Das Rheingold (3 CD)

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Das Rheingold (3 CD)
Box Set
Audio CD (June 1, 2018)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Box set
Label: Hallé

The latest in their highly regarded Wagner opera series, Halle presents the live recording of their acclaimed Bridgewater Hall performance.

Das Rheingold stands as the Varabent or Preliminary Evening of Wagners epic Der Ring des Nibelungen, designed to be free of the traditional operatic concepts of aria and operatic chorus, and presented as the more epic Buhenfestspiel or stage festival play, with the linking of dramatic elements through the use of musical motifs.

The album was recorded at the Bridgewater Hall, capturing all the drama of the acclaimed live performance. The release was produced by Halles award-winning engineer Steve Portnoi. The Halle were the stars, responsive to every nuance of Elders direction. (The Times on Halles performance of Das Rheingold) Elders interpretation combined lyricism with drama in a way that only the greatest Wagner conductors can realize. (Opera Magazine on Halles performance of Das Rheingold)
 

History

Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen

Conceived and written over a period of more than 25 years, Wagner’s Ring cycle is an epic musical journey of four operas: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung. Its story of gods, dwarves, and men and the quest for an all-powerful ring was inspired by many sources, including 13th-century Icelandic writings and the medieval German Nibelungenlied. The complete cycle was first seen at the inaugural Bayreuth Festival in 1876. The Met’s landmark production, directed by Robert Lepage, premiered over the course of the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons. The DVD release of its Live in HD presentation won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.

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