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CHAN 3054
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Opera - The Rhinegold

Wagner: The Rhinegold

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2001

Originally recorded in 2000


English National Opera Orchestra

Reginald Goodall

Derek Hammond-Stroud

baritone - Alberich

Norman Welsby

baritone - Donner

Clifford Grant

bass - Fafner

Robert Lloyd

bass - Fasolt

Norman Bailey

bass-baritone - Wotan

Anne Collins

contralto - Erda

Helen Attfield

contralto - Flosshilde

Katherine Pring

mezzo-soprano - Fricka

Shelagh Squires

mezzo-soprano - Wellgunde

Lois McDonnall

soprano - Freia

Valerie Masterson

soprano - Woglinde

Robert Ferguson

tenor - Froh

Emile Belcourt

tenor - Loge

Gregory Dempsey

tenor - Mime

English National Opera Chorus


London Coliseum


John Mordler


Robert Gooch

Record Label
Opera In English


Vocal & Song

Opera in English

Total Time - 173:52
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Opera - The Rhinegold

The Reginald Goodall Ring Cycle


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The Rhinegold

  Preliminary Evening to the Festival Play The Ring of the Nibelung  
  Music drama in four scenes  
  Poem by Richard Wagner  
  English translation by Andrew Porter  
  Scene 1  
1 Orchestral prelude 5:01
2 'Weia! Waga! Wandering waters' 1:33
  Woglinde, Wellgunde, Flosshilde  
3 'He, he! You nixies!' 1:40
  Alberich, Woglinde, Wellgunde, Flosshilde  
4 'Slimy, slippery, slithery smoothness!' 9:57
  Alberich, Woglinde, Wellgunde, Flosshilde  
5 'Look, sisters! The sunlight is greeting the gold' 2:41
  Woglinde, Wellgunde, Flosshilde  
6 'What's that, you nixies . . .?' 5:01
  Alberich, Woglinde, Wellgunde, Flosshilde  
7 'The world's wealth can be mine . . .?' 1:01
  Alberich, Woglinde, Wellgunde, Flosshilde  
8 'Still not afraid?' 4:39
  Alberich, Flosshilde, Wellgunde, Woglinde  
  Orchestral interlude  
  Scene 2  
9 'Wotan, my lord! Awaken!' 6:12
  Fricka, Wotan  
10 'For I wished you faithful and true' 2:59
  Fricka, Wotan  
11 'Then shelter her now' 2:24
  Fricka, Freia, Wotan  
12 'Soft sleep closed your eyes' 3:20
  Fasolt, Wotan, Fafner  
13 'God of light, light of spirit!' 5:09
  Fasolt, Wotan, Fafner, Freia  
14 'To me, Freia! Back from her, giant!' 1:17
  Froh, Donner, Fafner, Fasolt, Wotan  
15 'This bond is graved on my spear's strong shaft' 0:58
  Wotan, Freai, Fricka  
16 'What? How am I concerned in a contract?' 4:15
  Loge, Wotan, Fricka, Froh, Donner, Fafner, Fasolt  
17 'Never one word of praise or thanks!' 2:52
18 'But one I found then' 2:02
19 'So I promised I'd tell you the story' 1:05
  Loge, Wotan, Fasolt, Fafner  
20 'A toy, while it was in the waters' 2:01
  Loge, Wotan, Fricka  
21 'And I should possess it!' 4:38
  Wotan, Loge, Donner, Froh, Fricka, Fafner  
22 'Hear, Wotan, I'll speak my last word!' 2:29
  Fafner, Wotan, Fasolt, Freia, Froh, Donner  
23 'Over rock and stone they stride' 3:07
  Loge, Fricka, Donner, Froh  
24 'I see now! Hear what is wrong!' 3:13
  Loge, Fricka  
25 'Come, Loge, descend with me!' 5:11
  Wotan, Loge, Donner, Froh, Fricka  
  Orchestral interlude  
  Scene 3  
26 'Hehe! Hehe! Come here! Come here! 0:56
  Alberich, Mime  
27 'Ha, you rogue!' 2:25
  Alberich, Mime  
28 'Nibelheim here' 1:45
  Loge, Mime, Wotan  
29 'What help for me?' 5:06
  Mime Loge, Wotan  
30 'Better take care! Alberich's near' 2:56
  Mime, Wotan, Alberich  
31 'What brought you here?' 3:32
  Alberich, Wotan, Loge  
32 'In the clouds, you great ones' 3:23
  Alberich, Wotan, Loge  
33 'All must stand in amazement' 4:58
  Loge, Alberich  
34 'Ohe! Ohe! Terrible dragon' 3:20
  Loge, Wotan, Alberich  
35 'Now swiftly up!' 4:46
  Orchestral interlude  
  Scene 4  
36 'There, Alberich, sit on your throne!' 2:53
  Loge, Alberich, Wotan  
37 'And now the Niblungs will come to my call' 3:12
  Alberich, Wotan  
38 'The gold lies there; now let me go' 6:38
  Alberich, Loge, Wotan  
39 'Am I now free?' (Alberich's curve) 4:27
  Alberich, Loge, Wotan  
40 'Fasolt and Fafner come this way' 3:08
  Loge, Froh, Donner, Fricka  
41 'Wait! Don't touch her yet!' 3:12
  Fasolt, Wotan, Fafner, Loge, Froh  
42 'Far too loose you're piling the gold' 2:44
  Fafner, Loge, Wotan, Fricka, Donner  
43 'Freia, the fair one, see I no more' 3:07
  Fasolt, Fafner, Loge, Wotan, Freia, Fricka, Froh, Donner  
44 'Yield it, Wotan, yield it!' (Erda's warning) 5:44
  Erda, Wotan, Fricka, Froh  
45 'Hear, you giants!' 2:13
  Donner, Freia, Wotan  
46 'Stop, you greedy one!' 2:25
  Fasolt, Fafner, Loge, Wotan  
47 'Your luck, Wotan, what could surpass it?' 2:25
  Loge, Wotan, Fricka  
48 'Sweltering mists hang in the air . . . Heda! Heda! Hedo!' 2:47
49 'The bridge leads you homeward' 1:52
50 'Evening rays flood the sky with splendour' 4:21
  Wotan, Fricka, Loge  
51 'Rhinegold! Rhinegold!' (Entry of the Gods into Valahlla) 4:52
  Woglinde, Wellgunde, Flosshilde, Wotan, Loge  
  Orchestral postlude  
 Norman Bailey bass-baritone - Wotan
 Norman Welsby baritone - Donner
 Robert Ferguson tenor - Froh
 Emile Belcourt tenor - Loge
 Robert Lloyd bass - Fasolt
 Clifford Grant bass - Fafner
 Derek Hammond-Stroud baritone - Alberich
 Gregory Dempsey tenor - Mime
 Katherine Pring mezzo-soprano - Fricka
 Lois McDonnall soprano - Freia
 Anne Collins contralto - Erda
 Valerie Masterson soprano - Woglinde
 Shelagh Squires mezzo-soprano - Wellgunde
 Helen Attfield contralto - Flosshilde
 Reginald Goodall
  live; 10, 19, 25 & 29 March 1975  
Following the Success of The Valkyrie and Siegfried, Chandos is delighted to continue the Ring Cycle with The Rhiegold.

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

This famous production of The Rhinegold was recorded live at the London Coliseum in 1975 and has been digitally remastered using 24-bit technology to ensure the best possible sound quality.

Available at a special price, it is the only recording available in English.

Wagner began composing The Rhinegold in the autumn of 1853. The first draft was completed in under eleven weeks and Wagner’s fair copy of the full score was ready in September 1854, when he was already half-way through the first draft of The Valkyrie.

Unlike subsequent Ring operas, each of which is in three acts, The Rhinegold runs for an uninterrupted span of some two-and-three-quarter hours. The four scenes are separated by substantial orchestral interludes which brilliantly exemplify Wagner’s view of composition as ‘the art of transition’.

As one would expect in a work intended as the background to the ensuing drama, many (but by no means all) of the Ring leitmotifs are present in The Rhinegold. One of the most significant, which is in two segments, comes when the Rhinemaidens salute the gold: both the fanfare ‘Heiajaheia!’ and the two-note figure ‘Rhinegold! Rhinegold!’, modified melodically and harmonically, take on new subtleties of meaning as the epic progresses.

The Rhinegold is the locus classicus of Wagnerian idealism. There are no ensembles, and the word setting is pretty much one note to a syllable, with no lyrical or rhetorical effusions. The nearest that Wagner comes to an aria is Loge’s great narration in Scene 2, which could be, and has been, performed as a concert piece.

The Rhinegold was first performed in Munich in September 1869. Its first performance as part of the complete Ring cycle was at the Bayreuth Festival in August 1876.

‘It is a recorded document of great importance.’

‘The Ring cycle that Reginald Goodall conducted from 1969 onwards… remains one of the company’s greatest achievements… This first instalment sounds better than ever. Every word is crystal clear, and the cast is uniformly excellent…’
The Guardian on CHAN 3038(4) (The Valkyrie)

‘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)

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