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Opera Explained: WAGNER, R. - The Ring of the Nibelung (Johnson)


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Opera Explained: WAGNER, R. - The Ring of the Nibelung (Johnson)

Wagner’s Ring cycle is the most ambitious work in the history of music: four operas that combine to tell a single epic story. Based in legend, it has become a legend in its own right: a supreme challenge for conductors, singers, opera producers, and indeed for audiences. But for all its grandeur and complexity, The Ring is far more accessible than many music lovers think. This two-CD guide explains the basics of the plot, profiles the leading characters, and shows how Wagner’s revolutionary music adds fascinating layers of meaning and psychological insight, as well as providing some of the most stirring and intoxicating moments in the entire operatic repertoire.

Disc 1

Wagner, Richard / Johnson, Stephen

  An Introduction to... WAGNER The Ring of the Nibelung
1.   Introduction 00:01:11
2.   The Stuff of Legends 00:06:29
3.   Dark Power 00:04:38
4.   Revolution in Music 00:02:57
5.   A New Kind of Song 00:06:45
6.   The Role of the Orchestra 00:07:11
7.   The Leitmotif 00:05:12
8.   Das Rheingold: Prelude 00:04:29
9.   Das Rheingold: Scene 1 00:04:43
10.   Das Rheingold: Scene 2 00:04:43
11.   Das Rheingold: Scene 3 00:04:09
12.   Das Rheingold: Scene 4 00:08:42
13.   Die Walkure: Background 00:00:58
14.   Die Walkure: Act I 00:10:54
15.   Die Walkure: Act II 00:04:48

Disc 2

Wagner, Richard / Johnson, Stephen

  An Introduction to... WAGNER The Ring of the Nibelung
1.   Die Walkure: Act II (cont.) 00:03:37
2.   Die Walkure: Act III 00:03:53
3.   Die Walkure: The Final Scene: Wotan and Brunnhilde 00:06:51
4.   Siegfried: Act I 00:09:05
5.   Siegfried: Act II 00:07:25
6.   Siegfried: Act III 00:12:16
7.   Gotterdammerung: Background 00:02:05
8.   Gotterdammerung: Prologue 00:08:04
9.   Gotterdammerung: Act I 00:05:39
10.   Gotterdammerung: Act II 00:04:58
11.   Gotterdammerung: Act III 00:04:27
12.   Gotterdammerung: The Final Scene: The End of Everything 00:11:09

Total Playing Time: 02:37:18

Johnson, Stephen; Wagner, Richard

Johnson, Stephen

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.558184-85

Barcode: 9781843791041

Physical Release: 10/2007

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