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Wagner: Das Rheingold

26 Aug 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 26 Aug 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mariinsky
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 State Academic Mariinsky Theatre
  • Total Length: 2:27:26
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  • ASIN: B00EUNFCC4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,510 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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Having rushed to judgement with the first instalment of this cycle, I have taken a long, hard listen to this set to ensure that I was not carried away by my enthusiasm of hearing the work so beautifully sung as I was with Gergiev's Walkure. Longer acquaintance with that set has brought home to me that despite the undoubted beauty -by modern standards-of the singing and playing, and the excellent recording-those who found it lacking in drama have a good case. It is a bit staid in its overall characterisation, and perhaps 4 stars would have been a more realistic appraisal.

I am delighted to advise that there are no such reservations with Das Rheingold, which is again beautifully sung and even better played and recorded. Certainly, Gergiev takes a measured and darker approach to this work than many, but I feel that he captures the essence of it wonderfully.

Many observers bemoan the homogenisation of orchestral sound that has developed over the last 40 years-where are those horns that sounded like saxophones in French orchestras and the braying, tinny brass of Slavic orchestras?-but it is fair to observe that the former Kirov orchestra does maintain some of the characteristics of Russian orchestras that use to endear and exasperate in equal measure. There is still the slight sharp edge to the trumpets (though the horns are wonderful) and a metallic glint to the strings that let us know we're not in Germany! This is an observation not a criticism as the playing on this set is one of its finest features, and the recording is spacious with a wide dynamic range.
The cast is all Russian bar Wotan and Loge, sung here by René Pape and Stephan Rugamer respectively.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iain C. Davidson on 28 Sep 2013
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I very much enjoyed this first installment of Valery Gergiev's Ring Cycle. Usually I am guilty of concentrating on the vocals in an opera recording but this time, it was the orchestral playing that blew me away. I have listened to a few 'Rheingolds' (although by no means all of them) and I think this may be one of the most beautiful I've heard. The recording is clear and the orchestra transparent - I heard things in the score I've never heard before - it was lovely! On the vocal side, the women are all very good, especially Ekaterina Gubanova as a young and alluring Fricka. It took me a little longer to warm to the men. As Alberich, Nikolai Putilin does not have a beautiful voice BUT he does make good use of the words. The same can be said for Stephan Rugamer as an unusually light and mellifluous Loge - indeed some of the most dramatic scenes in the recording are when these two characters come together in scenes three and four. Even Rene Pape's Wotan comes to dramatic life in these scenes - otherwise he sings beautifully but with little attempt at acting. Actually, as in Gergiev's 'Walkure', I found myself a bit disappointed with Pape. For me, he is a little too light of voice for the role and yet the high notes still do not seem to come easily to him. Of the minor male roles; Alexei Markov does well in his 'big moment' with the hammer, both the giants are a bit on the lightweight side, Mime overacts a bit and Froh is easily the weakest link in the ensemble.

I also own the Solti Ring and I doubt if anything can compare for sheer theatrical entertainment - as well as a terrific veteran cast. This recording has none of the special effects - no screaming Nibelungs or howling Rhinemaidens, Alberich does not burst into maniacal laughter as he absconds with the gold and Donner's hammer strike is pretty dull BUT I think its a pretty good counterpart to the Solti just for sheer beauty of sound...and the rest of the Cycle has Nina Stemme as Brunnhilde!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Manger on 9 Sep 2013
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If you find Janowski a bit too exciting, then this Gergiev Mariinsky Rheingold is for you. There is nothing actually wrong with it, save some diction issues with Freia, some rather odd sudden volume changes, especially at the entrance of Fafner and Fasolt (which is taken at a wonderfully slow huge tread), and some rather clumsy playing from the principal trumpet. The pluses are the imperious Wotan of Rene Pape, sounding a lot like the young Tomlinson but without the bark, a very fine Fricka, and a sensuous Erda, good Rhinemaidens and overall reasonably fine orchestral playing (but see above). The rest is, well, average. I personally found Loge's voice irritating and Mime sounded very, well, abused! It is possible that the final verdict on Gergiev's Wagner conducting should wait until this Ring Cycle is complete but so far, I do not find his reading of the Ring to date as compulsive as his Parsifal, nor as well rounded nor, dare I say, as beautiful sonically. There are many finer versions of Rheingold around, including Simone Young's Hamburg recording, Thielemann's Bayreuth recording, plus of course the superlative Solti/Vienna set which remains, amazingly, a benchmark. Karajan too is good; Keilberth's Bayreuth recording is slightly marred by odd stage sounds; Barenboim's Bayreuth reading is also excellent; other great readings are invariably now available just as parts of the complete Cycle. Meanwhile the Gergiev set is a bit in the middle of the pack right now, but maybe his Siegfried and Gotterdammerung will be rather more epic: let's hope so. However, having just sat through the excruciatingly awful Castorf/Bayreuth Ring, it is fair to say that I found the clarity and sobriety of Gergiev to be not totally unwelcome!
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