Orchestral Music from Der Ring des Nibelungen (CD)
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Wagner: Orchestral Music from Der Ring des Nibelungen (CD)
Artist(s): Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
Audio CD (March 9, 2018)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: NAXOS RECORDS
The essential meaning of Wagners magnum opus Der Ring des Nibelungen is wrapped up in the composers own lifetime pursuit of transcendent romance, with the redemption of eternal love one of the primary tenets of this and his other music dramas.
Wagner's gift for orchestral color and scenic characterization make his operas highly suited to the genre of the tone poem, and these seven tableaus evoke major scenarios in the saga, as well as providing a sense of the course and spirit of the greatest operatic drama ever written.
JoAnn Falletta serves as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony, and is the principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center of North Carolina. She has guest conducted over a hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa.
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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