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Scenes (Pappano, Roh Orchestra, Domingo)

Placido Domingo Audio CD
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  • Performer: Covent Garden Royal Opera House Orchestra
  • Orchestra: Richard Wagner
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (8 April 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00005YTLI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Siegfried, Act I, Scene 3: Nothung! Nothung! Neidliches Schwert!Placido Domingo/Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano/David Cangelosi 8:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Siegfried: Was am besten er kann.....Ho-ho! Ho-hei! Schmiede, mein Hammer, ein hartes Schwert! (Act I/Scene 3)Placido Domingo/Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano/David Cangelosi 6:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Siegfried: Dass mein Vater nicht ist...Du holdes Vöglein, dich hört'ich noch nie (Act II/Scene 2)Placido Domingo/Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano10:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Siegfried: In der Höle hier lieg 'auf dem Hort! (Act II/Scene 3)Placido Domingo/Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano/Natalie Dessay 6:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Second Day: Siegfried, Act II: Nun sing! Ich lausche dem Gesang (Siegfried/Waldvogel)Placido Domingo/Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano/Natalie Dessay 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Götterdämmerung, Vorspiel/Prologue: Tagesgrauen (Orchester)Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Götterdämmerung: Zu neuen Thaten, theurer HeldePlacido Domingo/Antonio Pappano/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Violeta Urmana11:16Album Only
Listen  8. Götterdämmerung, Prologue: Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt (Orchester)Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano 6:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Götterdämmerung, ACT 3: Brünnhilde, heilige Braut!Placido Domingo/Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Götterdämmerung: Trauermarsch (Orchester)Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano 8:01£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Following on from the success of Love Duets, Plácido Domingo continues his remarkable foray into Wagner's mythological world with this latest offering. On this disc, the excerpts stem from Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, the final two parts of the Ring tetralogy. Domingo's performances emerge with boundless energy: try his lustful "forging song" from Siegfried. He also brings an inherently lyrical quality to this heroic music: Domingo's musicianship is legendary (try any track on DG's Verdi/Domingo boxset) and his sensitive portrayal of Wagner's hero is all the more memorable for the care he lavishes on the musical line. The coupling of Domingo and Pappano is an inspired one. The orchestra is quite simply superb throughout, Antonio Pappano's elucidation of Wagner's textures being aided by EMI's demonstration worthy recording. Siegfried's "Rhine Journey" and "Funeral March" emerge with all the emotive power they deserve. Of the supporting songers, Natalie Dessay is a wonderfully agile Woodbird, David Cangelosi an appropriately slimy Mime and Violeta Urmana an impressive Brünnhilde. This is a truly remarkable release: long may Domingo continue! --Colin Clarke

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Wagner-The Ring-Highlight ~ Placido Domingo - Wagner (Scene

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bleeding chunks - but very tasty 1 Jun 2011
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Once you get to be an old Wagner hand, the vexed question of "bleeding chunks" starts to become academic; if you know the music well you can just slip into he mood-groove quickly enough, especially when the programme is as coherent, sensible and beautifully sung as the one Domingo and Pappano offer us here. Besides, how many people regularly sit down and listen to a whole opera - sorry, Gesamtkunstwerk - at one sitting? All four hours plus of "Siegfried" or "Götterdämmerung" in one go? I don't think so; most of us take breaks or select our favourite bits. Furthermore, this compilation might suit a variety of listeners: anyone who is allergic to the "Bayreuth Bark"; someone new to Wagner who wants a taster; Domingo fans - or folk like me who just love Wagner and good singer; in this disc we have a welcome combination.

In many ways, it's impossible to pinpoint the peaks of Domingo's career - there are too many - but there is a case for claiming that the sixty-year old singer (this was recorded in 2001) reached a kind of third-wave pinnacle as an Italianate Heldentenor of the kind that would have made Wagner grin with delight. The burnished tone, the legato, the easy top A's, the plangency of expression - the sheer beauty of the sound, dammit, after so many huffers and puffers - he has it all. Even the German is more than passable; Domingo was never much of a linguist but to most ears his careful and conscientious Hochdeutsch will not offend.

Add to this absolutely gorgeous playing from the Royal Opera House Orchestra and very grand direction by Antonio Pappano, and you have a winner.
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3.0 out of 5 stars lacked a little something 26 Mar 2013
By chris
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As a great Domingo fan, this was somewhat disappoionting. Lacked atmosphere and real emotional depth and that plus factor of Domingo at his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Domingo and Pappano forge Wagnerian magic once again 16 May 2002
By Joy Fleisig - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There is an Italian saying that translates to something like 'If only the young man had the knowledge and the old man had the power.' This splendid sequel to EMI's 'Wagner Love Duets' certainly proves this saying false. Antonio Pappano, only 42, is a mere child by conductor standards, certainly for one as accomplished and experienced as he is. In fact, when he takes over the musical directorship of Covent Garden in August, he will be the youngest person ever to hold the position. Placido Domingo, officially 61 (and rumor has it actually 66 or 67!) is at the age when many tenors are, or SHOULD be, retired, yet he puts to shame here many tenors 20 years younger than he is. Because Siegfried is such a strenuous role, Domingo has never sung it onstage and probably never will. This is a pity, as the only other possible contender, Ben Heppner, has said that while the 'Gotterdamerung' Siegfried is a possibility for him, the 'Siegfried' Siegfried is not. This is also some of the best singing Domingo has ever done, and that is saying a great deal.
The Forging Scene here is extraordinary. Unlike in the 'Siegfried' selections in 'Wagner Love Duets', Domingo is almost able to suggest that Siegfried is a teenager. If he falls slightly short in that regard, it is Wagner's doing, not his - the music is simply too dark and the vocal line too baritonal in places. It is rare to have such a beautiful voice in this repertory, or such lyricism and legato in music that is often barked. His high As ring out with boundless, and yes, youthful energy. Considering that Pappano takes the music relatively slowly, one must also admire Domingo's stamina in sustaining the pace. His nobility and clarity of utterance here and throughout the disc is a joy. Yes, German is hardly Domingo's best language - in addition to other linguistic lapses throughout the disc, he pronounces the all-important 'Neidliches' three different ways in as many verses. Of course, what is more important is that he understands the meaning of the words he sings. The marvelous young character tenor David Cangelosi is a superb Mime, as one would expect from his nasty, vicious Spoletta on Pappano's 'Tosca'. Meanwhile, the conductor conjures the raw, primal power of creation, and whips the orchestra into a near frenzy as Siegfried smashes the anvil.
In the Forest Murmurs scene and in the scene under the lime tree, Domingo convincingly conveys Siegfried's innocence, vulnerability and loneliness. Pappano mirrors this beautifully in the orchestra, and conveys the loveliness and wonder of Siegfried's natural surroundings. The bright and merry Natalie Dessay continues the trend of luxurious casting of the Woodbird.
We then move to 'Gotterdamerung', where Domingo's Siegfried, now truly an adult, says farewell to his beloved. Violeta Urmana, the Brangane on 'Wagner Love Duets', is here 'promoted' to Brunnhilde, deservedly getting much more of a showcase than the 3-odd minutes she had originally. Urmana, nominally a mezzo, has a big, warm, passionate voice, and her dark timbre makes her a more mature Brunnhilde than the youthful-sounding Deborah Voight. While she has no problems with Brunnhilde's highest notes, which include a high C, I really think the role requires more brightness and steel. Hers is a magnificent voice, but I'm not entirely sure it's the right one. Still, she and Domingo match each other for ardor, and of course Pappano is with them all the way. Finally, Domingo and his accompaniment are ideally regal and tragic at Siegfried's Death.
Although Pappano has proved in the recording studio and in the theater to be a master of just about every 19th and 20th century operatic style, and his repertory on the concert platform is even wider, only now that he is recording Wagner is he being taken seriously as a great conductor. Pappano himself is amused at this - I'm annoyed. Here we finally get to hear him conduct extensive orchestral excerpts on record. We are fortunate that this conductor understands that even without voices, opera is theatre. His readings of the 'Gotterdamerung' Prologue and Sunrise, Rhine Journey, and Funeral March are full of not only understanding of the dramatic situations, but also orchestral clarity and detail. He is superb in slowly building tension to explosive climaxes, and equally adept at bringing out the music's radiance and gentleness when necessary. This all bodes extraordinarily well for the Ring Cycle Pappano will be conducting at Covent Garden in 2005 (with no less than Bryn Terfel as Wotan!). I do not know what if any Wagner he will be conducting there prior to this (not Lohengrin in 2002-2003, as I reported in my review of the first disc), but those who have tickets will be privileged indeed.
Kudos not only to the Covent Garden orchestra as a whole but also to its three superb soloists - percussionist Nigel Bates, English hornist Alan Garner and French hornist Simon Rayner, as Siegfried's anvil, reed pipe and hunting horn, respectively.
The documentation consists of laudatory biographical paragraphs on Domingo and Pappano, summaries of not only the action of the scenes played here but also the scenes surrounding them, and full texts and translations . There is also a striking black and white portrait of Domingo on the front cover and photos of all the other artists on the back.
Like the Domingo and Pappano's first Wagner collaboration, this is a superb introduction to the composer, perhaps even better here due to the inclusion of the orchestral pieces. Whether you are a Wagner neophyte or fanatic, you will still be astonished at how good Domingo sounds for somebody 'past his prime'. And to think what Pappano will sound like in HIS prime, when he's 60 or 70!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plácido Domingo -- God's gift to Opera 24 Jan 2003
By Rosomax - Published on Amazon.com
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I continue to be absolutely amazed by Plácido Domingo's ability to sing ANYTHING written in the tenor key, and sing it WELL.
His Wagner disc is, again, a revelation. After listening to his superb collaboration with Deborah Voight on "Wagner Love Duets" disc, I thought "here's a voice that can open the Wagner book for people". Indeed, his rich, dark-colored voice helped me to discover anew Wagner's tenor roles. I confess, I always thought of tenors in the Ring as slightly annoying. They have the most impossible tasks of singing pretty weird lyrics at intense vocal levels, and cutting through immense orchestras while at it. And it seems that just trumpeting is not enough either, they have to (who knows how) identify with the characters that do things that are beyond imagination to say the least. Well, Domingo's commitment to music has once again proved that a beautiful voice and musicality can literally breeze new life into this rather peculiar repertoire.

I am not going to go into the characters' insight, the translations are not all that good it seems, and my German is quite rusty. BUT, aided by technology or not, Domingo's voice shines brilliantly on all selections, providing clear delivery and a lot of dramatic moments. An interesting quality of his voice - no "ping" or "squillo" in italianate sense, but plenty of natural bronze ring - allows for fascinating "dialogue" with the winds of the orchestra. His partners are well-cast, and their voices are strong enough for the music as well even if some in traditional Wagnerian sense. I am sure there's not a classical fan that has not heard of Natalie Dessay, but it's a huge surprise she could be such a strong Wagnerian. And Violeta Urmana sings a stirring Brunnhilde who is a lot more down-to-earth than most singers make her out to be. Her voice blends beautifully with Domingo's in the parting duet from "The Twilight of the Gods." Of course, I particularly enjoyed the superb rendition of Mime of David Cangelosi.

A word of praise needs to go to the multi-talented conductor Antonio Pappano. Just as I began to identify him with Puccini's music, he surprised me with this crisp and highly animated Wagner. I've discovered lots of nuances often "hidden" by overblown heavy-handed conducting of these pieces, particularly the "Twilight". The reviewer from Buffalo, NY was obviously looking for a huge orchestral sound, but this disc is refreshing precisely for not having one - the orchestra is restrained but highly focused. I found I particularly enjoyed listening to this CD over the headphones - something I never did while listening to most celebrated versions of the complete "Ring". EMI provided near-perfect sound that's balanced and even, plus complete texts of the scenes.
By the way, those interested in hearing Domingo's other Wagner roles need to look for the following: Lohengrin (Solti), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Jochum), Tannhäuser (Sinopoli), Der fliegende Holländer (Sinopoli) and Parsifal (Levine). Most of these are still are not out of print.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like A Fine Wine: Domingo Sings Wagner 9 Nov 2005
By Rudy Avila - Published on Amazon.com
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Even the biggest fan of Placido Domingo in the late 60's, 70's and 80's would have never imagined at that time that Placido Domingo was capable of singing Wagner's Siegfried, or anything by Wagner in general. It is now fall 2005 and by now the vocally gifted, incredibly versatile tenor has sung such diverse roles as Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and Queen of Spades in Russian, Gounod's Romeo in French, Spanish-sung roles in Zarzuelas of his native homeland, contemporary Spanish romantic songs, Mozart's classical opera seria Idomeneo, Broadway's own Man of La Mancha, and of coure all the juicy tenor roles of the Italian repertoire-Pinkerton, Cavaradossi, Rodolfo, Pagliacci, Alfredo, Radames, Pellione, Edgardo, Otello, Andrea Chenier, Don Carlos and many others. To top off an illustrious and long career, he has sung Wagner heroes. Tannhauser, Lohengrin and the Flying Dutchman he has sung on recording and stage, and Parsifal as well. This year EMI has relesed Domingo's Tristan from Tristan and Isolde. As Tristan he sings gloriously. Siegfried presents no difficulty for him. I don't care for spiteful critics' constant criticism that he has no business sinigng Wagner and adding it to his fach or that he is not real heldentenor. Says who ? Just because most audiences are used to hearing an armored tenor singing fortissimi and using the "Bayreuth bite" invented by Cosima Wagner ? Just because most people associate Wagner heroes with such tenors as Wolfgang Windgassen or Jon Vickers ? Wagner admired and even imitated Italian bel canto styles and specified that some parts of his arias should be sung smoothly, beautifully, with a purity of line and not with excessive melodramatic ardor. Domingo's voice is big enough to essay the role of Siegfried. It is tinged with a sort of grand melancholy and rich with lyric beauty. I have never heard the German language sung more beautifully by a tenor. The magic of a Wagnerian love duet is expressively demonstrated in the scenes with the Brunhilde of Violeta Urmana, who sings both mezzo and soprano roles. Not even Birgit Nilsson and Wolfgang Windgassen sounded as beautiful. They make the lovers sympathetic and makes their tragic demise even grander. Papano does wonders with the score, approaching the music with calculated risk. There is no reason why you should dismiss this recording. This is Domingo's Siegfried and Wagner's vision come to beautiful fruition. Domingo, past 60 proves to the world that his is a voice that, like fine wine, only gets better with age.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional recital... 17 Jun 2002
By dcreader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This disc is well deserving of its selection as a Gramaphone editor's selection. Domingo can sing Wagner as well as Verdi - witness his immortial recordings with Sir Georg Solti as Lohengrin and Tannheuser. He sings the role of Seigfried in this disc, which could be subtitled "Highlights of the Second Half of the Ring" in a vital, compelling manner.
He is well matched by Antonio Pappano, who proves that his readings of Wagner will match his stellar recordings of Puccini and Massenet. Patrons of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden will, upon hearing this disc, realize that they are in for a golden era in that insitution's history when Pappano commences his full time duties as Music Director this fall.
The recording itself is superb - demonstration quality. While most serious collectors doubtlessly have recordings of the Ring and Ring recitals, this is still one that deserves serious consideration, and does not, in any way, deserve the sobriquet of a celebrity marketing ploy as another reviewer suggests.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Hesitate! 25 Jun 2002
By Robert Theisen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been listening to recordings of works by Richard Wagner for forty years. This is one of the best I have ever heard. Domingo is superlative in selections from Siegfried and Gotterdamerung. Not to be missed.
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