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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



Robert Cummings
Classical Net, May 2014

Lance Ryan makes an excellent Siegfried. This Canadian heldentenor has a powerful, attractive voice and sings with energy and total commitment throughout his demanding role…Peter Bronder as Mime is splendid too: he brilliantly projects the cowardice and sleaziness of his character and with superior vocal skills…Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde is stunning. The remaining cast members are also quite strong in their roles—there’s not a weak or average performance by any of them. To round things out, the camera work, picture clarity and sound reproduction are first rate on this Arthaus Musik disc. Highly recommended. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review





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