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Wagner: Gotterdammerung (Covent Garden/Konwitschny) Box set

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  • Conductor: Franz Konwitschny
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (5 Nov. 2012)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Walhall
  • ASIN: B009P5OC64
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,477 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Covent Garden Orchestra & Opera Chorus / Franz Konwitschny, London 02/10/1959 Very good sound, first release on any format. The last installment of this fabulous Ring cycle.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erik Aleksander Moe on 29 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This performance of Gotterdammerung from September 1955 is a great one. There is first the young Birigt Nilsson doing to a great performance of Brunnhilde. I must differ from the previous reviewer and say that she really does possess the same olympian voice we have heard from her in her recordings of the role in the 60s, most notably in the Bohm and Solti performances. She is dramatically more into her character on those performances, but she is vocally equally great. The Immolation scene is performed with much feeling and depth of character too. Her partners here are Bernd Aldenhoff as Siegfried, Hermann Uhde as Gunther, Gottlob Frick as Hagen and Leonie Rysanek as Gutrune. Aldenhoff, in many ways, is superior to Wolfgang Windgassen, who sang Siegfried on the two aforementioned performances. Aldenhoff possesses the necessary weight in his voice to portray the a little older Siegfried magnificently. Windgassen's voice is very suitably to the younger but so much to the older. Hermann Uhde was the probably the greatest interpreter of Gunther in the last 50 years and he is here at his best. It is said that it is a thankless role, but it depends on what the interpreter makes of it. Hagen, for me, is the most important villain of the piece. Gottlob Frick was a magnificent Hagen. Not as manacing as Josef Greindl, but Frick has a much superior voice. He is especially great when almost seducting Gutrune into going along with making a potion to put Siegfried under their spell. Leonie Rysanek gave Gutrune great depth. The role is so many times performed very dully, but Rysanek really brings out the passion and feelings of the character.
Then there is Hans Knappertsbusch. He was the last of the greatest Wagner conductors and he delivers a performance with much insight, tension and feeling.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A vintage Bayreuth performance from 1952 7 Jan. 2013
By Gary B. Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
This is a fine performance from 1952, the second year of the revived Bayreuth Festival after World War II. The sound suggests a tape source, with apparently simple microphone placement over the stage which captures the voices well, the orchestra more faintly. Audience noise is limited, and the recording includes no applause. Joseph Keilberth offers a well-focused, dramatic interpretation along the lines of his other Bayreuth performances from the early and mid-1950s. The Bruennhilde, Astrid Varnay, is in strong, firm voice, thoroughly responsive to the text. Josef Greindl, Gustav Neidlinger, and Hermann Uhde are all at or near their best, vocally and dramatically. The Siegfried, Max Lorenz, near the end of his career, is also a strong dramatic presence, but his pitch is at times erratic. Martha Moedl's Gutrune offers a stronger dramatic presence than one usually gets for Gunther's sister, but her mezzo-soprano is not well suited to the tessitura of this part. Ruth Siewert's Waltraute is rock steady. The Norns and Rhine maidens are typical of Bayreuth casts in this period, and the choral work, directed by the legendary Wilhelm Pitz, is excellent.

The download site fails to offer the full cast listing:

Goetterdaemmerung - Bayreuth Festival 1952
Conductor Joseph Keilberth
Director Wieland Wagner
Stage design Wieland Wagner
Choral Conducting Wilhelm Pitz

Siegfried Max Lorenz
Gunther Hermann Uhde
Hagen Josef Greindl
Alberich Gustav Neidlinger
Bruennhilde Astrid Varnay
Gutrune Martha Moedl
Waltraute Ruth Siewert
1. Norn Ruth Siewert
2. Norn Melanie Bugarinovic
3. Norn Martha Moedl
Woglinde Erika Zimmermann
Wellgunde Hanna Ludwig
Flosshilde Hertha Toepper
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