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Joseph Keilberth - Wagner - Götterdämmerung (2006)

30-09-2016, 20:29
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: Wagner - Götterdämmerung
Year Of Release: 2006
Label: Testament
Genre: Opera
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)
Total Time: 04:16:17
Total Size: 1,49 Gb


CD 1:
01. Vorspiel
02. Welch' Licht leuchtet dort?
03. Dammert der Tag?
04. Dawn/Tagesgrauen/Lever du jour
05. Zu neuen Taten, teurer Helde
06. Mehr gabst du, Wunderfrau
07. O heilige Gotter
08. Siegfried's Rhine Journey
09. Nun hor, Hagen
10. En Weib weiss ich
11. Vom Rhein her tont das Horn
12. Wer ist Gibichs Sohn?
13. Bergrusse froh, o Held!
14. Vergass' ich alles

CD 2:
01. Gunther, wie heisst deine Schwester?
02. Bluhenden Lebens
03. Was nahmst du am Eide nicht teil?
04. Hier sitz' ich zur Wacht
05. Altgewohntes Gerausch
06. Hore mit Sinn, was ich dir sage!
07. Welch banger Traume Maren
08. Blitzend Gewolk
09. Brunnhild'! Ein Freier kam
10. Jetzt bist du mein

CD 3:
01. Vorspiel
02. Schlafst du, Hagen, mein Sohn?
03. Hoiho, Hagen!
04. Hoiho! Hoihohoho!
05. Rustet euch wohl
06. Gross Gluck und Heil
07. Heil dir, Gunther!
08. Brunnhild', die hehrste Frau
09. Gegrusst sei, teurer Held
10. Einen Ring sah ich an deiner Hand
11. Betrug! Betrug!
12. Helle Wehr! Heilige Waffe!
13. Glaub', mehr zurnt es mich als dich
14. Welches Unholds List
15. Vertraue mir, betrogne Frau!
16. Auf, Gunther, edler Gibichung!
17. So soll es sein!

CD 4:
01. Vorspiel
02. Frau Sonne sendet lichte Strahlen
03. Ein Albe fuhrte mich irr
04. Siegfried !
05. Ein goldner Ring ragt dir am Finger!
06. Behalt ihn, Held
07. Weialala leia
08. Hoiho!
09. Trink, Gunther, trink!
10. Mime hiess ein murrischer Zwerg
11. In Leid zu dem Wipfel
12. Was hor' ich?
13. Brunnhilde, heilige Braut!
14. Funeral March
15. War das sein Horn?
16. Hoiho! Hoiho!
17. Siegfried - Siegfried ershlagen!
18. Schweight eures Jammers jauchzenden Schwall
19. Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort
20. Wie Sonne lauter strahlt mir sein Licht
21. O ihr, der Eide ewige Huter!
22. Mein Erbe nun nehm’ ich zu eigen
23. Fliegt heim, ihr Raben!
24. Grane, mein Ross, sei mir gegrusst!

Wolfgang Windgassen
Astrid Varnay
Hermann Uhde
Josef Greindl
Gustav Neidlinger
Gré Brouwenstijn
Maria von Ilosvay
Georgine von Milinkovič
Mina Bolotine
Jutta Vulpius
Elisabeth Schärtel
Maria Graf
Chor and Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Joseph Keilberth

With this Götterdämmerung, English historical label Testamentconcluded its releases of the long un-issued first stereo recording of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen from the 1955 Bayreuth Festival performance. Shelved by Decca when it opted to record the work in the studio with Solti and the Vienna Philharmonic, the release of the first stereo Ring was eagerly anticipated by older listeners who wanted to rediscover the glory that was the '50s Bayreuth Festival and by younger listeners who wanted to know why the '50s Bayreuth Festivals were considered glorious. What will the dispassionate listener actually hear in the 1955 Bayreuth Götterdämmerung? Respectable but uninspired conducting, more than decent but less than brilliant sound, and unbelievably great singing. Joseph Keilberth was an interesting conductor in selected works of Reger and Bruckner, but his Wagner proves merely efficient without the dramatic fire of Clemens Krauss' 1953 Bayreuth Ring or the epic flow of Hans Knappertsbusch's 1956 Bayreuth Ring. Nor with the functional string and wind sections, the sometimes painfully out-of-tune brass section, and the strong but not particularly subtle tone does the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra do Keilberth any favors. Nor, unfortunately, is the live stereo sound especially impressive. True, it's grand to hear such an apparently accurate aural representation of the inside of the theater Wagner built for the Ring, but not only are there unseemly amounts audience and stage noise, but the quality of the sound itself is often too dim and distant to have real impact. By far the best thing about the performance is the principals. Astrid Varnay, with a voice powerful enough to smash atoms, is utterly compelling as Brünnhilde. Nearly as good is Wolfgang Windgassen as Siegfried. Not always the most nuanced singer, Windgassen sings here like a man possessed, even matching Varnay's passion in the opening duet. With the magnificently malevolent Gustav Neidlinger as Alberich, the aggressively malicious Josef Greindl as Hagen, Hermann Uhde as a very sympathetic Gunther, Maria von Ilosvay as a deeply pathetic Gutrune, and the very beguiling Jutta Vulpius, Elisabeth Schärtel, and Maria Graf as the Rhinemaidens, the cast at least recalls the glory that was Bayreuth in the '50s.

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