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Paul J. Pelkonen
Superconductor, May 2015

WAGNER, R.: Rheingold (Das) (La Scala, 2010) (NTSC) 101693
WAGNER, R.: Rheingold (Das) (La Scala, 2010) (Blu-ray, HD) 108090

Daniel Barenboim draws a burly, very un-Italianate sound from the orchestra, with rich brass and details brought out in the key scene transitions.

The bass Kwangchal Youn plays Fasolt with sonorous tone and genuine passion. One of the highlights of this performance (and this score) is Mr. Youn’s lengthy address to Wotan, an almost-aria where the giant expresses his passion for Freia. As Fafner, the more materialistic of the two brothers, bass Timo Rihonen projects genuine menace.

The power-obsessed world of Das Rheingold is dominated by its male leads. However, Doris Soffel is a stern, compelling Fricka, and sopramo Anna Samuill an appropriately ditressed Freia. …and there is a strong trio of Rhinemaidens: Aga Mikolaj, Maria Gortsevskaya and Maria Prudenskaya are each excellent in the opening and closing scenes of the opera… © 2015 Superconductor Read complete review

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