Wagner: Die Walküre (The Valkyrie)

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Wagner: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre


Susan Owen (Brunnhilde), Bodo Brinkmann (Wotan), Jayne Casselman (Sieglinde), Christian Franz (Siegmund), Hans Georg Moser (Hunding), Wilja Ernst-Mosuraitis (Fricka), Marisa Altmann-Althausen (Waltraute), Gundula Schneider (Siegrune), Joke Kramer (Grimgerde), Petra Schmidt (Ortlinde), Lona Culmer-Schellbach (Helmwige), Inga Fischer (Gerhilde), Jeannette Schafer (Rossweise), Elisabeth Hau-Villebois (Schwertleite)

Kassel State Theatre Orchestra, Roberto Paternostro

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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’.

Sound format: 24-bit, 96 kHz PCM

“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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Wagner: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre


John Keyes (Siegmund), Nadine Secunde (Sieglinde), John Bröcheler (Wotan), Jeannine Altmeyer (Brünnhilde), Kurt Rydl (Hunding), Reinhild Runkel (Fricka), Irmgard Vilsmaier (Gerhilde), Annegeer Stumphius (Ortlinde), Kirsi Tiihonen (Helmwige), Hanna Schaer (Waltraute), Margit Neubauer (Siegrune), Regina Mauel (Grimgerde), Elzbieta Ardam (Rossweise), Hebe Dijkstra (Schwertleite)

De Nederlandse Opera & Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Hartmut Haenchen (conductor) & Pierre Audi (stage director)

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Wagner: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre


Jonas Kaufmann (Siegmund), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Hans-Peter König (Hunding), Deborah Voigt (Brünnhilde), Bryn Terfel (Wotan), Stephanie Blythe (Fricka), Kelly Cae Hogan (Gerhilde), Molly Fillmore (Helmwige), Wendy Bryn Harmer (Ortlinde), Eve Gigliotti, Mary Ann McCormick (Grimgerde), Lindsay Ammann (Rossweisse) Marjorie Elinor Dix (Waltraute), Mary Phillips (Schwertleite)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James Levine

Production by Robert Lepage

“Terfel is twice the Wotan he seemed at Covent Garden, displaying commanding tone and rough-hewn sensitivity. Deborah Voigt's Brunnhilde is attractively lyrical...Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek are superb Volsungs, in need of livelier direction.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2013 ****

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Wagner: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre

Recorded live from the Bayreuth Festival, 2010


Johan Botha (Siegmund), Kwangchul Youn (Hunding), Albert Dohmen (Wotan), Edith Haller (Sieglinde), Linda Watson (Brünnhilde), Mihoko Fujimura (Fricka), Sonja Mühleck (Gerhilde), Anna Gabler (Ortlinde), Martina Dike (Waltraute), Simone Schröder (Schwertleite), Miriam Gordon-Stewart (Helmwige), Wilke te Brummelstroete (Siegrune), Annette Küttenbaum (Grimgerde) & Alexandra Petersamer (Rossweisse)

Bayreuther Festspiele Chorus & Bayreuther Festspiele, Christian Thielemann (conductor) & Tankred Dorst (director)

Christian Thielemann, “by common consent the leading Wagner conductor of our time” (Die Presse), returns to Bayreuth for this radiant account of Die Walküre filmed at the 2010 Festival. Appearing on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time, it provides the only audio-visual document of Tankred Dorst’s Ring production, and follows the hugely successful release of the whole cycle on CD. Two new singers join the cast: Johan Botha as Siegmund, who was showered with praise by the press (“ideal vocal casting” in the words of the critic on the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) and Edith Haller, with her “beautiful, strong soprano voice” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) as his sister and lover Sieglinde.

Extra features:

The making of Die Walküre

Cast Gallery

Running time 258 mins

Region Code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Menu languages EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES

“[Botha] cuts an ungainly figure but sings Siegmund just about perfectly; there's power to spare, he sings off the text, his soft singing is appropriate and touching. Haller has a warm sound and uses legato like a bel cantist; the occasional high note may fly sharp but she's exciting and committed...Thielemann and the Bayreuth Orchestra create a ravishing wall of sound and not a moment is less that aurally stunning: one listens, agape.” International Record Review, April 2011

“[Botha] is outstanding throughout as Siegmund...Dorst's production, and this filming of it, are at their best in the latter stages of Act 3 and the result is a powerful and affecting account of one of The Ring's greatest episodes...there's nothing obscure or understated about Thielemann's galvanising presence in the pit and seeing its effect on his singers in Act 3 makes these DVDs even more recommendable than the original CDs.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2011

“The sets, reflecting the blue-grey and orange hues of the Festspielhaus foyer, create some striking stage pictures...Botha as Siegmund is ungainly, yet gives this dark character unusual innocence and a voice both clarion and lyrical...Edith Haller's creamy-voiced Sieglinde is even more heartfelt...Albert Dohmen's voice isn't large, but delivery and acting make him a powerful Wotan.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2011 ****

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Wagner: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre

Live Recording from The Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar 2008


Erin Caves (Siegmund), Kirsten Blanck (Sieglinde), Hidekazu Tsumaya (Hunding), Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde), Renatus Mészár (Wotan), Christine Hansmann (Fricka), Susann Günther-Dissmeier (Gerhilde), Joana Caspar (Ortlinde), Marie-Helen Joël (Waltraute), Nadine Weissmann (Schwertleite), Silona Michel (Helmwige), Carola Guber (Siegrune), Kerstin Quandt (Grimgerde) & Christiane Bassek (Rossweisse)

Staatskapelle Weimar, Carl St. Clair (conductor) & Michael Schulz (director)

Set Design by Dirk Becker & Costume Design by Renée Listerdal.

“The free man must be his own maker” Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung refl ects the composer’s autobiography as much as the political turmoil of his times. As work progressed, another fi gure grew to be as important as the hero Siegfried, the god Wotan, the mouthpiece for Wagner’s ideas. “He’s exactly like us: he is the sum of today’s intellectual consciousness, whereas Siegfried is what we hope the human being of the future will be, but who cannot be fashioned by us, and who must make himself by means of our destruction!” Our own doom as the basis of a happier future? Wagner dressed this Herculean task musically in the spreading, shimmering web of his leitmotivic working (there are approximately 20 distinct motives in Die Walküre). Dramaturgically, the conversational style of Das Rheingold gives way to the tone of bourgeois tragedy: incestuous passion, more than one form of deep-seated marital antagonism, and a lot of talk, a lot of self-justifi cation in the form of recapitulation. This, the First Day of the tetralogy (Das Rheingold being a “preliminary evening”), was without doubt the “most moving, the most tragic” of all Wagner’s works in the view of his wife Cosima, expressed in her diary on 31 August 1873. The text of Die Walküre was fi nished on 1 July 1852, and the score was completed in late March 1856. With the fi nancial help of his ever-generous friend (and future father-in-law) Franz Liszt, Wagner went to rest from his labours on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Running Time: 237 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1

Menu Languages NTSC: GB
Subtitle Languages NTSC: D, F, GB, I, SP

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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: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre

Directed for Stage by Christoph Nel

Stage and Costumes by Karl Kneidl


Recorded live at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, 29 September 2002 & 2 January 2003

“Schlömer concentrates wholly on characterisation and deft movement; magic effects are cleverly, unliterally reinvented. Again, this feels true to the work's Greek dramatic heritage - melodramatic actions, as it were, is wholly banished. The cast have clearly rehearsed carefully together; there are no "star" turns, and all are well within their roles vocally. Zagrosek's cool, carefully pulsed conducting suits this score well, and the filming feels better rehearsed than some of the later cycle.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2007

“All in all, the new Stuttgart Rheingold was a clear winner.” Opera

“There can be nothing but praise for Angela Denoke’s debut as Sieglinde, she seems to have taken up Rysanek’s mantle.” Opera News

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen


Das Rheingold

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Wotan), Zoltán Kelemen (Alberich), Josephine Veasey (Fricka), Gerhard Stolze (Loge), Erwin Wohlfahrt (Mime), Martti Talvela (Fasolt), Karl Ridderbusch (Fafner), Donald Grobe (Froh), Simone Mangelsdorff (Freia), Helen Donath (Woglinde), Edda Moser (Wellgunde), Anna Reynolds (Flosshilde)

Die Walküre

Régine Crespin (Brünnhilde), Thomas Stewart (Wotan), Gundula Janowitz (Sieglinde), Jon Vickers (Siegmund), Martti Talvela (Hunding), Josephine Veasey (Fricka), Danica Mastilovic (Helmwige), Carlotta Ordassy (Ortlinde), Liselotte Rebmann (Gerhilde), Ingrid Steger (Waltraute), Barbro Ericson (Siegrune), Helga Jenckel (Rossweisse), Cvetka Ahlin (Grimgerde), Lilo Brockhaus (Schwertleite)

Siegfried

Jess Thomas (Siegfried), Thomas Stewart (Der Wanderer), Gerhard Stolze (Mime), Helga Dernesch (Brünnhilde), Karl Ridderbusch (Fafner), Oralia Dominguez (Erda), Catherine Gayer (Waldvogel)

Götterdämmerung

Helga Dernesch (Brünnhilde), Helge Brilioth (Siegfried), Karl Ridderbusch (Hagen), Zoltán Kelemen (Alberich), Thomas Stewart (Gunther), Gundula Janowitz (Gutrune), Christa Ludwig (Waltraute), Liselotte Rebmann (Woglinde), Edda Moser (Wellgunde), Anna Reynolds (Flosshilde), Lili Chookasian (First Norn), Christa Ludwig (Second Norn), Catarina Ligendza (Third Norn)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

The entire Karajan Ring in lossless 24-bit / 96kHz HD Audio on one Blu-ray Audio disc. The new remastering was done by the Emil Berliner Studios in 2016.

Deluxe 400-page hardback book edition in a slipcase, with original cover art

Complete German libretti, full English translations + detailed repertoire notes from the original releases and notes on the recording sessions.

Rare artist photos from the recording sessions and from the rehearsals for the live Salzburg productions.

50 years since Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker stepped inside Jesus-Christus-Kirche in Berlin to record Wagner’s masterpiece, Deutsche Grammophon proudly presents the entire Ring on one single High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray disc with an extensive hardback book containing the full libretti in original German with English translations.

According to Karajan’s own account, it was during the summer of 1965, while he was working on Boris Godunov, that he had a vision of the future: “I suddenly sensed a burning desire to stage and conduct Wagner in Salzburg.” His dream – very much in the spirit of Wagner himself: “My baton shall teach future ages which road they have to take.”

Karajan’s Wagner was concerned with beauty, lyricism and structure, and for his monumental Ring cycle he assembled a world-class cast of singers who possessed instrumental tone and were able to deliver a vivid and clear declamation of the text; and his Berliner Philharmoniker were more than capable of rising to the occasion.

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Wagner: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre


Jon Vickers (Siegmund), Gundula Janowitz (Sieglinde), Martti Talvela (Hunding), Régine Crespin (Brünhilde), Thomas Stewart (Wotan), Josephine Veasey (Fricka), Liselotte Rebmann (Gerhilde), Carlotta Ordassy (Ortlinde), Ingrid Steger (Waltraute), Lilo Brockhaus (Schwertleite), Danica Mastilovic (Helmwige), Barbro Ericson (Siegrune), Cvetka Ahlin (Grimgerde), Helga Jenckel (Roßweiße)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

DG - 4796359

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