Wagner: Götterdämmerung (4-CD) – Laila Andersson-Palme

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Wagner: Götterdämmerung (4-CD) – Laila Andersson-Palme

Composer: Richard Wagner
Artists: Laila Andersson-Palme, Elliot Palay, Margrethe Danielsen, Eva Johansson, Lars Waage, Aage Haugland, Jörgen Klint, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Jutland Opera Choir
Conductor: Francesco Cristofoli
Number of Discs: 4
Label: Sterling Records
CD Release Date: January 5, 2018

Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) is a cycle of four German-language epic music dramas composed by Richard Wagner. The works are based loosely on characters from the Norse sagas and the Nibelungenlied.

Wagner wrote the libretto and music for the Ring cycle over the course of about twenty-six years, from 1848 to 1874. The four parts that constitute the cycle are, in sequence, Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold), Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), Siegfried, and finally, Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods).

This production of the final segment, featuring the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and the Den Jyske Operas Kor conducted by Francesco Cristofoli, was recorded live on September 6, 1987.
 

History

Götterdämmerung

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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