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CHAN 3038
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Opera - The Valkyrie

Wagner: The Valkyrie

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2000

Originally recorded in 1999

Artists:

English National Opera Orchestra


Reginald Goodall


Clifford Grant

bass - Hunding

Norman Bailey

bass-baritone - Wotan

Ann Howard

mezzo-soprano - Fricka

Rita Hunter

soprano - Brünnhilde

Margaret Curphey

soprano - Sieglinde

Alberto Remedios

tenor - Siegmund

English National Opera Chorus



Venue:

London Coliseum



Producer:

John Mordler



Engineer:

Stuart Eltham



Record Label
Opera In English

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Opera in English

Total Time - 249:03
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Opera - The Valkyrie

The Reginald Goodall Ring Cycle
   
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RICHARD WAGNER

(1813-1883)
   
 

The Valkyrie

249:14  
  First Day of the Festival Play The Ring of the Nibelung  
  Music drama in three acts  
  Poem by Richard Wagner  
  English translation by Andrew Porter  
   
  Act I  
1 Prelude 4:20
   
  Scene 1  
2 'The storm drove me here' 5:36
  Siegmund, Sieglinde  
3 'This house and this wife' 4:11
  Sieglinde, Siegmund  
4 'Evil fortune's never far from me' 4:17
  Siegmund, Sieglinde  
   
  Scene 2  
5 'There he lay, feeble and faint' 3:03
  Sieglinde, Hunding, Siegmund  
6 'Through field and forest' 2:02
  Siegmund, Hunding, Sieglinde  
7 'Friedmund no one could call me' 3:35
  Siegmund, Hunding, Sieglinde  
8 'The Neidings raided again' 3:01
  Siegmund  
9 'So the Norn who dealt you this fate' 4:50
  Hunding, Sieglinde, Siegmund  
10 'I know a troublesome race' 6:13
  Hunding  
   
  Scene 3  
11 'A sword was pledged by my father' 6:41
  Siegmund  
12 'Are you awake?' 1:12
  Sieglinde, Siegmund  
13 'My husband's kinsmen' 4:48
  Sieglinde  
14 'Yes, loveliest bride' 1:37
  Siegmund, Sieglinde  
15 'Winter storms have vanished' (Siegmund's Spring Song) 3:41
  Siegmund  
16 'You are the Spring' 2:19
  Sieglinde  
17 'Oh sweetest enchantment' 3:21
  Siegmund, Sieglinde  
18 'The stream has shown my reflected face' 4:05
  Sieglinde, Siegmund  
19 'Siegmund call me, and Siegmund am I' 1:33
  Siegmund  
20 'Siegmund, the Wälsung, here you see!' 2:36
  Siegmund, Sieglinde  
   
  Act II  
  Scene 1  
21 'Go bridle your horse, warrior maid!' 2:58
  Wotan  
22 'Hoyotoho! Hoyotoho!' (Brünnhilde's Battle Cry) 2:33
  Brünnhilde  
23 'The usual storm, the usual strife!' 2:02
  Wotan, Fricka  
24 'Pretend that you don't understand!' 1:37
  Fricka, Wotan  
25 'Now it's come to pass!' 1:00
  Wotan  
26 'So this is the end of the gods and their glory' 3:36
  Fricka  
27 'You never learn what I would teach you' 6:00
  Wotan, Fricka  
28 'What must I do?' 2:21
  Wotan, Fricka  
29 'Hiaha! Hiaha! Hoyotoho!' 3:45
  Brünnhilde, Fricka, Wotan  
   
  Scene 2  
30 'Fricka has won the fight' 5:27
  Brünnhilde, Wotan  
31 'When youth's delightful pleasures had waned' 2:33
  Wotan  
32 'She refused to reveal more about it' 2:45
  Wotan, Brünnhilde  
33 'There's more to tell' 2:25
  Wotan  
34 'Yet one can accomplish what I may not' 2:30
  Wotan  
35 'But the Wählsung, Siegmund' 1:18
  Brünnhilde, Wotan  
36 'Then Siegmund must fall in his fight?' 3:56
  Brünnhilde, Wotan  
37 'I give you my blessing, Nibelung son!' 1:38
  Wotan, Brünnhilde  
38 'No, have mercy' 3:43
  Brünnhilde, Wotan  
39 'So I obey his command' 4:24
  Brünnhilde  
   
  Scene 3  
40 'Rest here for a while, stay by my side!' 3:05
  Siegmund, Sieglinde  
41 Away! Away!' 4:46
  Sieglinde, Siegmund  
42 'Where are you, Siegmund?' 5:22
  Sieglinde, Siegmund  
   
  Scene 4  
43 'Siegmund! Look at me!' (Announcement of Death) 3:19
  Brünnhilde, Siegmund  
44 'And if I come' 4:34
  Siegmund, Brünnhilde  
45 'Then greet for me Walhall' 3:51
  Siegmund, Brünnhilde  
46 'Woe! Woe! Sister and bride' 4:42
  Siegmund, Brünnhilde  
47 'Two lives now lie in your power' 2:37
  Siegmund, Brünnhilde  
   
  Scene 5  
48 'Charms of sleep are sent to still' 3:12
  Siegmund  
49 'I hear your call' 2:09
  Siegmund, Sieglinde  
50 'Wehwalt! Wehwalt!' 5:55
  Hunding, Siegmund, Sieglinde, Brünnhilde, Wotan  
   
  Act III  
  Scene 1  
51 'Hoyotoho! Hoyotoho!' (Ride of the Valkyries) 9:00
  Gerhilde, Helmwige, Waltraute, Schwerleite, Ortlinde, Siegrune, Grimgerde, Rossweisse  
52 'Shield me and help' 1:25
  Brünnhilde, The Eight Valkyries  
53 'Hear while I tell you' 2:38
  Brünnhilde, The Eight Valkyries  
54 'Pray suffer no sorrow for me' 3:59
  Sieglinde, Brünnhilde, The Eight Valkyries  
55 'Fly him swiftly, away to the east!' 1:24
  Brünnhilde  
56 'O radiant wonder!' (Parting Salute) 0:49
  Sieglinde  
57 'Stay, Brünnhild!' 1:07
  Wotan, The Eight Valkyries, Brünnhilde  
   
  Scene 2  
58 'Where is Brünnhild?' 1:39
  Wotan, The Eight Valkyries  
59 'Weak-spirited, womanish brood!' 2:59
  Wotan  
60 'Here I am, father' 2:47
  Brünnhilde, Wotan  
61 'No more will you ride from Walhall' 3:05
  Wotan, The Eight Valkyries, Brünnhilde  
62 'Did you not hear what I decreed?' 4:56
  Wotan, The Eight Valkyries  
   
  Scene 3  
63 'Was it so shameful?' 3:51
  Brünnhilde, Wotan  
64 'I know so little' 4:00
  Brünnhilde, Wotan  
65 'You, who this live into my heart revealed' 4:06
  Brünnhilde, Wotan  
66 'You indulged your love' 0:54
  Wotan  
67 'Unworthy of you this foolish maid' 3:14
  Brünnhilde, Wotan  
68 'You fathered a glorious race' 2:50
  Brünnhilde, Wotan  
69 'In long, deep sleep' 3:05
  Wotan, Brünnhilde  
70 'Farewell, my valiant, glorious child!' (Wotan's Farewell) 5:00
  Wotan  
71 'These eyes so warm and so bright' 7:48
  Wotan  
72 'Loge, hear! Come at my call!' 1:26
  Wotan  
73 Magic Fire Music 3:57
  Wotan  
   
 Alberto Remedios tenor - Siegmund
 Clifford Grant bass - Hunding
 Norman Bailey bass-baritone - Wotan
 Margaret Curphey soprano - Sieglinde
 Rita Hunter soprano - Brünnhilde
 Ann Howard mezzo-soprano - Fricka
 Reginald Goodall
  18. 20 and 23 December 1975  
   
The powerful English tenor Alberto Remedios heads the cast in this long-awaited re-issue of Wagner’s The Valkyrie.

Alberto Remedios is well supported by great names in opera including Norman Bailey, Rita Hunter, Clifford Grant and Sarah Walker.

Sung in English.

Recorded live in 1975 at the London Coliseum, this famous English National Opera production has been digitally remastered using 24-bit technology to bring you excellent sound quality

It is available for a special price.



Wagner conceived the idea of a musical drama on the subject of the Nibelung myth in 1848, at around the time he completed the last of his traditional operas, Lohengrin. The Nibelung’s Ring can be enjoyed on many levels: as a fairy story, political allegory or philosophical tract, for instance. In essence it deals with the timeless struggle between good and evil, and the contrast between the love of power and the power of love.

Wagner worked on the words and the music for several years, starting with a résumé of the story in prose, before embarking on the text. By December 1857 he had abandoned the Ring and didn’t resume composition until 1869, by which time he had written both Tristan and Die Meistersinger. During this period his compositional style was changing, something he worked through with Tristan

Wagner composed the music of The Valkyrie between November 1854 and March 1856 and it is probably the most popular of the Ring Operas. Wagner was determined that the Ring should be performed in its own theatre under festival conditions. It received its first performance – against the composer’s will – at the court theatre under the patronage of the Bavarian King Ludwig II.

In 1871 Wagner settled on the provincial town of Bayreuth to build a new theatre in which his complete Ring could be performed as he wished. In 1874 he completed Twilight of the Gods, and The Nibelung’s Ring was given for the first time in August 1876. By 1889 productions had been seen all over the operatic world.



‘The Ring Cycle that Reginald Goodall conducted from 1969 onwards … remains one of the company’s greatest achievements.’
(The Guardian on CHAN 3038(4) (The Valkyrie)

‘This Ring has always been recognised by those who knew it as a monumental achievement, and its reissue on Chandos’s ‘Opera in English’ series is an opportunity for another generation of music-lovers to encounter it. This is Wagner conducting of true significance, the kind that the phonograph record was meant to preserve for posterity.’
Fanfare

‘…one is transfixed by the quality of the singing… and above all by the orchestral playing and by the grandeur and insight of Sir Reginald’s conducting.’
The Sunday Telegraph on CHAN 3045(4) (Siegfried)

‘This very fine Wagner recording returns to the catalogue – a highly persuasive account in its considered approach. The singing, in an effective English translation is excellent.’
Gramophone on CHAN 3038(4) (The Valkyrie)

This is the only available Die Walküre in English, but that doesn’t mean it’s a cheap substitute: it has more sense of real characters and poignant emotions than most of its rivals, and an electric theatricality that few studio recordings can match’.
Classic FM Magazine



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