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Opera - Released September 24, 2013 | PentaTone

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The penultimate music drama in Der Ring des Nibelungen, Siegfried is also the next-to-last release in Marek Janowski’s series of Richard Wagner’s mature operas for PentaTone. Continuing the Ring with the same high standards of musicianship and production exhibited earlier in Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, Janowski delivers an exciting and highly detailed account in this live unstaged performance with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Stephen Gould gives a commanding performance as the hero Siegfried, and his strong singing is reminiscent at times of the great heldentenors in this role. Joined by Christian Elsner as Mime, Violeta Urmana as Brünnhilde, Tomasz Konieczny as the Wanderer, and Matti Salminen as Fafner, the cast is solid and cohesive, and their parts are clearly audible, thanks to careful microphone placement. But the real star of this and Janowski’s other Wagner recordings is the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, whose amazing clarity make this a Siegfried for admirers of Wagner’s brilliant orchestral writing. Audiophiles will be thoroughly impressed with the fidelity of the sound on these hybrid multichannel SACDs, and while this rendition has serious competition from the great performances of the past, it’s unbeatable for its close-up presence, vibrant colors, and wide dynamic range. Highly recommended. © TiVo
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Opera - Released November 19, 2013 | PentaTone

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PentaTone's 2013 release of Richard Wagner's Götterdämmerung concludes Marek Janowski's extraordinary concert recordings of the ten mature operas, and with it, this audiophile series ends on a high note. As in the previous sets, the playing of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra is exemplary, and Janowski lets the musicians shine even brighter in this final Ring opera. Some Wagner enthusiasts will listen to this SACD presentation mainly for the wonderful richness and sonic depth of the orchestra, and they'd be well within their rights, because the ensemble's sound and the multichannel recording are superb in every measure. But the singing shouldn't be overlooked. Despite a number of critics who have lamented the unevenness of the casts in this series, the vocals in Götterdämmerung are generally quite strong, with outstanding performances from Petra Lang as Brünnhilde and Matti Salminen as Hagen. The only disappointment is an underwhelming Siegfried, sung variably by Lance Ryan. Still, considering that this recording was assembled from the best parts of ten performances, the production is quite even throughout, and it has the clean details, transparent acoustics, and consistent levels of a studio recording, always a plus in a live Wagner recording. © TiVo
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Opera - Released June 7, 2019 | Halle Concerts Society

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Opera - Released September 9, 2014 | Avie Records

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The Seattle Opera's 2013 production of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen was presented during the international celebrations of the composer's bicentennial year and recorded live, making it the company's first audio recording of the tetralogy since 1975. The sumptuous traditional staging and compelling performances received critical raves, and the 2014 release of the recording on Avie earned its own round of glowing reviews. Seattle Opera has been mounting productions of the Ring in its core repertoire since 1973, staking a claim on the operas that is unmatched by other opera houses in the United States, and it has presented an alternative to the controversial avant-garde productions at Bayreuth. Leading the cast are Greer Grimsley as Wotan, Stefan Vinke as Siegfried, Alwyn Mellor as Brünnhilde, Richard Paul Fink as Alberich, and Stephanie Blythe as Fricka, all offering some of the strongest Wagnerian singing heard since the 1980s. The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Asher Fisch, provides rich sonorities and vibrant tone colors, so fans of Wagner's brilliant orchestral writing will hear many passages with new ears. Avie's reproduction is remarkable in its clarity and depth, and despite the festival conditions, the sound is quite clean and relatively free of extraneous noises. Issued as a 14-CD box set with complete libretti and color photographs, as well as a digital download, and as online streaming, this release gives Wagner fans options that are usually unavailable for other Ring recordings. © TiVo
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Classical - Released May 14, 2012 | Halle Concerts Society

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Opera - Released June 2, 2017 | Halle Concerts Society

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Recorded in 2013 at the BBC Proms in celebration of Richard Wagner's bicentennial year, this semi-staged concert performance of Parsifal with the Hallé Orchestra is part of Sir Mark Elder's series of the music dramas, intermittently issued since 2010, which includes Götterdämmerung and Die Walküre, along with projected releases of Das Rheingold and Lohengrin. The stateliness of Wagner's music and the slow pace of the drama give Parsifal some resemblance to a liturgical ceremony, and the frequent use of the Dresden Amen as a leitmotif reminds us that this work is indeed a "Festival Play for the Consecration of a Stage," composed for the dedication of Wagner's Festspielhaus at Bayreuth. Taking rather slow tempos, Elder captures the reverent, mystical mood that is required in Parsifal, and the cast delivers a compelling performance that works well on disc. Sir John Tomlinson is a stalwart Gurnemanz, who carries the opening with clear narration, while Katarina Dalayman is powerful as Kundry, Detlef Roth is a sympathetic Amfortas, and a light-voiced Lars Cleveman conveys the naïve but passionate Grail knight. Listeners will likely savor this recording for the committed playing and sumptuous sound of the Hallé, which is well suited to Wagner's rich score and the vibrant acoustics of the Royal Albert Hall. © TiVo
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Classical - Released June 27, 2020 | UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Classical - Released July 18, 2020 | UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Opera - Released August 8, 2006 | Opera d'Oro

This live recording of Tristan und Isolde, from the 1974 Bayreuth Festival, conducted by Carlos Kleiber, is notable for its energy and impetuosity, and its occasionally astonishing speed. Moments that in many performances can sound ponderously momentous here have a fleet recklessness that seems far more appropriate both musically and dramatically. The ending of the Prelude, taken much faster than usual, is a thrilling analog for the heedless passion that's soon to overtake the protagonists. Kleiber holds the singers and orchestra together for his wild ride, and for all his rhythmic flexibility and unpredictability, his reading has a sense of naturalistic inevitability. While this is not a dream cast (the very possibility of assembling such a thing for a performance or recording of Tristan is probably a chimaera), all the soloists are fully convincing dramatically, even if they are not vocally the most memorable singers ever to take on these roles. Catarina Ligendza is an appealingly young-sounding Isolde, and she also has the power to negotiate the role's huge demands. Helge Brilioth's heroic Tristan is sung with strength and fervor. Largely due to Kleiber's vision and his ability to carry his performers along with him, this revelatory performance of Tristan should be of interest to anyone who loves the opera. © TiVo
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Opera - Released January 1, 2002 | Urania

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Classical - Released October 21, 2015 | EXTON

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Opera - Released January 27, 2014 | Regis Records

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Classical - Released September 12, 2020 | UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Classical - Released November 8, 2019 | Il Loggione Records

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Classical - Released September 26, 2017 | Paradise Classical

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Classical - Released July 29, 2015 | EXTON

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Classical - Released October 10, 2020 | UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Opera - Released August 24, 2010 | Opus Arte

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Opera - Released August 11, 2009 | Urania