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new-classics.co.uk, April 2020

This new Naxos Blu-ray release (also available on CD) features impressive New Zealand-born, American-trained tenor Simon O’Neill in the demanding title role, with Matthias Goerne as The Wanderer and David Cangelosi as Mime. Brünnhilde is sung by the young American soprano Heidi Melton, who has been called ‘the Wagnerian voice we have been waiting for since Flagstad and Nilsson.’—La Presse. The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Jaap van Zweden. Siegfried contains some of the greatest moments in Wagner’s entire output. © 2020 new-classics.co.uk Read complete review



Gavin Dixon
Fanfare, March 2018

Everything about this performance speaks of careful preparation and investment of time. German opera house orchestras have dominated the recent Ring discography, especially on DVD, but the Hong Kong Philharmonic is clearly a different ensemble. …Zweden, for his part, gives a measured but fluid reading. …He communicates well with the singers, offering generous supporting textures, but also reigning in any rubato excesses. All round, a real ensemble performance then, meticulously prepared and well presented.

This is an impressive, if not exceptional, Siegfried then, from Jaap van Zweden and his Hong Kong forces. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review





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