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In 2015, Sony Classical reissued Die Walküre and Siegfried from the first digital recording of the Ring. “It has stood the test of time remarkably well”, observed ClassicsToday.com when the complete set, originally released in 1983, was last reissued. “The Staatskapelle Dresden plays spotlessly for Marek Janowski …
An excellent ‘Ring’ experience.” Now the remaining two music dramas from this acclaimed cycle are again available separately. Gramophone in 1997 praised the “marvellously clean, spacious digital recording” and “Janowski’s fast, lyrical, wholly cogent reading [which] has the Dresden Staatskapelle playing with the utmost beauty from start to finish – try the start of Act 3 of Götterdämmerung – and with lean power when that’s called for …
Voices and players are in an ideal relationship, which is not say that such [orchestral] passages as the Rhine Journey and Funeral March want anything in visceral excitement …
Matti Salminen is a commanding, often subtle Hagen …
The smaller parts, especially Rhinemaidens led by Lucia Popp, are well taken …
Götterdämmerung composed between 1869-1874, is Richard Wagner’s grand finale of the Ring Cycle. The four operas in the series include Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold), Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), Siegfried and Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods).
A culmination of the dramatic and musical ideas set forth in the previous three works of the Ring is also a complete and monumental theatrical journey of its own with the saga’s complex ideas finding their full expression.
This epic drama ends in acts of betrayal, murder, vengeance and finally, the destruction of the world told in a complex plot.
Götterdämmerung presents a unique challenge for the lead tenor and soprano, performing a cathartic 15-minute narrative by Brünnhilde that is among the longest and most powerful unbroken vocal solos in the operatic repertory.
The Met’s production of Götterdämmerung in its 2018–19 season featured minimal otherworldly landscapes with digital imagery to achieve a modern interpretation of the composer’s masterpiece.
It received its premiere at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on August 17,1876 as part of the first complete performance of the Ring Cycle.
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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