Wagner: The Ring - Symphonic Excerpts (CD)

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Wagner: The Ring - Symphonic Excerpts (CD)

Artist: Nina Stemme
Orchestra: Orchestre de l`Opera National de Paris
Conductor: Philippe Jordan
Composer: Wagner
Audio CD (October 14, 2013)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Import
Label: Erato Disques

In June 2013 the Paris Opéra, under its music director Philippe Jordan, marked Wagner`s bicentenary with Der Ring des Nibelungen.

It was the first time in more than 60 years that the company had performed the complete cycle under festival conditions. This program of excerpts from the Ring, with Jordan conducting the Orchestra of the Paris Opera, is rounded off with Brunnhilde`s Immolation Scene, sung by today`s leading Wagnerian dramatic soprano, Nina Stemme.

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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