Der Ring des Nibelungen (13 CD Box Set) - Bayreuth Festival

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Der Ring des Nibelungen (13 CD Box Set) - Bayreuth Festival

Richard Wagner's Ring has been performed in the highly reduced version by Wieland Wagner at the eight Beyreuth festivals since the re-opening of the theatre in 1951.

Although his version- still sparing in comparison with todays staging concepts- depended on its use of lighting and special effects, he took the opportunity to bring in a complete musical overhaul: direction of the production was given to the 48-year-old conductor Rudolf Kempe.

While a younger generation was taking over on the conductors rostrum at the new Bayreuth, a new generation of singers was also finding its feet in the great Ring roles.

In the new production, tenor Gerhard Stolze was able to build on his finely acted, declamatory portrayal of Mime that he had taken on in 1957. Regine Crespin, who had successfully taken the role of Kundry in Parsifal in Bayreuth since 1958 and only appeared in the Ring that one year, imbued the role of Sieglinde with the touching emotionality of her highly dramatic soprano voice, and gave a persuasive reading, with the young Fritz Uhl playing her loving brother.

Orchestra: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Conductor: Rudolf Kempe
Composer: Richard Wagner
Audio CD (November 11, 2016)
Number of Discs: 13

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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