, November 2013
This is a re-release of Amsterdam’s 1999 Die Walküre conducted by Harmut Haenchen. It is a very attractive staging of Day one of the Ring Cycle by French-Lebanese Director Pierre Audi. Audi utilizes the beautiful Amsterdam Opera Theater in a groundbreaking manner.
John Bröcheler is an amazing Wotan…John Keyes is a strong Siegmund. Nadine Secunde as Sieglinde acquits herself honorably, and so do Kurt Rydl as Hunding and Reinhild Runkel as Fricka.
Harmut Haenchen leads the Netherland Philharmonic with confidence and assurance and delivers on the depth and passion of Wagner’s music. Overall, it is a beautifully paced and shaped performance, allowed to breathe when needed, but not rushed through…the sound of the Netherlands Philharmonic is lush, especially in the woodwind section.
All in all, this is an interesting, visually attractive Walküre with a conductor that rises to the occasion. © 2013 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review