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Paul J. Pelkonen
Superconductor, May 2015

WAGNER, R.: Siegfried (La Scala, 2012) (NTSC) 101695
WAGNER, R.: Siegfried (La Scala, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) 108092

[Daniel Barenboim] keeps the action moving forward producing the most exciting Siegfried

…Peter Bronder [is] a tenor of exceptional agility and sweetness of tone, and is a little easier to listen to amid the screaming, cackling and gibbering that Wagner wrote into the role. © 2015 Superconductor Read complete review

Arnold Whittall
Gramophone, June 2014

WAGNER, R.: Siegfried (La Scala, 2012) (NTSC) 101695
WAGNER, R.: Siegfried (La Scala, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) 108092
WAGNER, R.: Götterdämmerung (La Scala, 2013) (NTSC) 101696
WAGNER, R.: Götterdämmerung (La Scala, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) 108093

Daniel Barenboim’s celebration of the Wagner bicentenary culminated in the completion of a new Ring cycle…These DVDs of La Scala performances…are most notable for showcasing this conductor’s supreme command of the epic lyricism that goes to the heart of the Wagner style…the La Scala orchestra has no weak links…

Barenboim’s flair for drawing out often under-characterised details…is one outstanding feature…this is an absorbing portrait of a fine Wagner conductor at the height of his powers. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Warwick Thompson
Sinfini Music, February 2014

Nina Stemme is a dazzling Brünnhilde, radiant of voice and stage presence, and Johannes Martin Kränzle sings up a storm as the tormented dwarf Alberich. There’s great comic support from Peter Bronder as the villain Mime, and Terje Stensvold is an authoritative Wanderer.

No quibbles with Daniel Barenboim’s conducting…He propels the drama skilfully, keeps in control of the tension, and draws some sumptuous sounds from La Scala’s orchestra. © 2014 Sinfini Music Read complete review

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