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new-classics.co.uk, November 2016

One of music’s greatest works of art, Das Rheingold depicts the theft and subsequent surrender of the ring forged from the Rhinemaidens’ gold by Alberich. This handsome Blu-ray Audio release features the excellent Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jaap van Zweden, with soloists including tenor Kim Begley, David Cangelosi, the brilliant American mezzo Michelle DeYoung as Fricka, German baritone Matthias Goerne (Wotan) and Oleksandr Pushniak (Donner). © 2016 new-classics.co.uk Read complete review




Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, October 2016

…Wagner was not one to waste time on superfluous activity, so the personality development and initial debut of characters is paramount for what was to follow, even if the opera can stand alone. For this reason I can recommend this new surround sound release, especially because of the surprisingly adroit and versatile performance of baritone Matthias Goerne, with Peter Sidhom’s colorful Alberich a close second. The other positions are ably-filled, noticeably the Fricka of Michelle DeYoung…

…the sound spread is nice and wide, and this is an enjoyable, though quite leisurely, tour through the Rhine Gold. © 2016 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



David Allen
The New York Times, July 2016

WAGNER, R.: Rheingold (Das) [Opera] (Goerne, DeYoung, Begley, Sidhom, Cangelosi, Hong Kong Philharmonic, van Zweden) 8.660374-75
WAGNER, R.: Rheingold (Das) [Opera] (Goerne, DeYoung, Begley, Sidhom, Cangelosi, Hong Kong Philharmonic, van Zweden) (Blu-ray Audio) NBD0049

Of the “Ring” dramas, Mr. van Zweden is most likely to convince in “Das Rheingold,” where overt emotionality and architectural vision are least vital. This first recording with his Hong Kong orchestra, and a solid cast proves it. © 2016 The New York Times



José Luis Bermúdez
Classical Net, March 2016

WAGNER, R.: Rheingold (Das) [Opera] (Volle, E. Kulman, Konieczny, B. Ulrich, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Rattle) 900133
WAGNER, R.: Rheingold (Das) [Opera] (Goerne, DeYoung, Begley, Sidhom, Cangelosi, Hong Kong Philharmonic, van Zweden) (Blu-Ray Audio) NBD0049

Of the two casts the finest single vocal performance comes from Matthias Goerne as Wotan. As a highly experienced lieder singer his enunciation and articulation are of course excellent, and he has the vocal presence to sing Wotan successfully. We will have to wait until Die Walküre to see how Goerne copes with the real depths of the character, but all the indications are very promising. © 2016 Classical Net Read complete review



Joseph Newsome
Voix des Arts, November 2015

ALSO AVAILABLE: WAGNER, R.: Rheingold (Das) [Opera] (Goerne, DeYoung, Begley, Sidhom, Cangelosi, Hong Kong Philharmonic, van Zweden) 8.660374-75

…the recording is a technological triumph overseen by producer and engineer Phil Rowlands, whose expertise has produced a recording that satisfies both as a faithful reading of Wagner’s sonically thrilling score and as a memento of the frisson of this important occasion. Neither performances nor recordings of Das Rheingold are rare, but performances and recordings of the quality of this one, distinguished by the participation of a splendidly-selected cast…

…the orchestra’s playing, bolstered by marvelous performances by brasses and woodwinds, is consistently on an aptly Wagnerian scale, and Zweden paces a performance of grandeur and gravity.

This NAXOS recording of the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Rheingold, the first installment in a complete Ring Cycle scheduled for realization in increments by the end of 2018, is an achievement for which every participant and all Wagnerians must give thanks. Its weakest link is far from ruinous, and its foremost strengths—the Wotan of Matthias Goerne, the playing of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the conducting of Jaap van Zweden—foretell a Ring to challenge notions of great Wagner performances being solely things of the past. © 2015 Voix des Arts Read complete review



Mike Ashman
Gramophone, November 2015

Matthias Goerne sings Wotan beautifully, with much baritonal sophistication, predictable (from an experienced Lieder recitalist) care for words and able negotiation of trickier moments… © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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