Wagner: Die Walküre

Hallé: CDHLD7531

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Wagner: Die Walküre

Awards:

BBC Music Magazine

Opera Choice - August 2012

Label:

Hallé

Catalogue No:

CDHLD7531

Discs:

4

Release date:

14th May 2012

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5065001341373

Length:

4 hours 7 minutes

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Wagner: Die Walküre


Stig Andersen (Siegmund), Yvonne Howard (Sieglinde), Clive Bayley (Hunding), Egils Silins (Wotan), Susan Bullock (Brünnhilde), Susan Bickley (Fricka), Miranda Keys (Gerhilde), Elaine McKrill (Ortlinde), Sarah Castle (Waltraute), Linda Finnie (Schwertleite), Katherine Broderick (Helmwige), Alison Kettlewell (Siegrune), Ceri Williams (Grimgerde), Leah Marian Jones (Roßweiße)

Hallé, Sir Mark Elder

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This is the latest release in Elder and Halle’s stunning Ring cycle and was recorded live at sell out Bridgewater Hall concerts which formed highlights of the 2011 Manchester International Festival. The performances received stunning reviews, including:

"The Hallé excelled in supporting the human voice, lifting the vernal lovesong of Siegmund and Sieglinde in a light lilt … The cast was outstanding."

Hilary Finch - Monday 18 July 2011 - The Times

"[The Hallé’s] Wagner is simply beautiful, and if that burnished lyricism was more glamorous than dangerous in Act I of Die Walküre, the duet with Siegmund (Stig Andersen) and Sieglinde (Yvonne Howard) had a tenderness beyond renegade intoxication. Elder is a skilful accompanist, metering the blend to suit the timbres of his cast … [he] conducted as though in love with a score that was in love with love itself."

Anna Picard - Sunday 24 July 2011- The Independent on Sunday

The recording features soloists of the highest calibre, perfectly cast by Elder who displays his opera credentials and achieves performances which are both moving and dramatic. The recordings were made from live performances, as part of the Manchester International Festival, in the Bridgewater Hall Manchester in July 2011.

Richard Wagner: Die Walküre

Act I: Prelude

Act I, Scene I, "Was Herd dies auch sei" (Siegmund)

Act I, Scene I, "Kühlende Labung gab mir der Quell!" (Siegmund)

Act I, Scene I, "Einen Unseligen labtest du" (Siegmund)

Act I, Scene II, "Müd am Herd fand ich den Mann" (Sieglinde)

Act I, Scene II, "Friedmund darf ich nicht heissen" (Siegmund)

Act I, Scene II, "Wunder und wilde Märe" (Hunding)

Act I, Scene II, "Die so leidig Los dir beschied" (Hunding)

Act I, Scene II, "Ich weiss ein wildes Geschlecht" (Hunding)

Act I, Scene III, "Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater" (Siegmund)

Act I, Scene III, "Schläfst du, Gast?" (Sieglinde)

Act I, Scene III, "Dich selige Frau" (Siegmund)

Act I, Scene III, "Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond" (Siegmund)

Act I, Scene III, "Du bist der Lenz" (Sieglinde)

Act I, Scene III, "O süsseste Wonne!" (Siegmund)

Act I, Scene III, "Wehwalt heisst du fürwahr?" (Sieglinde)

Act I, Scene III, "Siegmund heiss’ ich" (Siegmund)

Act II, Scene I, Prelude

Act II, Scene I, "Nun zäume dein Ross" (Wotan)

Act II, Scene I, "Der alte Sturm, die alte Müh’!" (Wotan)

Act II, Scene I, "Heut’ hast du ‘s erlebt!" (Wotan)

Act II, Scene I, "Nichts lerntest du" (Wotan)

Act II, Scene I, "Was verlangst du?" (Wotan)

Act II, Scene I, "Deiner ew’gen Gattin" (Fricka)

Act II, Scene II, "Schlimm, fürcht’ ich" (Brünnhilde)

Act II, Scene II, "Als junger Liebe Lust mir verblich" (Wotan)

Act II, Scene II, "Ein andres ist’s: achte es wohl" (Wotan)

Act II, Scene II, "So nimmst du von Siegmund den Sieg?" (Brünnhilde)

Act II, Scene II, "O sag’, künde! was soll nun dein Kind?" (Brünnhilde)

Act II, Scene II, "So sah ich Siegvater nie" (Brünnhilde)

Act II, Scene III, "Raste nun hier, gönne die Ruh’!" (Siegmund)

Act II, Scene III, "Hinweg! Hinweg! Flieh’ die Entweihte!" (Sieglinde)

Act II, Scene III, "Wo bist du, Siegmund?" (Sieglinde)

Act II, Scene IV, "Siegmund! Sieh auf mich!" (Brünnhilde)

Act II, Scene IV, "Der dir nun folgt, wohin führst du den Helden?" (Siegmund)

Act II, Scene IV, "Du sahest der Walküre sehrenden Blick" (Brünnhilde)

Act II, Scene IV, "Weh! Weh! Süssestes Weib!" (Siegmund)

Act II, Scene IV, "So jung und schön erschimmerst du mir" (Siegmund)

Act II, Scene V, "Zauberfest bezähmt ein Schlaf" (Siegmund)

Act II, Scene V, "Der dort mich ruft" (Siegmund)

Act II, Scene V, "Wehwalt! Wehwalt!" (Hunding)

Act II, Scene V, "Geh’hin, Knecht! Knie vor Fricka" (Wotan)

Act III, Scene I, Prelude, "Hojotoho! Hojotoho!" (Gerhilde)

Act III, Scene I, "Schützt mich und helft in höchster Not!" (Brünnhilde)

Act III, Scene I, "Nicht sehre dich Sorge um mich" (Sieglinde)

Act III, Scene I, "So fliehe denn eilig und fliehe allein!" (Brünnhilde)

Act III, Scene II, "Wo ist Brünnhild’, wo die Verbrecherin?" (Wotan)

Act III, Scene II, "Hier bin ich, Vater: gebiete die Strafe!" (Brünnhilde)

Act III, Scene II, "Halt’ ein, o Vater!" (The Valkyries)

Act III, Scene III, Prelude

Act III, Scene III, "War es so schmählich, was ich verbrach (Brünnhilde)

Act III, Scene III, "Nicht weise bin ich" (Brünnhilde)

Act III, Scene III, "So tatest du, was so gern zu tun ich begehrt" (Wotan)

Act III, Scene III, "Wohl taugte dir nicht die tör’ge Maid" (Brünnhilde)

Act III, Scene III, "Du folgtest selig der Liebe Macht" (Wotan)

Act III, Scene III, "Du zeugest ein edles Geschlecht" (Brünnhilde)

Act III, Scene III, "In festen Schlaf verschliess’ ich dich" (Wotan)

Act III, Scene III, "Leb’ wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind!" (Wotan)

Act III, Scene III, "Der Augen leuchtendes Paar" (Wotan)

Act III, Scene III, "Loge, hör’! Lausche hieher!" (Wotan)

Act III, Scene III, "Wer meines Speeres Spitze fürchtet" (Wotan)

The Observer

27th May 2012

“the orchestral playing is richly nuanced, never hurried, alert in detail. Stig Andersen and Yvonne Howard express blazing urgency as Siegmund and Sieglinde, with Clive Bayley a masterful, brutal Hunding. Egils Silins's Wotan is tender and anguished in his farewell to Brünnhilde. Loge's fire music burns with slow intensity, no mere sparkler but an all-consuming furnace.”

The Times

26th May 2012

****

“a magnificent achievement, thrillingly played and gloriously sung...Elder takes his time, perhaps too much time, over Wagner’s more sumptuous passages, especially in Act II; yet the sense of drama never flags.”

The Telegraph

14th June 2012

****

“hugely impressive...Elder’s conducting emphasises the score’s romantic grandeur through the cultivation of a rich, deep orchestral sound and firm, even stately tempos which build tension over the long arcs of each act...At a bargain price, this is something that can be recommended to every true Wagner fan.”

BBC Music Magazine

August 2012

*****

“Elder is the driving force, with an approach that's powerfully measured and beautifully detailed, nowhere more so than in Act 1. His cast is also excellent...[Howard's] nervy, vulnerable Sieglinde is beautifully sung...Bullock's initially girlish, bright-toned Brunnhilde acquires heroic stature so swiftly that one ignores her minor moments of strain...This special recording knocks spots off anything we've had from the continent in recent years.”

International Record Review

September 2012

“Elder conducts with tensile strength and a really impressive sense of dramatic and musical architecture, drawing playing of thrilling immediacy and detail...[Andersen's] dramatic involvement, the pure unforced gleam of his tone and his fine sense of line all help to make this a powerful musical experience...Silins can (and does) sing with great tenderness and expressiveness...Elder's Halle Wagner is some of the best around at the moment.”

MusicWeb International

June 2012

“The performance is very much an interpretation, with Mark Elder imprinting his musical personality on every phrase...There are no huge names in the cast, which ironically helps to maintain consistent quality between the singers. Every one of them is equal to Wagner's challenges...here's hoping that the resources and opportunities will be found for a Rheingold and Siegfried in the same series. Should they materialise, this could become one of the great Ring cycles of our times.”

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