Tomasz Konieczny (Wotan), Christian Elsner (Loge), Iris Vermillion (Fricka), Günther Groissböck (Fasolt), Timo Riihonen (Fafner), Jochen Schmeckenbecher (Alberich), Ricarda Merberth (Freia), Andreas Conrad (Mime), Maria Radner (Erda), Julia Borchert (Woglinde), Katharina Kammerloher (Wellgunde), Kismara Pessatti (Flosshilde)
Tomasz Konieczny (Wotan), Iris Vermillion (Fricka), Robert Dean Smith (Siegmund), Melanie Diener (Sieglinde), Timo Riihonen (Hunding), Petra Lang (Brünnhilde), Anja Fidelia Ulrich (Gerhilde), Fionnuala McCarthy (Ortlinde), Heike Wessels (Waltraute), Kismara Pessatti (Schwertleite), Carola Höhn (Helmwige), Wilke te Brummelstroete (Siegrune), Nicole Piccolomini (Grimgerde) & Renate Spingler (Roßweiße)
Tomasz Konieczny (Der Wanderer/Wotan), Stephen Gould (Siegfried), Violeta Urmana (Brünnhilde), Anna Larsson (Erda), Matti Salminen (Fafner), Jochen Schmeckenbecher (Alberich), Christian Elsner (Mime), Sophie Klußmann (Stimme eines Waldvogels)
Lance Ryan (Siegfried), Petra Lang (Brünnhilde), Matti Salminen (Hagen), Edith Haller (Gutrune), Markus Bruck (Gunther), Marina Prudenskaja (Waltraute), Jochen Schmeckenbecher (Alberich), Susanne Resmark (Erste Norn), Christa Mayer (Zweite Norn), Jacquelyn Wagner (Dritte Norn), Julia Borchert (Woglinde), Katharina Kammerloher (Wellgunde), Kismara Pessatti (Flosshilde)
Rundfunkchor Berlin & Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski
It took Richard Wagner (1813-1883) 26 years to complete his magnum opus, the opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, which consists of four separate operas tied together by leitmotifs, recurring musical themes which link plot elements. In some of his essays, Wagner speaks about the Gesamtkunstwerk (“total work of art”) which is his ideal way of unifying all works of art via the theatre. It is a union of opera and drama, in which the individual arts are subordinated to a common purpose.
Der Ring des Nibelungen, and specifically its components Das Rheingold and Die Walküre represent perhaps the closest that Wagner, or anyone else, ever came to realizing these ideals.
The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and conductor Marek Janowski, one of the great masters and exponents of the music of the German tradition, recorded the four operas Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung at the Berlin Philharmonie in 2012 and 2013. All recordings were made during a unique series of live concertante performances, which allows for an orchestral clarity that is impossible to achieve when the orchestra is placed in a pit.
This is the first multichannel surround sound recording ever of the Ring is now released by PENTATONE in a luxurious collector book (300 x 300 mm) containing 13 SACDs and more than 250 pages rich with content including liner notes, biographies and full librettos in English and German, among others.