Wagner: The Ring Without Words

Lorin Maazel & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Wagner The Ring Without Words
  • CAT # 80154-25

    1. Wagner: Das Rheingold: Thus, we begin in the "greenish twilight" of the Rhine 5:24
    2. Wagner: Das Rheingold: float up to the home of the Gods, (Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla) 2:05
    3. Wagner: Das Rheingold: fall amongst hammering dwarfs "smithying" away 2:23
    4. Wagner: Das Rheingold: ride Donner's thunderbolt, crawl with the thirst-crazed Siegmund to the haven 1:40
    5. Wagner: Die Walkure: from Act I: In the sound code, we "see" his loving gaze, 3:21
    6. Wagner: Die Walkure: from Act I: their flight
    7. Wagner: Die Walkure: from Act II: Wotan's rage 2:32
    8. Wagner: Die Walkure: from Act III: The Cavalcade of Brunnhilde's sisters (Ride of the Valkyries) 3:10
    9. Wagner: Die Walkure: from Act III: Wotan's farewell to his favorite daughter (Wotan's Farewell and M 5:32
    10. Wagner: Siegfried: from Act I: Mime's fright 1:22
    11. Wagner: Siegfried: from Act I: Siegfried's forging of the magic sword
    12. Wagner: Siegfried: from Act I: His wanderings through the forest 2:04
    13. Wagner: Siegfried: from Act II, his slaying of the Dragon 1:00
    14. Wagner: Siegfried: from Act II: the Dragon's lament
    15. Wagner: Gotterdamerung: from Act I: day breaking 'round Siegfried's and Brunnhilde's passion 7:06
    16. Wagner: Gotterdamerung: from Act I: Siedfried's Rhine journey, (Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey) 5:06
    17. Wagner: Gotterdamerung: from Act II: Hagen's call to his clan 1:45
    18. Wagner: Gotterdamerung: from Act II: Siegfried and the Rhinemaidens 4:01
    19. Wagner: Gotterdamerung: from Act III: his death and the funeral music, (Siegfried's Death and Funera 9:08
    20. Wagner: Gotterdamerung: from Act III: Immolation (Immolation Scene) 9:35

This disc is a unique synthesis of orchestral music from Wagner's Ring cycle. Arranged by Lorin Maazel, the work was designed to be free flowing (no breaks) and chronological, beginning with the first note of Rheingold and finishing with the last chord of Goetterdaemmerung. All the music is Wagner's, and even the transitional material is drawn from the original scores. To convey the breadth and scope of the entire work, Maazel also excerpted material from each opera in proportion to the whole cycle. The result is a 70-minute symphonic journey through Wagner's four great operas.

Consisting of four monumental operas, Wagner's The Ring of Nibelung was one of the most ambitious musical projects ever composed, and has been successful in every respect. With its huge orchestras, sprawling mythological plot, and intense musical drama, the Ring changed the world of music. Orchestrally, they are probably the most complex operas in history, and only the most intrepid of orchestras are up to the challenge. For this recording, Telarc chose to combine its pristine digital sound with the orchestral sheen of the illustrious Berlin Philharmonic. One of the world's greatest ensembles, the Berlin Philharmonic, has built an unparalleled reputation in the music of Wagner and his contemporaries. This synthesis by conductor Lorin Maazel includes all the standard Ring orchestral excerpts such as Ride of the Valkyries and Siegfried's Rhine Journey, as well as most of the leitmotifs known to exist in the score. The result is a unique and innovative symphonic suite (played without interruption) performed by one of the world's most esteemed orchestras.

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