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Zweden: Wagner – Götterdämmerung (24/96 FLAC)

Zweden: Wagner - Götterdämmerung (24/96 FLAC)
Zweden: Wagner – Götterdämmerung (24/96 FLAC)


Composer: Richard Wagner
Performer: Gun-Brit Barkmin, Daniel Brenna, Eric Halfvarson, Shenyang, Amanda Majeski, Peter Kálmán, Michelle DeYoung, Sarah Castle, Stephanie Houtzeel, Jenufa Gleich
Orchestra: Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Jaap van Zweden
Number of DIscs: 4
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Naxos
Catalogue: 8660428-31
Release: 2018
Size: 4.52 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: cover

CD 01
01. Prologue: Vorspiel
02. Prologue: Welch Licht leuchtet dort?
03. Prologue: Orchesterzwischenspiel “Tagesgrauen”
04. Prologue: Zu neuen Taten, teurer Helde
05. Prologue: Mehr gabst du, Wunderfrau
06. Prologue: Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt
07. Act I: Nun hör’, Hagen, sage mir, Held
08. Act I: Was weckst du Zweifel und Zwist?
09. Act I: Vom Rhein her tönt das Horn

CD 02
10. Act I: Wer ist Gibichs Sohn?
11. Act I: Begrüsse froh, o Held
12. Act I: Willkommen, Gast, in Gibichs Haus!
13. Act I: Hast du, Gunther, ein Weib?
14. Act I: Blut-Brüderschaft schwöre ein Eid!
15. Act I: Hier sitz’ ich zur Wacht, wahre den Hof
16. Act I: Orchesterzwischenspiel
17. Act I: Altgewohntes Geräusch
18. Act I: Seit er von dir geschieden
19. Act I: Da sann ich nach. von seiner Seite
20. Act I: Blitzend Gewölk
21. Act I: Jetzt bist du mein

CD 03
22. Act II: Vorspiel
23. Act II: Schläfst du, Hagen, mein Sohn?
24. Act II: Orchesterzwischenspiel
25. Act II: Hoiho, Hagen! Müder Mann!
26. Act II: Hoiho! Hoihohoho!
27. Act II: Heil dir, Gunther!
28. Act II: Brünnhild’, die hehrste Frau
29. Act II: Was ist ihr? Ist sie entrückt?
30. Act II: Achtest du so der eignen Ehre?
31. Act II: Helle Wehr! Heilige Waffe!
32. Act II: Welches Unholds List liegt hier verhohlen?
33. Act II: Dir hilft kein Hirn

CD 04
34. Act III: Vorspiel
35. Act III: Frau Sonne sendet lichte Strahlen
36. Act III: Ich höre sein Horn
37. Act III: Was leid’ ich doch das karge Lob?
38. Act III: Hoiho? – Hoihe!
39. Act III: Mime hiess ein mürrischer Zwerg
40. Act III: Was hör’ ich!
41. Act III: Brünnhilde! Heilige Braut!
42. Act III: Siegfrieds Trauermarsch
43. Act III: War das sein Horn?
44. Act III: Schweigt eures Jammers
45. Act III: Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort
46. Act III: Mein Erbe nun nehm’ ich zu eigen
47. Act III: Fliegt heim, ihr Raben!
48. Act III: Schluss

Götterdämmerung brings to a conclusion the Naxos Ring Cycle conducted by Jaap van Zweden with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. As with the other releases in this edition, it will appear both on standard CD and Blu-ray formats. Previous releases in this cycle have been received with great critical acclaim. “The quality of the orchestral playing is remarkable… The cast is uniformly strong, and the audio quality is superb.” ( on Das Rheingold): “Van Zweden seems to respond more naturally to this richer, more passionate score, better suited to his sweeping approach. Drawing airy, luminescent textures from the Hong Kong players, he drives the drama excitingly…” (BBC Music Magazine on Die Walküre). Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods) is the epic fourth and final opera of Wagner’s great Ring cycle, with a plot that depicts the fall of heroes, gods, and the entire world. Containing all of the Ring’s essential elements, Götterdämmerung possesses a profoundly satisfying sense of inevitability that makes it both a towering climax and a unified summation of the Ring’s abundant variety.

The Tetralogy in China: even Wagner himself would never have dreamt it, even in his wildest dreams of world conquest armed with his “Gesamtkunstwerk”. But Hong Kong Philharmonic finished recording the Götterdämmerung in January 2018, led by their musical director Jaap van Zweden. It is the product of four years of public performances and live recordings, a fine recipe for preserving the vivaciousness and continuity of the work. And if Wagner had had such a high-quality orchestra at his disposal, maybe he would have had the Bayreuth festival set up on the bank of the Pearl River in order to see real justice done for his masterpiece… The record itself brings in some of the most experienced voices of the time. The “touchstone versions” have some stiff competition in the form of this new complete edition. The Hong Kong Philharmonic may lack some of the sometimes-weighty “traditions” of some other outfits, but they play this music as if it had just been written…

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