintet and songs was presented in October 2015 at the prestigious annual festival in Austria which takes its name from the musical evenings the composer used to enjoy with his friends: Schubertiade. As the Austrian magazine KULTUR-Zeitschrift wrote: “The general standard of the concerts at the Schubertiade is very high, but there will always be one chamber music event that stands out – and in this case it involved the French Quatuor Ebène, the baritone Matthias Goerne, the double bassist Laurène Durantel and the cellist Nicolas Altstaedt [rather than Gautier Capuçon, who appears on the CD]. Musical communication …, tonal flexibility and great emotional breadth are the trademarks of Quatuor Ebène … The arrangements of well-known Schubert lieder offered a wealth of discoveries for the listener. Raphaël Merlin has arranged the piano parts [of the songs] with great dedication; the use of strings gave the songs a new and readily accessible character … as each took on the characteristics of a scena, an aria or a mini-drama. … The players and Matthias Goerne collaborated superbly. The baritone took centre stage and brought each song to life with distinctive expression ... full of nuance in every register … fusing lyricism and drama …The interpretation of Schubert’s C major Quintet fully captured its essence … The themes rang out in their many forms in the opening movement; after the finely spun Adagio the Scherzo burst with percussive energy, and once the players had rounded off the final movement there was a storm of applause from the audience.”

“For a start, the Ebène Quartet quite clearly think deeply about every note, every texture, every gesture – as they have demonstrated in the past...The lower instruments are the engine room of the Quintet, and this performance demonstrates that as finely as any...The detailing, too, is remarkable.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

“The Quatuor Ebène, who together with the remarkable cellist Gautier Capuçon perform the C major String Quintet, stands out, even in a golden age of string quartets…and since Capuçon integrates himself with them with none of the strain that star cellists often show, the result is as impressive as one might hope” BBC Music Magazine, June 2016 ****

“Enriched by the extra cello of Gautier Capuçon, this performance is noteworthy for its sheer richness and variety of colour...With detailed, upfront sound enhancing the playing, this disc is sure to gain a footing on this year’s awards lists.” The Strad, 2016

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Wagner: Das Rheingold

Wagner: Das Rheingold


Matthias Goerne (Wotan), Kim Begley (Loge), Michelle DeYoung (Fricka), Deborah Humble (Erda), Peter Sidhom (Alberich), Anna Samuil (Freia), Kwangchul Youn (Fasolt), Stephen Milling (Fafner), David Cangelosi (Mime), Charles Reid (Froh), Oleksandr Pushniak (Donner), Eri Nakamura (Woglinde), Aurhelia Varak (Wellgunde), Hermine Haselböck (Flosshilde)

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden

First performed as a cycle of four operas in 1876, Wagner’s visionary Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) is one of the greatest works of art.

Centred around a ring which offers its bearer ultimate power and the attempts of various people to acquire it, the Ring cycle explores the relationship between love and earthly power and the themes of yearning and loss, all within a setting of medieval legend. The Prologue Das Rheingold depicts the theft and subsequent surrender of the ring forged from the Rhinemaidens’ gold by the Nibelung dwarf Alberich.

“The orchestral textures have a spaciousness and transparency, and an unforced sense of architectural shaping and dramatic flow...But the real surprise here is Matthias Goerne’s performance as Wotan. His handling of the text is as exemplary as anyone would expect from such a seasoned lieder singer, but it’s the power and gravitas that Goerne brings to the role that are so startling.” The Guardian, 21st October 2015 ****

“the Hong Kong Philharmonic sound fully up for the occasion and have the stamina for this demanding piece…Matthias Goerne sings Wotan beautifully with much baritonal sophistication, predictable care for words and able negotiation of trickier moments…Peter Sidhom enjoys himself greatly playing Alberich as an out-and-out 'baddie'…[the scene in Nibelheim] feels as if David Cangelosi's Mime, both funny and moving with any kind of braying excess, has acted as a catalyst to turn the occasion into a more full-on dramatic performance” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

“Sidhom's dark-leather tone and malevolent characterisation make an impressive Alberich, fellow Briton Kim Begley is a smooth, sardonic Loge, ideally lyrical in his narration...Van Zweden conducts with an easy sweep that would carry one along in the opera house...This knocks spots off rival budget versions...and many more expensive.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2016 ****

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