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Roy Westbrook
MusicWeb International, February 2018

Anja Harteros has the measure of his twin Sieglinde to a still greater degree, vocally bright and secure through the range, and looking the part. Christa Mayer as Fricka is outstanding too, imposing in her insistence on her moral stance, but in full command of her rich voice so that she is never shrill or shrewish, which gives her an authority that makes the drama more interestingly ambiguous. …The Wotan of Vitalij Kowaljow is splendidly focussed of voice and suitably imposing in presence… Anja Kampe is on top vocal form as Brünnhilde, whose interactions with Wotan are the emotional heart of this most human of the Ring dramas. Her wide experience in Wagner really tells, and she acts and sings those scenes with her father most affectingly. Her eight spear-voiced (and spear-carrying) Valkyrie sisters make a joyous noise in the opening to Act III.

[Christian Thielemann’s] musical direction is superb, for he has the essential long-term perception of Wagner’s musico-dramatic structures, control of the broad tempi he often favours, and a truly magnificent orchestra in the Dresden Staatskapelle. Like Karajan, he understands that the drama is essentially in the pit. Perhaps too Thielemann was inspired by this reclamation of a classic production by his mentor. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Mike Ashman
Gramophone, January 2018

WAGNER, R.: Walküre (Die) [Opera] (Salzburg Easter Festival, 2017) (NTSC) 742808
WAGNER, R.: Walküre (Die) [Opera] (Salzburg Easter Festival, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD) 742904

A for effort for the production team—but the real interest of this release is musical. Thielemann’s fourth recording of this opera assembles his strongest cast yet, one more than capable of filling the wide spaces of the Grosses Festspielhaus. The top of Peter Seiffert’s voice may no longer be a thing of beauty but it, and his instinct for the personality of Siegmund, are very much there. Harteros is a clearly projected, emotional Sieglinde. Zeppenfeld, nervous of his marriage as soon as he first sees Siegmund at home, is a convincing wife-abusing neurotic in good, un-woolly voice. Kowaljow’s Wotan is best when he is frighteningly angry. …Anja Kampe, as always, is bright, forward, intelligent and the centre of attention onstage. © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Lark Reviews, November 2017

This new release is a strange hybrid.

Thankfully Thielemann and his orchestra are in magnificent form and the end of act one thrills, as to many other key moments. Anja Kampe is an engaging Brunnhilde and a fine foil for the slippery Wotan of Vitalij Kowaljow. © 2017 Lark Reviews Read complete review

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