Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (14-CD BOX SET) – Jaap van Zweden

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (14-CD BOX SET) – Jaap van Zweden

Composer: Richard Wagner
Artists: Matthias Goerne, Simon O'Neill, Michelle DeYoung, Stuart Skelton, David Cangelosi, Heidi Melton, Eric Halfverson, Gun-Brit Barkmin, Shenyang, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Jaap van Zweden
Number of Discs: 14
Label: Naxos
CD Release Date: November 9, 2018

Wagner’s visionary Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) was first performed as a cycle of four operas in 1876. Its mythic plot examines the relationship between love and earthly power through the agency of a ring which confers ultimate power on its bearer. One of the most sustained and remarkable achievements in all of music, the tetralogy is performed by an all-star cast, conducted by the new music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden, in performances that have been critically acclaimed worldwide for their “thrilling sense of drama” (The Sunday Times).



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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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