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Wagner - Die Walküre (DVD)

Wagner - Die Walküre (DVD)


Wagner:

Die Walküre

Grand Théâtre, Aix-en-Provence 2006


Robert Gambill (Siegmund), Mikhail Petrenko (Hunding), Willard White (Wotan), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Eva Johansson (Brünnhilde), Lilli Paasikivi (Fricka), Joanna Porackova (Gerhilde), Elaine McKrill (Ortlinde), Julianne Young (Waltraute), Andrea Baker (Schwertleite), Erika Sunnegårdh (Helmwige), Heike Grötzinger (Siegrune), Eva Vogel (Grimgerde) & Annette Bod (Rossweisse)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor) & Stéphane Braunschweig (director)

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Sir Simon Rattle has distinguished himself through his long-term relationships with a number of orchestras, wide-ranging repertoire and innovative educational and audiencebuilding activities. He is currently Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Principal Artist with the OAE. Sir Simon first conducted the Berlin Philharmonic in 1987 and appeared regularly with the orchestra in subsequent years.The summer of 2006 saw the first instalment of their Wagner Ring Cycle at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Sir Simon's most recent appearance at the Proms in Wagner brought forth ecstatic reviews, which bodes well for possible future installments of the Aix /Salzburg Ring on Bel Air Classiques.

"In what is both Mr. Rattle's and Aix's first Ring Cycle, "Die Walküre," the Ring's second chapter, was magically transformed by the enclosed space and lively acoustics of the Grand Théâtre de Provence. But where the new theater makes another significant difference is in Mr. Braunschweig's staging of the opera. Far more than in last year's "Rheingold," even the gods, notably Wotan and his twin children, Siegmund and Sieglinde, can now be felt to experience deeply human emotions. The final curtain brought a standing ovation for both orchestra and singers, with Ms.Westbroek singled out for her "extraordinary power and lyricism," as Jean-Louis Validire, Le Figaro's music critic, put it… The Ring Cycle continues here with "Siegfried" in 2008 and "Götterdammerüng" in 2009 and, as with "Das Rheingold" and "Die Walküre," they will be presented afresh at the Salzburg Easter Festival the following year." The New York Times, July 5, 2007

“Sir Willard White's patriarchal Wotan seems subtler on screen, more smouldering than stiff, and sings richly… Eva Johansson's… makes a fiery, youthful Brünnhilde, more at one with her fellow Valkyries - a fine bunch - than usual. Rattle's conducting… is easy enough to enjoy - fluent, often sweeping - and, of course, beautifully played by the Berliners...” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 ****

“Wind and brass detail, the accuracy and blending of the chording and that rhythmic precision which is a Rattle speciality lift the final colloquy between Wotan and Brünnhilde to Olympian heights.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2009

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

16GB USB flash-drive


Das Rheingold

John Tomlinson (Wotan), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Bodo Brinkmann (Donner), Helmut Pampuch (Mime), Kurt Schreibmayer (Froh), Matthias Hölle (Fasolt), Graham Clark (Loge), Philip Kang (Fafner), Linda Finnie (Fricka), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Eva Johansson (Freia), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Jane Turner (Flosshilde)

Die Walküre

Paul Elming (Siegmund), Nadine Secunde (Sieglinde), Matthias Hölle (Hunding), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), John Tomlinson (Wotan), Ruth Floeren (Ortlinde), Shirley Close (Waltraute), Hitomi Katagiri (Schwertleite), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Helmwige), Linda Finnie (Siegrune/Fricka), Birgitta Svendén (Grimgerde), Eva Johansson (Gerhilde), Hebe Kijkstra (Rossweisse)

Siegfried

Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), Philip Kang (Fafner), John Tomlinson (Wanderer), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Graham Clark (Mime), Hilde Leidland (Waldvogel)

Götterdämmerung

Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), John Tomlinson (Wanderer), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), Birgitta Svendén (Erste Norn), Philip Kang (Hagen), Linda Finnie Zweite Norn), Bodo Brinkmann (Gunther), Uta Priew (Dritte Norn), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Gutrune), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Waltraud Meier (Waltraute), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Jane Turner (Flosshilde)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Choir, Daniel Barenboim

Contents:

Music

Wagner’s complete Ring cycle available in two high quality audio formats (uncompressed WAV and 320kbps MP3)

Video

• BBC documentary: ‘Great composers - Wagner’

• ‘The making of the Ring’ featuring Daniel Barenboim and John Tomlinson.

Full libretto

• The full libretti of all four operas, available to download in PDF form

Specially designed software application featuring:

• Synopses and Articles:

Full synopses for each opera and seventeen original articles covering all

aspects of the Ring and its production.

• Leitmotif extracts and scores:

An exploration of the leitmotifs used in the Ring, with scores, extracts and descriptions covering 65 of the most prominent themes

• Illustrated comic strip:

An illustrated guide to the story of the Ring.

• Photos, biographies and other editorial

“For me the highlight of Daniel Barenboim's 1992 Bayreuth cycle is the matchless singing of John Tomlinson as Wotan, coupled with a radiant Brünnhilde from Anne Evans. Siegfried Jerusalem is movingly tender as Siegfried, and Philip Kang as Hagen is menacingly unsettling; his summoning of the vassals in Act Two of Götterdämmerung is thrilling indeed, with the gentlemen of the Bayreuth chorus sounding fantastic.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, March 2015

“it's arguably the finest Ring on disc of the last 30 years” The Guardian, 19th December 2013 ****

“The performances have mostly lasted very well, give or take some lurching speeds and passing weaknesses in lesser roles” The Times, 13th December 2013

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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Live from The Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1995


Eva Johansson (Eva), Wolfgang Brendel (Hans Sachs), Gösta Winbergh (Walther von Stolzing), Eike Wilm Schulte (Beckmesser), Uwe Peper (David), Ute Walther (Magdalena), Victor von Halem (Pogner), Peter Edelmann (Nachtwächter), Lenus Carlson (Kothner)

Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (conductor) & Götz Friedrich (stage director)

TV and Video Director BRIAN LARGE

Few works of the operatic world are politically so burdened as Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, which was known to be Hitler’s favourite opera. The production by Götz Friedrich for the Deutsche Oper in Berlin (premiered on 1 May 1993) places the action among the post-war ruins of Nuremberg in 1945, treating this diffi cult aspect of Meistersinger’s history of popularity in an impressive fashion.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is Richard Wagner’s most celebratory opera, and is indeed the epitome of the festival opera. It is therefore no surprise that it is often performed at the opening or reopening of opera houses. As an opera it is furthermore the only comedy among the serious and heavily symbolic works of Wagner. Composing Die Meistersinger after Tristan und Isolde must be the greatest contrast in operatic history, proof of the artist’s ability to give each of his works a specific tone.

In this version Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos gives an striking interpretation and is superbly supported by Eva Johansson, Wolfgang Brendel and Gösta Winbergh.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: 2 x DVD 9 / NTSC

Subtitles: DE (Original Language), GB, FR, ES, JP, Korean

Running Time: 266 mins

FSK: 0

“Excellently sung, especially by Gosta Winbergh, finely conducted, and with many insights from Friedrich the director, this is the best DVD of this difficult and complex masterpiece.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 ****

“Friedrich balances the cosy world of the Meistersingers against a view of the fate that would overtake Nürnberg in the Second World War...Brendel’s Sachs is a great assumption, rich in character and voice...Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos’s conducting is warm and spacious and aids the whole performance to unfold with a natural flow.” Opera Now *****

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Wagner: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre

Grand Théâtre, Aix-en-Provence 2006


Robert Gambill (Siegmund), Mikhail Petrenko (Hunding), Willard White (Wotan), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Eva Johansson (Brünnhilde), Lilli Paasikivi (Fricka), Joanna Porackova (Gerhilde), Elaine McKrill (Ortlinde), Julianne Young (Waltraute), Andrea Baker (Schwertleite), Erika Sunnegårdh (Helmwige), Heike Grötzinger (Siegrune), Eva Vogel (Grimgerde) & Annette Bod (Rossweisse)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor) & Stéphane Braunschweig (director)

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Sir Simon Rattle has distinguished himself through his long-term relationships with a number of orchestras, wide-ranging repertoire and innovative educational and audiencebuilding activities. He is currently Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Principal Artist with the OAE. Sir Simon first conducted the Berlin Philharmonic in 1987 and appeared regularly with the orchestra in subsequent years.The summer of 2006 saw the first instalment of their Wagner Ring Cycle at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Sir Simon's most recent appearance at the Proms in Wagner brought forth ecstatic reviews, which bodes well for possible future installments of the Aix /Salzburg Ring on Bel Air Classiques.

"In what is both Mr. Rattle's and Aix's first Ring Cycle, "Die Walküre," the Ring's second chapter, was magically transformed by the enclosed space and lively acoustics of the Grand Théâtre de Provence. But where the new theater makes another significant difference is in Mr. Braunschweig's staging of the opera. Far more than in last year's "Rheingold," even the gods, notably Wotan and his twin children, Siegmund and Sieglinde, can now be felt to experience deeply human emotions. The final curtain brought a standing ovation for both orchestra and singers, with Ms.Westbroek singled out for her "extraordinary power and lyricism," as Jean-Louis Validire, Le Figaro's music critic, put it… The Ring Cycle continues here with "Siegfried" in 2008 and "Götterdammerüng" in 2009 and, as with "Das Rheingold" and "Die Walküre," they will be presented afresh at the Salzburg Easter Festival the following year." The New York Times, July 5, 2007

“Sir Willard White's patriarchal Wotan seems subtler on screen, more smouldering than stiff, and sings richly… Eva Johansson's… makes a fiery, youthful Brünnhilde, more at one with her fellow Valkyries - a fine bunch - than usual. Rattle's conducting… is easy enough to enjoy - fluent, often sweeping - and, of course, beautifully played by the Berliners” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 ****

“Wind and brass detail, the accuracy and blending of the chording and that rhythmic precision which is a Rattle speciality lift the final colloquy between Wotan and Brünnhilde to Olympian heights.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2009

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Wagner: Das Rheingold: highlights

Wagner: Das Rheingold: highlights


John Tomlinson (Wotan), Bodo Brinkmann (Donner), Kurt Schreibmayer (Froh), Graham Clark (Loge), Linda Finnie (Fricka), Eva Johansson (Freia), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Helmut Pampuch (Mime), Matthias Hölle (Fasolt), Philip Kang (Fafner), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde) & Jane Turner (Flosshilde)

Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Daniel Barenboim

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Wagner : Die Walküre [Bayreuth, 1991]

Wagner : Die Walküre [Bayreuth, 1991]


Bayreuth Festival Chorus (chorus), Poul Elming (tenor vocals), Nadine Secunde (soprano vocals), Matthias Hölle (bass vocals), John Tomlinson (bass vocals), Anne Evans (soprano vocals), Linda Finnie (mezzo-soprano vocals), Ruth Floeren (soprano vocals), Hitomi Katagiri (mezzo-soprano vocals), Shirley Close (mezzo-soprano vocals), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (soprano vocals), Birgitta Svendén (mezzo-soprano vocals), Eva Johansson (soprano vocals), Hebe Dijkstra (mezzo-soprano vocals)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

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Zemlinsky: Es war einmal

Zemlinsky: Es war einmal


Ole Hedegaard (tenor), Eva Johansson (soprano), Guido Paevatalu (baritone), Aage Haugland (bass), Kurt Westi (tenor), Per-Arne Wahlgren (baritone), Susse Lillesøe (soprano), Christian Christiansen (bass)

DR SymfoniOrkestret, DR KoncertKoret, Hans Graf

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Wagner: Das Rheingold

Wagner: Das Rheingold

(complete opera)


John Tomlinson (Wotan), Linda Finnie (Fricka), Graham Clark (Loge), Helmut Pampuch (Mime), Gunter von Kannen (Alberich), Eva Johansson (Freia), Kurt Schreibmayer (Froh), Bodo Brinkmann (Donner), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Matthias Hölle (Fasolt), Philip Kang (Fafner), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Jane Turner (Flosshilde)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Recorded in 1991

“These are enthralling performances. Tomlinson's volatile Wotan is the most potent reading here. He manages to sing every word with insistent meaning and forceful declamation while maintaining a firm legato. His German is so idiomatic that he might have been speaking the language his whole life and he brings breadth and distinction of phrase to his solos at the close of both operas. Anne Evans as a single, important advantage over other recent Brünnhildes in that her voice is wholly free from wobble and she never makes an ugly sound. Hers is a light, girlish, honest portrayal, sung with unfailing musicality if not with the ultimate insights. Linda Finnie is an articulate, sharp-edged Fricka, and Graham Clark a sparky, incisive Loge. Nadine Secunde's impassioned Sieglinde is matched by the vital, exciting Siegmund of Poul Elming, and Matthias Hölle as both Hunding and Fasolt is another of those black basses of which Germany seems to have an inexhaustible supply. The whole is magnificently conducted by Barenboim, a more expansive Wagnerian than Böhm. By 1991 he had the full measure of its many facets, bringing immense authority and power to building its huge climaxes, yet finding all the lightness of touch for the mercurial and/or diaphanous aspects of the score. He has the inestimable advantage of a Bayreuth orchestra at the peak of its form, surpassing – and this says much – even the Metropolitan orchestra for Levine. Similar qualities inform his interpretation of Die Walküre. Barenboim has now learnt how to match the epic stature of Wagner's mature works, how to pace them with an overview of the whole, and there's an incandescent, metaphysical feeling of a Furtwänglerian kind in is treatment of such passages as Wotan's anger and the Valkyrie ride. The orchestra is superb. It's backed by a recording of startling presence and depth, amply capturing the Bayreuth acoustic.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“what is particularly surprising is the dramatic tension of the performance. Even with slow speeds, the sense of flow carries the ear on...It is very satisfying, too, to have on disc John Tomlinson's magnificent performance as Wotan, Graham Clark as an electrifying, dominant Loge and Linda Finnie a thoughtful, intense Fricka.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

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Gade, N: Elverskud Op. 30, etc.

Gade, N:

Elverskud Op. 30

for solo voices, choir and orchestra

Echoes of Ossian Overture, Op. 1

Fünf Gesänge, Op. 13

Five Songs: for a cappella chamber choir


Anne Gjevang (contralto), Eva Johansson (soprano), Poul Elming (tenor)

Danish National Radio Chamber Choir, Danish National Choir/DR, Danish National Symphony Orchestra/DR, Dmitri Kitajenko

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Heise: King and Marshall (Drot og märsk)

Heise: King and Marshall (Drot og märsk)

An Opera in Four Acts


Aage Haugland (bass), Bent Norup (bass), Christian Christiansen (bass), Eva Johansson (soprano), Inga Nielsen (soprano), Kurt Westi (tenor), Ole Hedegaard (tenor), Poul Elming (tenor), Ronnie Johansen (bass)

Danish National Symphony Orchestra/DR, Danish National Radio Chamber Choir, Michael Schonwandt

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