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Wagner: Das Rheingold

Wagner: Das Rheingold


Michael Volle (Wotan), Tomasz Konieczny (Alberich), Burkhard Ulrich (Loge), Elisabeth Kulman (Fricka), Herwig Pecoraro (Mime), Peter Rose (Fasolt), Eric Halfvarson (Fafner), Annette Dasch (Freia), Janina Baechle (Erda), Christian van Horn (Donner), Benjamin Bruns (Froh), Mirella Hagen (Woglinde), Stefanie Irányi (Wellgunde), Eva Vogel (Flosshilde)

Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Simon Rattle

The general consensus over the past few years among music critics and the public at large is that everything the conductor Sir Simon Rattle touches "turns to gold". Everything with the exception of the music dramas of Richard Wagner, that is! The oft-repeated assertion here is that Rattle and Wagner do not go together, even though no good reasons have been furnished to support this. The third collaboration between Rattle and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, together with a team of the very best Wagner singers, now conclusively proves the opposite. This concert performance of "Das Rheingold", the first opera in Wagner's mighty tetralogy "The Ring of the Nibelung", was performed live in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz on April 24 and 25, 2015, and has now been brought out by BR KLASSIK on two CDs only a few months after the event.

No question about it: Rattle is a master of the Rheingold score, which is certainly a tricky one due to its closely interwoven ensemble of soloists and to the fact that the orchestra does not accompany events and flow round them in a lofty manner, as in other Wagnerian music dramas, but is also sometimes quite openly rebellious! Rattle has already impressively proven his expertise at handling the music of Wagner on two occasions: in 2004 in London, together with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and in 2006 in Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic. The fact that he is more inclined to conduct this "evil conversation piece, almost a black comedy" (as Robert Braunmüller described "Das Rheingold" in the Munich "Abendzeitung") with light and sometimes even dance-like inflections, and that he has the orchestra play with a great deal of colour and detail, shakes a little of the supercilious Wagnerian dust from this work, without in any way compromising the glittering brilliance of the musical sound. The soloists – all of them very good without exception - blend in completely with Rattle's fine interpretation, which is very much in the spirit of the drama.

Audiences and critics alike were unanimously delighted by the Munich concert performances. Even more than in the small Herkulessaal, which already enabled more intimate insights into the structures of the score and of the aesthetic created by Rattle, this listening experience on CD makes it clear "just how radically the avant-garde artist Richard Wagner composed in every single bar" (Reinhard J. Brembeck, "Sueddeutsche Zeitung").

“His conducting is fast, as Wagner preferred and intensely dynamic but he avoids Boulez's glibness, illuminating the drama of the moment in a mercurial, almost Solti-like fashion...he seems to have encouraged his singers to act - with a vengeance...for sheer dramatic dash and glowing orchestral sound this is remarkable, promising an exciting Ring to come.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2016 *****

GGramophone Awards 2016

Shortlisted - Opera

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2015

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Great Wagner Voices

Great Wagner Voices


Wagner:

Dich, teure Halle (from Tannhauser)

Ingrid Bjoner (soprano)

Arnold Quennet

Allmächt’ge Jungfrau! (from Tannhäuser)

Elisabeth Grümmer (soprano)

Kurt Eichhorn

Einsam in trüben Tagen (from Lohengrin)

Martina Arroyo (soprano)

Hans Gierster

In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)

Rudolf Schock (tenor)

Horst Stein

Johohoe! Traft ihr das Schiff im Meere an 'Senta's Ballad' (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Anja Silja (soprano)

Fritz Rieger

Mögst du, mein Kind (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Gottlob Frick (bass)

Siegfried Köhler

Leb wohl...Loge, hör! 'Wotan's Farewell & Magic Fire Music' (from Die Walküre)

Theo Adam (bass-baritone)

Kurt Eichhorn

Hier sitz ich zur Wacht (from Götterdämmerung)

Josef Greindl (bass)

Hans Gierster

Was duftet doch der Flieder (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)

Franz Crass (bass)

Kurt Eichhorn

Wahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn! (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)

Franz Crass (bass)

Kurt Eichhorn

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)

Catarina Ligendza (soprano)

Kurt Eichhorn


To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth, GREAT WAGNER VOICES brings together ten extremely diverse Wagnerian soloists in a collection of great Wagner arias. The recordings from the years 1963 to 1971 were drawn from the archives of Bavarian Broadcasting.

“The ‘Great Singers Live’ series from BR Klassik...has been nothing short of remarkable...This latest release offers some stunning singing and remains one of the most enthralling discs I have heard for some time.” MusicWeb International, 2nd August 2013

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Michael Volle – A Portrait

Michael Volle – A Portrait


Handel:

Messiah: Thus saith the Lord

Te Deum in D major 'Dettingen', HWV283: Vouchsafe, O Lord

Lehár:

Da geh' ich zu Maxim (from Die Lustige Witwe)

Millöcker:

Dunkelrote Rosen (from Gasparone)

Mozart:

Deh! vieni alla finestra (from Don Giovanni)

Fin ch'han dal vino (from Don Giovanni)

Tutto e disposto...Aprite un po' quegl'occhi (from Le Nozze di Figaro)

Schubert:

An Sylvia, D891

Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, second version, D583 (Schiller)

Erlkönig, D328

Verdi:

Confutatis (from Requiem)

O Carlo, ascolta (from Don Carlo)

É sogno, o realta? (from Falstaff)

Ehi! Paggio! ... L'onore! Ladri! (from Falstaff)

Wagner:

Wie Todesahnung...O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)

Nein, Lasst ihn unenthüllt (Parsifal)

Wahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn! (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)


BR-Klassik presents the first portrait CD of baritone Michael Volle. Volle is a long-standing member of Bavarian State Opera choral ensemble.

This disc includes works from the Messiah, Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro. Volle also commemorates Wagner and Verdi’s 200th Anniversary by singing arias from Parsifal, Tannhäuser, Don Carlos and Falstaff.

Previous recordings include, St John’s Passion (Harmonia Mundi); Ariadne Auf Naxos (Art Haus) and Zemlinksy: 21st Century Classics (EMI Classics).

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Strauss - Wagner - Mahler

Strauss - Wagner - Mahler


Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Strauss, R:

Hymne Op. 34 No. 2

Der Abend Op. 34 No. 1

Männerchöre (3), AV123

Wagner:

Three songs to 'Tristan and Isolde'

Arr. Clytus Gottwald


On this new CD the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Peter Dijkstra presents itself a cappella in works by Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and Richard Wagner.

Magnificent tone paintings like “Isoldes Liebestod” (“Isolde’s Love-Death”) and the “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen” (“Songs of a Wayfarer”) radiate a new unprecedented glory in transcriptions for 16-part chorus by Clytus Gottwald. Thanks to its special tonal homogeneity and stylistic versatility, this ensemble enjoys the highest regard throughout the world. Dutch conductor Peter Dijkstra – the artistic director of the ensemble since 2005 – is the shooting star on the choral scene and has presented the ensemble together with both BR orchestras in a number of versatile programs.

- Purely Chorus! The BR-Chor presents itself a cappella

- Warm, crystal-clear choral sound

- “Classics” from the late romantic era in unusual transcriptions

- Recent recordings from 2009 and 2011

“Formidably assured singing.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2012 ****

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