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This month sees the release of the final part of Wagner's Ring Cycle, Götterdämmerung, together with the boxed set of the complete tetralogy.

As with the first three instalments, Götterdämmerung features a cast of internationally acclaimed singers under the inspirational leadership of conductor Jaap van Zweden with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. German soprano
Gun-Brit Barkmin makes her debut as Brünnhilde and encapsulates here the moving experience of the recording:

"It was my first time working with Jaap van Zweden. I must say, he is one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. I love his passion and his willpower. Götterdämmerung is overwhelming music, especially at the end when you hear Siegfried’s thoughts, you hear all the motifs – the Rhinemaidens and everything. And then, of course, after the immolation scene, the end I think this is the most beautiful extract of the Ring one can imagine. I admire this kind of artistry – Wagner’s artistry. And of course, Jaap’s and the orchestra’s. It was incredible." – Gun-Brit Barkmin

WAGNER, R. Ring des Nibelungen (Der): Götterdämmerung [Opera]
8.660428-31
Richard WAGNER (1813–1883)
Götterdämmerung
(The Twilight of the Gods)

Gun-Brit Barkmin and Amanda Majeski, Sopranos
Michelle DeYoung, Mezzo-soprano • Daniel Brenna, Tenor
Shenyang, Bass-Baritone • Eric Halfvarson, Bass
Bamberg Symphony Chorus • Latvian State Choir
Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden

Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods) is the epic fourth and final opera of Wagner’s great Ring cycle, with a plot that depicts the fall of heroes, gods, and the entire world. As ever with the Ring, the joys of love are all too fragile and fleeting, and the drama of Götterdämmerung revolves around dark and unsettling reversals of fortune and illusions of hope that synthesise thrilling and powerful grand opera traditions with Wagner’s revolutionary techniques. Containing all of the Ring’s essential elements, Götterdämmerung possesses a profoundly satisfying sense of inevitability that makes it both a towering climax and a unified summation of the Ring’s abundant variety.

Previous releases in the Naxos Ring Cycle
8.660374-75
NBD0049 [Blu-ray Audio]
★★★★
★★★★
★★★★
★★★★
★★★★
“Matthias Goerne is a revelation … what’s remarkable is how consistently he sustains the beauty of his tone throughout this strenuous assignment – a triumph of bel canto singing.”
Opera News
8.660394-97
NBD0051 [Blu-ray Audio]
TOP 10 CLASSICAL CDs OF 2016
★★★★★
★★★★
★★★★
“Drawing airy, luminescent textures from the Hong Kong players, [Jaap van Zweden] drives the drama excitingly.”
BBC Music Magazine
8.660413-16
NBD0069A [Blu-ray Audio]
★★★★
★★★★★
“Van Zweden is a master of refinement and tonal balance. The Hong Kong Philharmonic plays with lush brilliance, beautiful portamentos in the strings, and exceptional transparency.”
American Record Guide
Also Available
WAGNER, R.: Ring des Nibelungen (Der) [Operas] (14-CD Box Set)
8.501403
[14-CD Boxed Set]
Der Ring des Nibelungen
(The Ring of the Nibelung)
Das Rheingold • Die Walküre • Siegfried • Götterdämmerung

Heidi Melton and Gun-Brit Barkmin, Sopranos • Michelle DeYoung, Mezzo-soprano
Stuart Skelton and David Cangelosi, Tenors • Matthias Goerne, Baritone
Shenyang, Bass-Baritone • Eric Halfvarson, Bass • Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra • Jaap van Zweden

Wagner’s visionary Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) was first performed as a cycle of four operas in 1876. Its mythic plot examines the relationship between love and earthly power through the agency of a ring which confers ultimate power on its bearer. One of the most sustained and remarkable achievements in all music, the tetralogy is performed by an all-star cast, conducted by the new music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden, in performances that have been critically acclaimed worldwide for their ‘thrilling sense of drama’ (The Sunday Times, London).

BONUS – USB Card
Contents:
Behind-the-scenes videos
Concert Photos
Libretti


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