Wagner: Das Rheingold (2-CD) – Matthias Goerne, Michelle DeYoung

Price: $26.00 / $18.20 Members: $16.38

In-Stock

Item: 10063082

Description

Wagner: Das Rheingold (2-CD) – Matthias Goerne, Michelle DeYoung

Composer: Richard Wagner
Artists: Matthieas Goerne, Michelle DeYoung, Kim Begley, Oleksandr Pushniak, Charles Reid, Anna Samuil, Deborah Humble, Peter Sidhom, David Cangelosi, Kwangchul Youn, Stephen Milling, Eri Nakamura, Aurhelia Varak, Hermine Haselböck, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Jaap van Zweden
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Naxos
CD Release Date: September 29, 2015

First performed as a cycle of four operas in 1876, Wagner’s visionary Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) is one of history’s greatest works of art. Centred around a ring which offers its bearer ultimate power and the attempts of various people to acquire it, the Ring cycle explores the relationship between love and earthly power and the themes of yearning and loss, all within a setting of medieval legend. The prologue, Das Rheingold, depicts the theft and subsequent surrender of the ring forged from the Rhinemaidens’ gold by the Nibelung dwarf Alberich.

With a superb international cast, including Matthias Goerne as Wotan and Michelle DeYoung as Fricka, Das Rheingold marks the thrilling start of a four year journey for Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic to perform and record Wagner’s epic Ring cycle.

 



Read More

History

Das Rheingold

Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold), composed between 1851-1854, is Richard Wagner’s initial installment of the Ring Cycle. It is the first of four operas in the series followed by Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), Siegfried and Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods).

Conceived by Wagner as a prologue to his monumental Der Ring des Nibelungen, Das Rheingold sets forth the dramatic and theoretical issues that play out in the three subsequent music dramas. Thrilling musical and dramatic coups punctuate the confrontations and dialogue. The entire work has a magnificent sweep, containing some of the most striking music in its composer’s vast output.

Set in an unspecified era before history, where the actions of human beings do not yet affect the universal order of things, the story takes place in a mythological world below and above the earth– the depths of the Rhine, the mountaintops and the caves.

Wagner’s epic opera depicts the original sin of theft, the sacred golden treasure, the vanity of the gods, the greed of the Nibelungen, the fratricide of the giants and the building of Valhalla.

The Met’s production of Das Rheingold in its 2018–19 season featured minimal otherworldly landscapes with digital imagery to achieve a modern interpretation of the composer’s masterpiece.

It was performed, as a single opera, at the National Theatre Munich on September 22, 1869, and received its first performance as part of the Ring Cycle at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus on August 13, 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.    

 

 

starstarstarstarstar Write the first review

No reviews have been written for this product.
Be the first one!  – Write a Review


(0) CART 212.501.3482
One Week Only - Up to 50% Off All Jewelry and All Scarves One Week Only - Up to 50% Off All Jewelry and All Scarves

Stay in the Loop

Don't miss out on new arrivals, exclusive sales, special events, and more.

close (X)