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.
Wotan: René Pape
Donner: Alexei Markov
Froh: Sergi Semishkur
Loge: Stephan Rügamer
Fricka: Ekaterina Gubanova
Alberich: Nikolai Putilin
Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev 2010/12
This recording was made possible through the generous support of Yoko Ceschina.
Running Time: 147m42s (2 CDS)
Sung in German.
Libretto in German and English.