Wagner: The Complete Operas (32SACD)

Pentatone
$424.99
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PTC5186700
Artist:
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Rundfunkchor Berlin, Marek Janowski

“It has spontaneity of something which has sunk so deeply into the performers' minds and souls that they can throw caution to the wind and still be accurate… unquestionably the finest modern traversal on disc of Wagner's achievement.” BBC Music Magazine

In 2010, Pentatone decided to embark on the ambitious project of recording the ten major Wagner operas with the same musical forces. Never before had a record company recorded all of Wagner’s operas with the same orchestra, choir and conductor, even the same producer, withing a period of two and a half years. On top of that, all of the operas, including the Ring Cycle, were recorded for the first time in multi-channel sound and – as is customary for Pentatone – with the highest technical quality.

Each opera was perfomed only once. All of the performances were recorded live, as well as all prior rehearsals of the choir and orchestra. Conductor Marek Janowski explicitly wished to avoid any publicity, since this is the best way to allow the music to stay true to its nature. This made it possible to accomplish such a superior recording. The critics are unanimous in their praise for the entire set of recordings. Not only for Mr. Janowski, but also the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Rundfunkchor Berlin have attained international acclaim. And to this day, the soloists who took part in the project are still considered the best interpreters of Wagner. Don’t miss the opportunity to own this jewel of a piece! The box consists of 32 SACDs plus one DVD, which contains an interview with Marek Janowski and some fragments from Gotterdammerung.

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Cast Listings:

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Rundfunkchor Berlin
Marek Janowski
Albert Dohmen (Der Holländer), Ricarda Merbeth (Senta), Matti Salminen (Daland), Robert Dean Smith (Erik), Silvia Hablowetz (Mary), Steve Davislim (Steuermann)

Wagner: Parsifal

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Rundfunkchor Berlin
Marek Janowski
Evgeny Nikitin (Amfortas), Christian Elsner (Parsifal), Franz-Josef Selig (Gurnemanz), Michelle DeYoung (Kundry/Stimme aus der Hohe), Dimitry Ivaschenko (Titurel), Eike Wilm Schulte (Klingsor)

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Rundfunkchor Berlin
Marek Janowski
Albert Dohmen (Hans Sachs), Robert Dean Smith (Walther von Stolzing), Edith Haller (Eva), Dietrich Henschel (Sixtus Beckmesser), Peter Sonn (David), Michelle Breedt (Magdalene), Georg Zeppenfeld (Veit Pogner), Matti Salminen (Night Watchman), Tuomas Pursio (Fritz Kothner), Michael Smallwood (Kunz Vogelsang), Sebastian Noack (Konrad Nachtigall), Jörg Schörner (Balthasar Zorn)

Wagner: Lohengrin

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Rundfunkchor Berlin
Marek Janowski
Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin), Annette Dasch (Elsa), Susanne Resmark (Ortrud), Gerd Grochowski (Friedrich von Telramund), Markus Brück (Der Heerrufer des Königs), Günther Groissböck (Heinrich der Vogler)

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Rundfunkchor Berlin
Marek Janowski
Stephen Gould (Tristan), Nina Stemme (Isolde), Kwangchul Youn (König Marke), Johan Reuter (Kurwenal), Michelle Breedt (Brangäne), Simon Pauly (Melot), Clemens Bieber (Ein Hirte/A shepherd), Arttu Kataja (Ein Steuermann/A steersman) & Timothy Fallon (Ein junger Seemann/A young sailor)

Wagner: Tannhäuser

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Rundfunkchor Berlin
Marek Janowski
Robert Dean Smith (Tannhäuser), Nina Stemme (Elisabeth), Marina Prudenskaya (Venus), Christian Gerhaher (Wolfram von Eschenbach), Peter Sonn (Walther von der Vogelweide), Albert Dohmen (Landgraf Hermann von Thüringen)

Wagner: Das Rheingold

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Rundfunkchor Berlin
Marek Janowski
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)

Wagner: Die Walküre

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Rundfunkchor Berlin
Marek Janowski
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)

Wagner: Siegfried

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Rundfunkchor Berlin
Marek Janowski
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)

Wagner: Götterdämmerung

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Rundfunkchor Berlin
Marek Janowski
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)
(Live recording of the concert performance in the Berlin Philharmonic on March 15, 2013)