Recorded in the sumptuous acoustic of the Mariinsky Concert Hall, Das Rheingold is led by René Pape in the role of Wotan. Pape is ably supported by an international Wagnerian cast, and ‘Gergiev’s absolute mastery of this orchestra,’ (Wagner News) is in evidence once again in a tremendously dramatic performance. Siegfried and Götterdämmerung will complete the cycle in 2014.
Der Ring des Nibelungen was the pinnacle of Richard Wagner’s long and turbulent career and without question one of the greatest achievements in opera. Wagner wanted to create the perfect synthesis of music and drama and assumed total creative control of the project which was to take him 26 years to complete, with frequent interruptions. He introduced numerous innovations, not least the sheer scale of the project – typically a complete performance will last in excess of 15 hours, spread over four evenings. No other opera matches the scale or ambition of the Ring.
We are grateful to Yoko Ceschina for her generous support.
Music **** Sound ****
Gerhard Persché - Fono Forum magazine - December 2013
"... the uniquely euphoric spirit of The Ring’s prelude emerges with irresistable conviction as the compelling drama unfolds."
Arnold Whittall - Gramophone magazine - November 2013
Choc de Classica - ****
Pierre Flinois - Classica magazine - November 2013
Performance **** Recording *****
"Following his impressive Walküre, Valery Gergiev tackles the Ring’s great prequal, a generally tougher proposition. He draws plenty of vivid drama and glowing colour from the Mariinsky players ..."
Michael Scott Rohan - BBC Music magazine - November 2013