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Image The Best of Wagner
Where do you start with your selection for 'the best' from that Wagnerian treasure-chest? Well we have taken the easy way out and started with the overtures to four of his most famous operas, opening with Mastersingers of Nuremberg, one of the most frequently performed concert-hall overtures.

We have the heartbreak of the Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde in its orchestral arrangement. Isolde laments the death of Tristan, the only thing in life left for her, in one of opera's most tear-jerking moments. And if that is not enough, get out the handkerchiefs for Siegfried's Death and Funeral Music. The body of the great hero is born back to the castle to meet the grieving Br_nnhilde. The timpani roar out their defiance as the March grows to a climax, one of the shattering moments in music.

Add to that the ever popular Ride of the Valkyries and the grand Entry of the Gods into Valhalla (from Das Rheingold), and you have 68 minutes of Wagner's finest orchestral moments.

The extracts come from previous releases on Naxos, with such top names as the conductor from the Vienna State Opera, Michael Halasz, and the fine young opera conductor, Johannes Wildner.


69 kr
Image Dame Gwyneth Jones sings Wagner
Chandos proves it can record a voice as well as an orchestra alone - state of the art Gramophone

Her famous Gotterdammerung finale... is thrilling.
CD Review

89 kr
Image Rhenguldet
Solister: John Bröcheler, Henk Smit, Graham Clark, Reinhild Runkel, Chris Merritt, Jürgen Freier.

Residentie Orchestra/Hartmut Haenchen.

...Pierre Audi’s Ring really shines... (Wagner Society, NL)

...Amsterdam’s new Ring has begun very promisingly: the crucial architecture is already in place... (The Independent)



399 kr
Image Die Fliegender Holländer
Chorus of The Netherlands Opera
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra / Harmut Haenchen
Director Martin Kušej

Austrian director Martin Kušej's pioneering vision brings a challenging and provoking insight to Wagner's opera of love and redemption, with his singular ability to connect characters and their actions to the score. Martin Zehetsgruber's spacious, multi-layered sets define the settings through which Dalland (Robert Lloyd), Senta (Catherine Naglestad), The Dutchman (Juha Uusitalo) and the chorus move to great effect fulfilling the fine conducting of Hartmut Haenchen, who elicits from the orchestra an unmatchable performance of detail and clarity.


299 kr
Image 14CD-BOX - Der Ring des Nibelungen
4 AV 5 MÖJLIGA I BETYG I DAGENS NYHETER

"Den nya utgåvan av Richard Wagners ­"Nibelungens ring" överträffar de flesta moderna inspelningar. Och det beror på dirigenten Christian Thielemann."
(Dagens Nyheter)


Wagner's epic four-opera cycle is a work of extraordinary scale - a full performance takes place over four nights with a total playing time of approximately 15 hours. Based loosely on characters from the Norse sagas, it is a work that follows the struggles of gods, heroes, mythical creatures, and the eponymous magical Ring that grants dominion over the entire world. The music is richly textured, and grows in complexity as the cycle proceeds - Wagner wrote for an orchestra of gargantuan proportions, including a greatly enlarged brass section with new instruments invented especially for the work. The Bayreuth Festspielhaus was contructed for this work to be performed in, with a specially designed stage that allows singers voices to blend with the huge orchestra without straining - essential for such long performances. Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival in 2008, this production stars a host of international stars including Michelle Breedt, Albert Dohmen, Stephen Gould, Hans-Peter Konig, Linda Watson & Eva-Maria Westbroek. Christian Thielemann, one of the most sought-after conductors in the world, takes the baton with the Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra. This 14-disc CD box set marks the first ever Opus Arte CD release, and the start of an exciting new direction for the company.

1.249 kr
Image Der Ring des Nibelungen, highlights
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Zubin Mehta

100 minutes of the most stunning visual and musical highlights of this production by La Fura dels Baus.

Incl. two new documentaries about Franc Aleu and Carlus Padrissa.

The highlights incl. arias of the world-class Wagner singers such as Seiffert, Salminen, Kapellmann, Mayer, Schnitzer and promising young talents like Jennifer Wilson (Brünnhilde), John Daszak (Loge) and Juha Uusitalo (Wotan)

"Quite a spectacle, brilliantly sung." The Sunday Times

"It looks like a landmark Ring cycle, it is outstanding." BBC Music Magazine


199 kr
Image 4CD-BOX: Die Walküre
Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival in 2008, this is the second part of Wagner's epic Ring Cycle. Christian Thielemann, one of the most sought-after conductors in the world, takes the baton with the Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra.

" ... there is no doubt that this year's Ring at Bayreuth belongs to... Thielemann... [who] creates a musical experience epic in its scale and inexorable in its apocalyptic, shattering power."
(The Guardian)

399 kr
Image Die Walküre
Recorded live from the Bayreuth Festival, 2010

Johan Botha (Siegmund), Kwangchul Youn (Hunding), Albert Dohmen (Wotan), Edith Haller (Sieglinde), Linda Watson (Brünnhilde), Mihoko Fujimura (Fricka), Sonja Mühleck (Gerhilde), Anna Gabler (Ortlinde), Martina Dike (Waltraute), Simone Schröder (Schwertleite), Miriam Gordon-Stewart (Helmwige), Wilke te Brummelstroete (Siegrune), Annette Küttenbaum (Grimgerde) & Alexandra Petersamer (Rossweisse)

Bayreuther Festspiele Chorus & Bayreuther Festspiele, Christian Thielemann (conductor) & Tankred Dorst (director)

Christian Thielemann, "by common consent the leading Wagner conductor of our time" (Die Presse), returns to Bayreuth for this radiant account of Die Walküre filmed at the 2010 Festival. Appearing on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time, it provides the only audio-visual document of Tankred Dorst's Ring production, and follows the hugely successful release of the whole cycle on CD. Two new singers join the cast: Johan Botha as Siegmund, who was showered with praise by the press ("ideal vocal casting" in the words of the critic on the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) and Edith Haller, with her "beautiful, strong soprano voice" (Süddeutsche Zeitung) as his sister and lover Sieglinde.


399 kr
Image 3Cd-Box: Die Walküre
In the complete recording of Richard Wagner's "The Valkyrie" from the Royal Opera in Stockholm 1955-56 two phenomena are in focus: Birgit Nilsson's first Brünnhilde, the first but utterly convincing sketch of an imminent world-famous interpretation of the role, and the Stockholm Opera's fabulous Wagner ensemble, already going back several generations. At the same time this new production in April 1955 was the first Valkyrie at the Royal Opera to be sung in German, and the first that was conducted by Sixten Ehrling...

139 kr
Image DVD: Die Walküre
After the success of « Das Rheingold », Stéphane Braunschweig's staging of the second part of the tetralogy « Die Walküre » was a triumph in Aix's brand new Grand Théâtre de Provence. With a remarkable international cast - Sir Willard White, Robert Gambill, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Eva Johansson and Mikhail Petrenko - accompanied by the Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle brought almost unparalleled breadth to the work. In opting for a movingly human approach to the drama unfolding on stage, director Stéphane Braunschweig obtained superb performances from an extraordinary group of singers.


419 kr
Image Blu-Ray: Die Walküre
Robert Gambill (Siegmund), Mikhail Petrenko (Hunding), Sir Willard White (Wotan), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Eva Johansson (Brünnhilde), Lilli Paasikivi (Fricka), Joanna Porackova (Gerhilde), Elaine McKrill (Ortlinde), Julianne Young (Waltraute), Andrea Baker (Schwertleite), Erika Sunnegårdh (Helmwige), Heike Grötzinger (Siegrune), Eva Vogel (Grimgerde) et Anette Bod (Rossweisse).

Berliner Philarmoniker/Simon Rattle

After the success of « Das Rheingold », Stéphane Braunschweig's staging of the second part of the tetralogy « Die Walküre » was a triumph in Aix's brand new Grand Théâtre de Provence. With a remarkable international cast - Sir Willard White, Robert Gambill, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Eva Johansson and Mikhail Petrenko - accompanied by the Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle brought almost unparalleled breadth to the work. In opting for a movingly human approach to the drama unfolding on stage, director Stéphane Braunschweig obtained superb performances from an extraordinary group of singers.


389 kr
Image 4CD-BOX: Die Walküre
Aken, Frank van, tenor
Anger, Ain, bass
Stensvold, Terje, bass-baritone
Westbroek, Eva-Maria, soprano
Bullock, Susan, soprano
Dike, Martina, mezzo-soprano
Ulrich, Anja Fidelia, soprano
Somm, Mona, soprano
Hubeaux, Eve-Maud, mezzo-soprano
Fodor, Bernadett, contralto
Kohl, Christiane, soprano
Wedekind, Lisa, mezzo-soprano
Baumgartner, Tanja Ariane, mezzo-soprano
Bohinec, Monika, mezzo-soprano
Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra
Weigle, Sebastian, Conductor


239 kr (477 kr)
Image Charles Munch conducts Fauré, Franck & Wagner
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Munch, conductor

Access to the publicly broadcast BSO concerts from this era has been extremely difficult even for researchers. This series of DVDs will make these performances available for the first time since they were broadcast. Munch launched the BSO into television in 1955. He was an immensely popular conductor and well suited to being filmed.

This material represents some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony and Charles Munch, and has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques. It is of exceptional musical interest and historical value.

'Munch handles the Wagner in a masterly, memorable and deeply human manner, with great depth of tone and feeling.' (Richard Dyer). Fauré's Pelléas and Mélisande is quintessentially French, repertoire for which Munch was best known - his recordings of French repertoire remain a permanent standard of reference. The Fauré was performed by Munch and the BSO no fewer than 23 times between 1947 and 1966, and according to the announcer, Bill Pierce, proceeds like 'well-bred discourse'.


239 kr
Image Götterdämmerung
...this is the best small-screen realization of a Ring opera I have seen...
(International Record Review)

Ljudformat: LPCM-stereo, DTS Surround Sound
Bildformat: 16:9

Solister: John Treleaven, Falk Struckmann, Günter von Kannen,
Matti Salminen, Deborah Polaski, Elisabete Matos, Julia Juon, Leandra Overmann, Cristina Obregón, María Rodríguez,
Francisca Beaumont.

Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu/Bertrand de Billy.


449 kr
Image 4CD-BOX: Götterdämmerung
Philharmoniker Hamburg · Simone Young

With the fourth part of the "Ring des Nibelungen", the curtain descended on the central work of Richard Wagner. After "Siegfried" this spring, OehmsClassics is now presenting "Götterdämmerung" from Hamburg in an excellent cast. Simone Young created a sensation with the Hamburg Philharmonic at the premiere; Claus Guth's directing concept was variably received by public and press.

The features of the 4-CD box are of high quality, as with the previous productions from Hamburg: alongside an extensive preface by Udo Bermbach, the booklet also includes the libretto in German and English.


239 kr (477 kr)
Image 4CD-BOX: Götterdämmerung
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Norwegian State Radio Orchestra
Fjeldstad, Oivin, Conductor
Flagstad, Kirsten, soprano

In January 1956 Norwegian Radio broadcast an almost complete performance of Götterdämmerung starring Kirsten Flagstad and Set Svanholm, and conducted by Øivin Fjeldstad. Despite opportunities to re-record the work in Vienna, Flagstad was insistent that this performance be released. Most of the missing sections were then recorded, and the resultant LP was the first (almost complete) commercial recording of the work on disc. Flagstad, the great Wagnerian, is in resplendent voice and Svanholm proves a worthy partner. This elusive set remains a milestone in Wagner performance.

239 kr
Image 4CD-BOX: Götterdämmerung
Frankfurter Opern- und Museumorchestre
Chor der Oper Frankfurt
Sebastian Weigle, conductor

230 kr (459 kr)
Image Götterdämmerung (4 CD)
• Comprising four separate operas, Wagner’s visionary Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) took 25 years to complete. Centred around a ring of 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 fourth opera of the cycle, Götterdämmerung, brings the betrayal and death of the young hero Siegfried and of his beloved Brünnhilde. The ring itself is restored to the Rhinemaidens, and the age of gods and heroes ends, as Valhalla burns.

• Stuttgart State Opera has been voted Opera Theatre of the Year six times by critics in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. “Lothar Zagrosek’s shaping of the score is unerringly vivid.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2004.

239 kr
Image 4CD-BOX: Götterdämmerung
"At the end of a Ring cycle at Bayreuth, it is traditional that first the chorus and then the orchestra fill the stage and are greeted with round after round of applause. Rightly, for they and the marvellous acoustics form Wagner's greatest treasure here. ... With Christian Thielemann conducting this is indeed a triumph." (The Stage)

" ... there is no doubt that this year's Ring at Bayreuth belongs to... Thielemann... [who] creates a musical experience epic in its scale and inexorable in its apocalyptic, shattering power."
(The Guardian)


399 kr
Image Götterdämmerung
Valencian Community Orchestra (Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana)
Zubin Mehta, conductor

La Fura del Baus, staging
Carlus Padrissa, stage director

Recorded live from the Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofia", Valencia, Spain, 2009.

Bonus feature:
- The making of Götterdämmerung

389 kr
Image Lohengrin
Hans Neuenfels's striking new production of Wagner's fairytale opera gives this medieval story of doomed love and sorcery the Bayreuth treatment. As controversial as it is stimulating, this production was the talk of the 2011 Festival, and showcases a new generation of Wagnerian singing talent including soprano Annette Dasch and tenor Klaus Florian Vogt.



399 kr
Image Scenes from Lohengrin and Siegfried
Bland solisterna finns bl a den hyllade dramatiska sopranen Margaret Jane Wray!

Margaret Jane Wray, sopran; John Horton Murray, tenor; Adam Klein, tenor.

Bolshoi Opera Chorus; Russian State Symphony Orchestra / John McGlinn.

På denna CD kan vi höra Akt III / Scen 1 & 2 ur Wagners opera "Lohengrin" och Akt I / Scen 3 ur "Siegfrid". Sopranen Margaret Jane Wray gjorde sin debut på La Scala och hon har hyllats som en briljant dramatisk sopran. Hon är även sjungit på Metropolitan och L’Opéra Bastille. Tenoren John Horton Murray har lovordats för sin tolkning av Don José i Bizets "Carmen" på Metropolitan.

79 kr
Image Wagner Transcriptions, Vol. 4: Meistersinger
Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Neeme Jarvi

Neeme Järvi conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in the fourth album of their Wagner series.

Their performances on the previous three volumes have received high critical acclaim. American Record Guide wrote of Volume 1: 'This is wonderful playing and sound... Järvi knows exactly what to do to make the music speak. The orchestra sounds better than I've ever heard them.'

This disc features a symphonic arrangement by the Dutch composer and percussionist Henk de Vlieger of Wagner's only comic opera, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. It is the only opera by Wagner centred round a specific time and place in history, rather than a mythical or legendary past. The story takes place in Nuremberg during the middle of the sixteenth century, and revolves around the real-life guild of the Master Singers, an association of amateur poets and musicians who developed a craftsman-like approach to music-making.

Wagner left the two early Entreactes tragiques unfinished, the first only partially orchestrated, and they are heard here in orchestrations completed by De Vlieger.

Completing the disc are the seldom performed and recorded Overture to Columbus, and Eine Faust-Ouvertüre by Wagner. Written in 1835, when Wagner was just twenty-two years old, the Weber-influenced Columbus Overture introduces the play by Theodor Apel. His Faust-Overture followed in 1840. Taking its inspiration from Goethe's famous play, this work, together with Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, became the main example of nineteenth-century programme music.


169 kr
Image Mästersångarna i Nürnberg
5 AV 5 MÖJLIGA I BETYG I HALLANDSPOSTEN

Från festspelen i Bayreuth 1951.
Sopransolist - Elisabeth Schwartzkopf.

...Herbert von Karajan...åstadkommer ett såväl klangligt som musikantiskt mirakel med festspelsorkestern...

...Heder åt Naxos för denna återutgivning...
(Sven Andersson, Hallandsposten)

Elisabeth Schwartzkopf, sopran; Hans Hopf, tenor; Otto Edelmann, bas. Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra / Herbert von Karajan.


237 kr
Image Opera Choruses
ENKEL-CD MED DET BÄSTA FRÅN DUBBEL-CDn "OPERAKÖRER" (8.557326)
Inspelning från Kungliga Operan i Stockholm.

...ett vittnesbörd om en levande Wagnerstil i Stockholm... (Dagens Nyheter om 8.557326)

...idealisk inkörsport till Richard Wagners magiska klangvärld... (Hallands Nyheter om 8.557326)

MariAnne Häggander, soprano; Hillevi Martinpelto, soprano; Lars Cleveman, tenor; Magnus Kyhle, tenor; Karl-Magnus Fredriksson, baritone; Gunnar Lundberg, bass

Royal Swedish Opera Chorus; Royal Swedish Orchestra/Leif Segerstam


69 kr
Image Overtures
...the final and highest goal a conductor can attain is to conduct a legato melody...in such a way that it is really received as legato, something living and breathing that really flows... (Wilhelm Furtwängler)

Kirsten Flagstad, sopran
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler


79 kr
Image Scenes from Tristan & Isolde and Gotterdämmerung
Här ingår Akt II scen 1 och 2 ur Wagners Tristan och Isolde samt Akt III scen 3 ur Ragnarök. Medverkar gör bl a den lovordade sopranen Margaret Jane Wray som har jobbat tillsammans med Daniel Barenboim, Maris Janssons, Seiji Ozawa m fl.

Margaret Jane Wray, sopran; Nancy Maultsby, mezzosopran; John Horton Murray, tenor.

Russian State Symphony Orchestra / John McGlinn.


79 kr
Image Orchestral Excerpts, Vol. 1
Seattle Symphony Orchestra / Gerard, Schwarz

This selection of some of Wagner's finest orchestral excerpts opens with the 'storm-swept ballad' of Der fliegende Holländer, the opera which launched his epoch-defining later masterpieces. The entire span of Der Ring des Nibelungen is represented in this programme, from the luminous rainbow bridge which leads the gods to Valhalla in Das Rheingold, the urgent drama of Die Walküre, and the atmospheric repose of the Forest Murmurs in Siegfried, to the tragic depths of Siegfried's Funeral March. This recording has been praised for its 'radiant sensuousness'. (Gramophone) Volumes 2 and 3 in this series are available on 8.572768 and 8.572769.


79 kr
Image Orchestral Excerpts, Vol. 2
Seattle Symphony / Gerard Schwarz

Under the dual influences of Goethe and Berlioz, Wagner wrote A Faust Overture in Paris. Years later, in 1855, he returned to the work, revising it to create an even greater sense of drama and narrative conviction. In the excerpts from his romantic opera Lohengrin we hear the visionary Prelude to Act I and the Act III Prelude, which includes the well-known Wedding March. Elsa's Dream is sung by the internationally acclaimed soprano, Alessandra Marc. The orchestral music from Parsifal contains some of the most transcendent music Wagner ever wrote. Volumes 1 and 3 in this series are available on 8.572767 and 8.572769.


79 kr
Image Orchestral Excerpts, Vol. 3
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Gerard Schwarz, conductor

Themes of love and passion dominate these orchestral excerpts from Wagner's music dramas. The legend of Tannhäuser contrasts the sensual allure of Venus with the ideals of courtly love and religious devotion. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg pits an inspired but rash young singer against the traditions of the old masters in a song competition, with a beautiful girl as the prize. Tristan und Isolde, based on one of the world's great love stories, is considered Wagner's most revolutionary work, seamlessly blending themes of love and death into a shattering apotheosis. Gerard Schwarz's other selections of Wagner excerpts can be found on 8.572767 and 8.572768.


79 kr
Image Opera Overtures & Preludes
Serge Koussevitzky’s tenure of the Boston Symphony lasted from 1924 to 1949, a notable time during the orchestra’s history, owing to adventurous programming and wide-ranging commissions. The recordings on this release, made between 1946 and 1949, are representative of Koussevitzky’s final years with the orchestra and, although the conductor was in his early to mid-seventies, lack nothing for energy. The opening of the Overture to The Flying Dutchman inspires a typically dramatic and intense performance. Intimacy abounds in Siegfried Idyll, a lyrically shaped account with a gentle degree of forward thrust, beguiling strings and characterful woodwind solos. Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture is given a lusty outing but not without light and shade, proof yet again that Koussevitzky’s conducting rarely if ever was without a sense of theatre and effective point-making.


79 kr
Image Orchestral Works, Vol. 5
Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Neeme Järvi

Our series of works by Richard Wagner, performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Neeme Järvi, continues with a disc of early symphonies, later marches, an overture, and a prelude.

Early on in his career, Wagner composed two symphonies, both of which are included on this disc. The Symphony in C, which he wrote when he was just nineteen years old, is heavily influenced by Beethoven in its character, mood, and instrumentation. Written two years later, in 1834, the Symphony in E was left unfinished, Wagner completing only the first movement and thirty bars of the second. The completed version recorded here was prepared by the conductor Felix Mottl more than fifty years later at the request of Wagner's widow, Cosima.

The two marches on this disc are the composer's most obvious contributions to the genre of pomp and circumstance. The Huldigungsmarsch was written in 1864 for King Ludwig II of Bavaria. The march-like rhythms and brassy colours complement sections in which the strings provide a continuously flowing movement, all leading to a jubilant conclusion. The Kaisermarsch (1871) was a commission from the publishing firm Peters, who requested from Wagner a heroic morale booster at a time when the German countries were at war with France. Having initially composed it for military band, Wagner soon rewrote it for symphony orchestra, the version recorded on this disc.

The Overture to Rienzi, Wagner's third completed opera (1838 - 40), incorporates the melody of Rienzi's prayer at the start of Act V, which became the opera's best-known aria, and ends with a dazzling military march. The Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin (1845 - 47) has the energy, fervour, and brassy sounds of the Overture to Der fliegende Holländer, and displays Wagner's lasting fascination with creating drama by symphonic means.



169 kr
Image 4CD-BOX: Parsifal
GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE

4 AV 5 MÖJLIGA I BETYG I GÖTEBORGS-POSTEN

Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus / Valery Gergiev

The Mariinsky label's first recording of an opera by Wagner features an exceptional international cast led by René Pape, Gary Lehman and Violeta Urmana.

The Mariinsky Theatre has a long association with Wagner's music. The composer himself conducted at the Theatre, which in 1863 was the location of the first performance of music from his as yet unstaged Ring Cycle. Over the past decade Valery Gergiev has become a frequent conductor of Wagner's operas, establishing a formidable reputation in the repertoire, although remarkably this is his first recording of the composer's operas.

Wagner described his final complete opera as a 'A Festival Play for the Consecration of the Stage' and the work has always sparked controversy, mixing moral and religious themes with music of irresistible sumptuousness. The opera was inspired by Wolfram von Eschenbach's Arthurian poem Parzifal. Yet despite the story's overt Christian imagery, Wagner also draws on ideas from other beliefs including Buddhism. The 'harmonic experiments' that he adopted for his previous opera Tristan und Isolde are further refined to create music of astonishing beauty that still retains and reflects the deep morality of the tale.


429 kr
Image Das Rheingold
"Any production of this epic work is an an event, and there aren't many of them. This is an excellent version, visually a mixture of realistic and abstract, but mythic and timeless and very moving. Deborah Polaski was a fine Brunnhilde, and she continues in this role. Wotan, with a pony-tail and dark glasses, was nobly performed by Falk Struckmann. In Wotan's "farewell" the affection between father and daughter was most expressively sung and acted.". (Barcelona Business)


349 kr
Image Rheingold
This recording marks a new Frankfurt Ring, produced by Vera Nemirova. After the Rheingold premiere, the Frankfurt Rundschau said "If the Frankfurt Opera can continue to provide this level of interpretation and orchestral and vocal achievement in its Ring, then audiences are really in for an absolutely remarkable treat." The very experienced artist Terje Stensvold plays the role of Wotan.


130 kr (259 kr)
Image Siegfried
...With Siegfried (May 16) and Götterdämmerung (May 23), the Liceu crowned the Ring cycle begun last season with complete success at all levels, beginning with Harry Kupfer’s clever production from Berlin. Bertrand de Billy, in his last performances as music director of the theatre, enjoyed a well-deserved personal triumph: …he found the grandiosity and nobility inherent in Wagner’s music as well as its lyrical qualities, and drew a fine response from the orchestra. Deborah Polaski (Brünnhilde, with a moving Immolation) and Falk Struckmann (Wanderer and also a wonderful Gunther) were the prime assets of the cast, but we should not overlook the vocal endurance of John Treleaven, a lyrical Siegfried, Graham Clark’s hyperactive Mime, or the luxury casting of Matti Salminen as Hagen...
(Opera, recension av ett konsertframträdande)

449 kr
Image Siegfried (4 CD)
• Not since the so-called “100 Year Ring” (Bayreuth, 1976 to 1980) has a performance of Richard Wagner’s monumental cycle created such a sensation as the Stuttgart productions. Each of the four parts was staged under a different team of directors and with a different cast, an unusual approach that had never before been realised on this scale. The four individual productions garnered the praise of national and international critics, who voted the Stuttgart Staatsoper “Opera House of the Year” three times in a row, not least because of this Ring.

• This month is the turn of Siegfried, the third part of his Ring tetralogy, featuring the colossal figure of Jon Fredric West.

• “Lothar Zagrosek once again offers a masterclass in the art of swift but sonorous Wagnerian conducting – reason enough to buy this release” The Independent on the original DVD release DV-OPRDNW: Die Walkure

239 kr
Image 4CD-BOX: Siegfried
Of all Hamburg Ring Cycle premieres, the third waystation, "Siegfried", has received the most applause until now. Audience members were exuberant not only about the singers and orchestra under the direction of Simone Young, but about the production as well. The transparency of the orchestra allowed the singers to really sing, in contrast to many Wagner productions in which they are often in a pure struggle against waves of instrumental force. Director Claus Guth's finely wrought protagonists were brilliantly brought to life on stage by the excellent cast of soloists. This Ring is lucid and transparent, even when only heard in the living room. The singers, who include experienced Wagner singers like Christian Franz, Falk Struckmann and Wolfgang Koch, guarantee first-class musical standards.



230 kr (459 kr)
Image 4CD-BOX: Siegfried
Siegfried: Stephen Gould
Mime: Gerhard Siegel
Der Wanderer: Albert Dohmen
Alberich: Andrew Shore
Fafner: Hans-Peter König
Erda: Christa Mayer
Brünnhilde: Linda Watson
Waldvogel: Robin Johannsen

Bayreuther Festspiele Chorus
Bayreuther Festspiele Orchestra
Conductor: Christian Thielemann
Director: Tankred Dorst

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, in 2008

" ... there is no doubt that this year's Ring at Bayreuth belongs to...Thielemann... [who] creates a musical experience epic in its scale and inexorable in its apocalyptic, shattering power."
(The Guardian)


399 kr
Image 4CD-BOX: Siegfried
Lance Ryan, Peter Marsh, Terje Stensvold, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Magnús Baldvinsson, Meredith Arwady, Susan Bullock, Kateryna Kasper

Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester
Sebastian Weigle, conductor

In late January, the Frankfurt Opera completed its cycle of the "Ring des Nibelungen" with Götterdämmerung. OehmsClassics is proud to now be releasing Siegfried from October 2011; Götterdämmerung will follow in June. Both audience and press were thoroughly impressed by the outstanding musical performance of the orchestra and singers under conductor Sebastian Weigle.

The CD box will have the usual luxurious presentation. This includes extensive texts by the Frankfurt dramatic advisors as well as the complete libretto in German and English.


230 kr (459 kr)
Image Siegfried
Siegfried - Lance Ryan
Brünnhilde - Jennifer Wilson
Wanderer - Juha Uusitalo
Mime - Gerhard Siegel
Alberich - Franz-Joseph Kapellmann
Erda - Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Fafner - Stephen Milling
Woodbird - Olga Peretyatko

Valencian Community Orchestra (Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana)
Zubin Mehta, conductor

La Fura del Baus, staging
Carlus Padrissa, stage director

Recorded live from the Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofia", Valencia, Spain, 2008.

Bonus feature:
- The making of Siegfried


419 kr
Image Symphony, Wesendonck/Ehrling
Döse, Helena

139 kr
Image 11DVD-BOX: Nibelungens Ring
Solister: Deborah Polaski, Matti Salminen, Falk
Struckmann,
John Treleaven, Eric Halfvarson m fl

Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu/Bertrand de Billy


797 kr
Image Der Ring (orchestral highlights)
Richard Wagner inspired in his contemporaries extremes of reaction. For some his music seemed as misguided and repulsive as his anti-Semitism, while others were overwhelmed by the size of his ambition and achievement, to which everything had to be sacrificed. Wagner's career was in many ways thoroughly discreditable. He betrayed friends and patrons, accumulated debts with abandon, and seemed, in pursuit of his aims, an unprincipled opportunist. Nevertheless, whatever his defects of character, he exercised a hypnotic influence over his immediate followers, while his creation of a new form of music-drama, in which the arts were combined, and the magnitude of his conception continue to fascinate. The tetralogy of The Ring, based on a conflation of Teutonic and Scandinavian legends, was originally conceived while Wagner was enjoying his first real success as conductor at the opera in Dresden, where Rienzi, The Flying Dutchman and Tannhaeuser were first performed. In 1848, with revolution in the air, Wagner began work on the poem concerning the death of the hero Siegfried, a text that was to serve as the basis for the fourth opera in the cycle, Götterdämmerung.


69 kr
Image The Wagner Album
Bass-baritone Juha Uusistalo is born to sing Wagner! This début album features the powerful Finnish newcomer with the absolutely best-known arias for male voice from Wagner’s operas. “A titan of a Macbeth, with a huge yet cultivated sound and truck-loads of charisma (he is) set to conquer the opera world,” as the British Financial Times judged on 24 July 2007. Ever since, Juha Uusitalo has given highly acclaimed performances of Wotan in Die Walküre at the Vienna Staatsoper. Under the direction of Franz Welser-Moest, he will perform in the complete Ring cycle performances through 2009. In October 2008, Juha Uusitalo will give his début at the Metropolitan Opera as Jochanaan in Salome by Richard Strauss.


159 kr
Image Tristan & Isolde
Solister: John Treleaven, Deborah Polaski, Erik Halfvarson,
Falk Struckmann, Lioba Braun, Wolfgang Rauch m fl.

Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu/
Bertrand de Billy.


449 kr
Image Tristan und Isolde: An Orchestral Passion
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Neeme Järvi

Neeme Järvi is back conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in the third of four albums featuring Henk de Vlieger's bold arrangements of operas by Wagner. Of the first album (CHSA 5060), Classic FM wrote: 'Dutch composer Henk de Vlieger builds a penetrating symphonic poem that reflects the dramatic depths of The Ring.'

In Volume 3, De Vlieger turns to Wagner's tragic-romantic opera Tristan und Isolde, which is here treated symphonically. The key themes of anticipation, longing, rapture, separation, hope, death, and transfiguration are expressed solely through orchestral forces. A particularly striking feature of the lovers' duet, a movement entitled 'Nachtgesang', is the conspicuous presence of the violin and the clarinet, which pick out the sung parts of the two lovers. The movement ends on an unresolved chord followed by a compelling caesura, which symbolises the painful realisation that it will never be possible for them to fulfil their great love...


169 kr
Image Tristan & Isolde
HÖGSTA BETYG I SYDSVENSKAN

5 AV 6 MÖJLIGA I BETYG I SVENSKA DAGBLADET

4 AV 5 MÖJLIGA I BETYG I HALLANDSPOSTEN

"Vokalt kan man knappast mer begära"...
"Lika sober som själva uppsättningen är dvd-produktionen."
(Opera)

"En uppsättning från Glyndebourne-festivalen med Nina Stemme som Isolde. Magnifikt i ordets alla bemärkelser och en introduktion så god som någon till Wagners värld."
(rootsy.nu)


449 kr
Image DVD: Tristan und Isolde
Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, in 2009.

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival in July & August 2009, this production marks the beginning of an exciting new long-term partnership between the Bayreuth Festival and Opus Arte. The prestigious music festival takes place each year in northern Germany in a theatre that Wagner himself personally supervised the design and construction of. The festival has become a pilgrimage destination for Wagner enthusiasts, who often have to wait up to ten years to obtain a ticket! Katarina Wagner, the great-grand daughter of Richard Wagner, is currently codirector of the festival together with her sister Eva Wagner-Pasquier. Tristan und Isolde was first performed in 1865 and provided inspiration to many composers including Mahler, Strauss, Szymanowski and Berg. It is widely acknowledged as one of the peaks of the operatic repertoire, and has been performed regularly since is premiere. This production, by renowned director Christoph Marthaler, stars leading Wagner exponents Robert Dean Smith and Irene Theorin in the title roles, supported by the Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Peter Schneider.


399 kr
Image Blu-Ray: Tristan und Isolde
Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, in 2009.

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival in July & August 2009, this production marks the beginning of an exciting new long-term partnership between the Bayreuth Festival and Opus Arte. The prestigious music festival takes place each year in northern Germany in a theatre that Wagner himself personally supervised the design and construction of. The festival has become a pilgrimage destination for Wagner enthusiasts, who often have to wait up to ten years to obtain a ticket! Katarina Wagner, the great-grand daughter of Richard Wagner, is currently codirector of the festival together with her sister Eva Wagner-Pasquier. Tristan und Isolde was first performed in 1865 and provided inspiration to many composers including Mahler, Strauss, Szymanowski and Berg. It is widely acknowledged as one of the peaks of the operatic repertoire, and has been performed regularly since is premiere. This production, by renowned director Christoph Marthaler, stars leading Wagner exponents Robert Dean Smith and Irene Theorin in the title roles, supported by the Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Peter Schneider.


399 kr
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