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CHAN 3045
(multiple CD Set)
Opera - Siegfried

Wagner: Siegfried

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2001

Originally recorded in 2000

Artists:

Sadlers Wells Opera Orchestra


Reginald Goodall


Derek Hammond-Stroud

baritone - Alberich

Clifford Grant

bass - Fafner

Norman Bailey

bass-baritone - Wanderer

Anne Collins

contralto - Erda

Barry Tuckwell

solo horn

Rita Hunter

soprano - Brünnhilde

Academy of London

soprano - Voice of the Woodbird

Gregory Dempsey

tenor - Mime

Alberto Remedios

tenor - Siegfried

Venue:

London Coliseum



Producer:

Robert Kinloch Anderson



Engineer:

Stuart Eltham


Robert Gooch



Record Label
Opera In English

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Opera in English

Total Time - 278:10
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Opera - Siegfried

The Reginald Goodall Ring Cycle
   
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RICHARD WAGNER

(1813-1883)
   
 

Siegfried

278:48  
  Second 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 5:28
   
  Scene 1  
2 'Wearisome labour!' 4:05
  Mime  
3 'Hoiho! Hoiho!' 2:08
  Siegfried, Mime  
4 'Well, there are the pieces' 2:42
  Siegfried, Mime  
5 'A whimpering babe' 1:35
  Mime  
6 'Much you've taught to me, Mime' 9:54
  Siegfried, Mime  
7 'I found once in the wood' 5:58
  Mime, Siegfried  
8 'And now these fragments' 2:00
  Siegfried, Mime  
9 'He storms away!' 1:53
  Mime  
   
  Scene 2  
10 'Hail there, worthy smith!' 4:04
  Wanderer, Mime  
11 'I sit by your hearth' 12:07
  Wanderer, Mime  
12 'What you needed to know' 8:32
  Wanderer, Mime  
13 'The fragments! The sword!' 3:11
  Mime, Wanderer  
   
  Scene 3  
14 'Accursed light!' 1:15
  Mime  
15 'Hey there! You idler!' 4:14
  Siegfried, Mime  
16 'Have you not felt within the woods' 5:46
  Mime, Siegfried  
17 'Give me these pieces' 4:04
  Siegfried, Mime  
18 'Notung! Notung! Sword of my need!' 9:29
  Siegfried, Mime  
19 'Hoho! Hoho! Hohi!' (Forging Song) 7:05
  Siegfried, Mime  
   
  Act II  
20 Prelude 6:07
   
  Scene 1  
21 'In gloomy night by Fafner's cave I wait' 2:46
  Alberich  
22 'To Neidhöhl by night I have come' 7:21
  Wanderer, Alberich  
23 'Not my plan!' 3:00
  Wanderer, Alberich  
24 'Fafner! Fafner! You dragon, wake!' 3:05
  Wanderer, Alberich, Fafner  
25 'Now, Alberich! That plan failed!' 4:38
  Wanderer, Alberich  
   
  Scene 2  
26 'We go no further!' 6:32
  Mime, Siegfried  
27 'So he's no father of mine' 1:55
  Siegfried  
28 'Could I but know' (Forest Murmurs) 2:45
  Siegfried  
29 'See my mother -' (Forest Murmurs) 10:05
  Siegfried  
30 'Ha ha! At last with my call' 3:33
  Siegfried, Fafner  
31 'Who are you, youthful hero' 4:52
  Fafner, Siegfried  
32 'The dead can tell no tidings' 2:30
  Siegfried, Woodbird  
   
  Scene 3  
33 'Hehe! Sly and slippery knave' 3:12
  Alberich, Mime  
34 'Tarnhelm and ring, here they are' 3:13
  Siegfried, Woodbird, Mime  
35 'Be welcome, Siegfried!' 10:11
  Mime, Siegfried, Alberich  
36 'You lie there too, mighty dragon' 10:43
  Siegfried, Woodbird  
   
  Act III  
37 Prelude 3:00
   
  Scene 1  
38 'Waken, Wala! Wala! Awake!' 2:20
  Wanderer  
39 'Strong is your call' 12:16
  Erda, Wanderer  
40 'You unwise one, learn what I will' 4:31
  Wanderer  
   
  Scene 2  
41 'I see that Siegfried's near' 1:08
  Wanderer  
42 'My woodbird fluttered away' 0:35
  Siegfried  
43 'Young man, hear me' 6:18
  Wanderer, Siegfried  
44 'Child, if you knew who I am' 5:44
  Wanderer, Siegfried  
45 'With his spear in splinters' 7:19
  Siegfried  
   
  Scene 3  
46 'Here in the sunlight' 4:00
  Siegfried  
47 'Come, my sword!' 11:49
  Siegfried  
48 'Hail, bright sunlight!' 4:30
  Brünnhilde, Siegfried  
49 'Siegfried! Siegfried! Glorious hero!' 8:30
  Brünnhilde, Siegfried  
50 'And there is Grane, my sacred horse' 9:11
  Brünnhilde, Siegfried  
51 'Oh! I cared always' 15:01
  Brünnhilde, Siegfried  
 Alberto Remedios tenor - Siegfried
 Gregory Dempsey tenor - Mime
 Norman Bailey bass-baritone - Wanderer
 Derek Hammond-Stroud baritone - Alberich
 Clifford Grant bass - Fafner
 Anne Collins contralto - Erda
 Rita Hunter soprano - Brünnhilde
 Academy of London soprano - Voice of the Woodbird
 Barry Tuckwell solo horn
 Reginald Goodall
  2, 8 & 21 August 1973  
Following the hugely successful release of The Valkyrie Chandos is delighted to continue the Ring cycle with Siegfried.

This release of Siegfried continues the long-awaited Goodall Ring cycle, originally performed at Salder’s Wells/English National Opera in the early seventies.

As in The Valkyrie, Alberto Remedios heads a first-rate cast which includes Rita Hunter, Norman Bailey, Derek Hammond-Stroud and Gregory Dempsey.

Recorded live at the London Coliseum in 1973, this famous production of Siegfried has been digitally remastered using 24-bit technology to ensure the best possible sound quality.



In May 1851, before Wagner started work on the music of Siegfreid’s Death, he recognised a need to precede it with a further opera, to be called Young Siegfried (what we now know as Siegfried), which should cover the events of his hero’s earlier life. By October he was already broaching to his closest friends the notion that the cosmic background to Siegfried’s own history should be filled with not one but two further preliminary dramas. The texts of The Rheingold and The Valkyrie, and the alterations to the previously written poems which this change of plan necessitated, took him until the end of the following year, 1852. Wagner finally started the gigantic task of setting his poem to music in September 1853; by the summer of 1857 he had got as far as the end of the second act of Siegfried, when he decided to lay it on one side – for what turned out to be twelve years.

With Tristan and Isolde and The Mastersingers – composed during this twelve-year period – out of his system, Wagner was able to resume work on the Ring in March 1869, with even greater technical mastery. In 1874 he completed Twilight of the Gods and The Ring of the Nibelungen was given for the first time in August 1876, nearly thirty years after the work was conceived.

From the very first, Wagner had seen Siegfried as an heroic saviour whose mission it was to redeem the gods, by his willing self-sacrifice, from the guilt of their will to power and the crime this led them to commit, and in doing so to redeem the world from the slavery of greed for wealth.



‘Even for people who, understandably, shrunk from the thought of the Ring on disc in English, this is a quite special set, far too exciting and full of fresh perceptions to remain unpurchased’.
Gramophone

‘The hero of this set is undoubtedly Goodall. This is majestic Wagner, imperiously phrased, lovingly nuanced. The orchestral playing is superb and the eight Valkyries include the names Anne Evans, Sarah Walker, Anne Collins and Elizabeth Connell. Enoug
The Sunday Telegraph on CHAN 3038(4)

‘as such, it is that rare thing on disc, a genuinely unique record of a real artistic acheivement’.
BBC Music Magazine

‘…Goodall works his most moving effects, with much exquisite woodwind playing… the orchestral interludes and the closing pages are heartbreakingly eloquent.’
International Record Review on CHAN 3038(4)

‘The Peter Moores Foundation is to be thanked for sponsoring this marvellous set – and there are two more to come’.
Sunday Telegraph

‘This first instalment sounds better than ever. Every word is crystal clear, and the cast is uniformly excellent… it is Goodall’s conducting that is truly spellbinding… the work of a supreme Wagner interpreter.’
The Guardian on CHAN 3038(4)

‘The entire recording industry can be proud of this production.’
American Record Guide




*****
This classic set is now available as a download in superior sound. Ever since this Siegfried first appeared on LP I have thought it simply the best recorded performance of this opera. Time has not dimmed my opinion, in fact even after 30 years + of further, digital, SACD versions I still find more to enjoy in this SWO performance than in any other. In my opinion only Solti comes near to rivalling this staggering achievement. This set belongs in every Wagner and opera lover's collection. If you don't have it buy now!!
G Fawcett