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Valery Gergiev is internationally recognized as one of the most outstanding musical figures of his generation. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he oversees the Kirov Orchestra, Ballet and Opera, has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Together with the ... Read more in Amazon's Gergiev Store

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  • Performer: Anja Kampe & Jonas Kaufmann & Valery Gergiev
  • Conductor: Valéry Gergiev
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (11 Feb. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Mariinsky
  • ASIN: B00A655N8I
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Disc 1:

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  1. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act I Prelude and Scene 1Valery Gergiev 4:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act I Scene 1: Wes' Herd diess auch seiJonas Kaufmann 9:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act I Scene 1: Einen Unseligen labtest duAnja Kampa 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act I Scene 2: Mud' am HerdMikhail Petrenko 5:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act I Scene 2: Friedmund darf ich nict heissenMikhail Petrenko 6:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act I Scene 2: Die so leidig Los dir beschiedMikhail Petrenko 4:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act I Scene 2: Ich weiss ein wildes GeschlechtMikhail Petrenko 5:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act I Scene 3: Ein Schwert verhiess mir der VaterJonas Kaufmann 6:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act I Scene 3: Schlafst du, Gast?Anja Kampa 7:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
10. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act I Scene 3: Wintersturme wichen dem WonnemondJonas Kaufmann 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
11. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act I Scene 3: Du bist der LenzAnja Kampa 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
12. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act I Scene 3: O susseste Wonne!Anja Kampa 6:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
13. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act I Scene 3: Siegmund heiss' ichAnja Kampa 3:50£0.79  Buy MP3 


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  1. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Prelude and Scene 1: Nun zaume dein RossRené Pape 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 1: Hojotoho!Nina Stemme 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 1: Der alte Sturm, die alte Muh'!Ekaterina Gubanova 3:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 1: Heut' - hast du's erlebt!Ekaterina Gubanova 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 1: Nichts lerntest duEkaterina Gubanova 6:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 1: Was verlangst du?Ekaterina Gubanova 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 1: Deiner ew'gen Gattin heilige EhreEkaterina Gubanova 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 2: Schlimm, furcht ichNina Stemme10:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 2: Ein Andres ist's: achte es wohlNina Stemme 5:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
10. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 2: So nimmst du von Siegmund den Sieg?Nina Stemme 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
11. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 2: So nimm meinen Segen, Niblungen-Sohn!Nina Stemme 5:42£0.79  Buy MP3 


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  1. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 2: Schwer wiegt mir der Waffen Wucht!Nina Stemme 2:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 3: Raste nun hier, gonne dir Ruh'!Anja Kampa 8:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 3: Wo bist du, Siegmund?Anja Kampa 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 4: Siegmund! Sieh auf mich!Nina Stemme10:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 4: Du sahst der Walkure sehrenden BlickNina Stemme 4:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 4: So jung un schon erschimmerst du mirNina Stemme 4:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 5: Zauberfest bezahmt ein SchlafJonas Kaufmann 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 5: Der dort mich ruftMikhail Petrenko 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act II Scene 5: Zu Ross! dass ich dich rette!Nina Stemme 3:31£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act III Prelude and Scene 1: Hojotoho! Hojotoho!Valery Gergiev 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act III Scene 1: Zu Ortlinde's Stute stell' deinen HengstValery Gergiev 5:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act III Scene 1: Schutzt mich, und helft in hochster Not!Nina Stemme 3:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act III Scene 1: Nicht sehre dich Sorge um michAnja Kampa 6:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act III Scene 2: Wo ist Brunnhild'René Pape 4:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act III Scene 2: Hier bin ich, VaterNina Stemme 8:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act III Scene 3: War es so schmahlichValery Gergiev 8:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act III Scene 3: So tatest du, was so gern zu tun ich begehrtNina Stemme10:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act III Scene 3: Nicht streb', o MaidNina Stemme 4:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
10. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act III Scene 3: Leb' wohl, du kuhnes, herrliches Kind!René Pape 4:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
11. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act III Scene 3: Der Augen leuchtendes PaarRené Pape 7:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
12. Wagner: Die Walküre: Die Walküre, Act III Scene 3: Loge, hor'! Lausche hieher!René Pape 4:11£0.79  Buy MP3 

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In February 2013 the Mariinsky label launches its most ambitious project to date, releasing the first title in a cycle of Richard Wagner s Der Ring des Nibelungen conducted by Valery Gergiev. Recorded in the sumptuous acoustic of the Mariinsky Concert Hall, the cycle features a sensational cast, helping create the most finely crafted Ring cycle of modern times. The first release features Die Walküre, starring Anja Kampe, Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape, Nina Stemme, Mikhail Petrenko and Ekaterina Gubanova. Recorded during sessions and performances in 2011 and 2012, it will be released internationally in February 2013 in a 4-disc Super Audio CD box and as a high resolution download. This will be followed in September 2013 by the Das Rheingold (chronologically the first opera in the cycle, although originally envisaged as a prelude by Wagner) with Siegfried and Götterdämmerung completing the cycle in 2014. Der Ring des Nibelungen was the pinnacle of Richard Wagner s long and turbulent career and without question one of the greatest achievements in opera. Wagner wanted to create the perfect synthesis of music and drama and assumed total creative control of the project which was to take him 26 years to complete, with frequent interruptions. He introduced numerous innovations, not least the sheer scale of the project typically a complete performance will last in excess of 15 hours, spread over four evening. No other opera matches the scale or ambition of the Ring. The Mariinsky Theatre has close connections with Wagner and his music. The composer conducted at the theatre and was even offered the post of Music Director. It is also believed to be the first place where any of the music from the Ring was performed. Since Valery Gergiev became Music Director of the Mariinsky, Wagner s music has once again become a core part of the theatre s repertoire, both in St Petersburg and on tour. The Mariinsky label s recording of Wagner s final opera Parsifal starring René Pape, Gary Lehmann and Violetta Urmana, was released in 2010 to international acclaim.

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In the first act at least, with Jonas Kaufmann as an incomparable Siegmund, Anja Kampe a profoundly moving Sieglinde and Gergiev pacing the performance to an overwhelming climax, the result is spellbinding. In fact, few performances on disc can match it for sheer excitement, or for Kaufmann's blend of easy power, immaculate diction and lyric beauty … Gergiev obtains transcendently beautiful playing from the Mariinsky Orchestra. --The Guardian 30/01/13

...it s thrilling ... If this instalment is anything to go by then this it s going to be a Ring to cherish. RECORDING OF THE MONTH --Simon Thompson, MusicWeb International 31 January 2013

the closest thing to a perfect Wagner ensemble ... a distinctive and original interpretation ... Gergiev has now raised the bar very high indeed. --Gavin Dixon, Classical-CD Reviews.com 18 February 2013

His [Gergiev s] Act I has Jonas Kaufmann s heroic, poetic Siegmund at the peak of his powers, partnering a limpid, youthful-sounding Sieglinde in Anja Kampe a dream pair of Wälsung twins for our time, and one to compare with the greatest on disc. Nina Stemme s Brünnhilde, too, is a Valkyrie for the ages, combining the gleaming attack of her compatriot Birgit Nilsson with the lyric tenderness of Anne Evans. She is one of the most complete and musical Brünnhildes ever recorded, even managing a decent trill in her war cries. --Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times

Pape sings beautifully ... Stemme has the measure of her role in spades and her strong, pure, just slightly chilled tones deliver memorably the great curve of Act 3 fear, defiance, guilt, more defiance to almost flirtation ... Collectors will relish Stemme and Kaufmann --Mike Ashman, Gramophone May 2013

His [Gergiev s] Act I has Jonas Kaufmann s heroic, poetic Siegmund at the peak of his powers, partnering a limpid, youthful-sounding Sieglinde in Anja Kampe a dream pair of Wälsung twins for our time, and one to compare with the greatest on disc. Nina Stemme s Brünnhilde, too, is a Valkyrie for the ages, combining the gleaming attack of her compatriot Birgit Nilsson with the lyric tenderness of Anne Evans. She is one of the most complete and musical Brünnhildes ever recorded, even managing a decent trill in her war cries. --Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times

****½ Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Kampe are the Wälsung twins, drawing you inexorably into the drama from the word go. Vocally Kaufmann is unmatched on record, a heroically dark tenor with ringing top notes. Kampe gives him a run for his money with full, rich tone and beautiful text work. Nina Stemme is a fine Brünnhilde, projecting the character s emotional journey better than any of her current contemporaries. The top is just a little under pressure but she compensates with perfect diction and considerable passion. René Pape is equally fine as Wotan, warmly resonant and powerfully inside the drama. --Limelight Magazine (Australia)

The opening shot of Gergiev s St. Petersburg Ring is out and it s wonderful ... The orchestral performance is full of lyricism and sweetness, tenderness, buttery brass and delicate touches. --Listen (US)

The playing of the orchestra is of consistently fine quality (the principal trumpet is particularly excellent), and it s rare to hear Wotan and Brunnhilde sung as musically as they are by Papa and Stemme. --Hugo Shirley, Opera May 2

The opening shot of Gergiev s St. Petersburg Ring is out and it s wonderful ... The orchestral performance is full of lyricism and sweetness, tenderness, buttery brass and delicate touches. --Listen (US)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By D. S. CROWE TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2013
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It was not so long ago that the prospect of a new recording of any complete segment of the Ring aroused excited anticipation, but for the last 20 years or so this has been replaced by anticipated disappointment to outright dread!
Cycles from Haenchen, Simone Young, Weigel and Thielemann have all had their merits, but vocally they have been at best serviceable.

While Elder got his putative cycle off to a magnificent reverse start, the second instalment was a disappointment and it is unclear as to whether a full cycle will yet emerge. I found the recent Gergiev recording of Parsifal to be a qualified success, with again some vocal frailties being the cause of disappointment, so with the strength of the casting in this set, it was with a long lost sense of excitement that I opened the box on this cycle.
It is easy to understand why Wälkure was chosen to start the cycle, as it is the most popular work by far and the most often given as a "stand alone" performance, and we must remember that this cycle derives from concerts where it was important to get off to "a flying start!" Karajan adopted the same strategy for his 1960's cycle.

I expected Gergiev to dive in with both feet and give us a fiercely driven reading which outpaced Leinsdorf, but I could not have been more wrong. I should not have been so surprised at the slower tempo however, as memories of Gergiev's Kirov Ring in Cardiff and London are of very slow tempi which I put down to necessity through unfamiliarity by singers and orchestra (it was a mess!), but it would appear is actually Gergiev's interpretative stance. We are not talking Goodall or Kna here, but it is expansive in the Karajan vein without being able to maintain Karajan's sublime and almost ethereal long line especially in Act One.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Kass on 17 Mar. 2013
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After listening to and comparing this new Walküre with the famous Leinsdorf recording I must admit that the Leinsdorf has more drive and foward propulsion.
This could partly be the result of the recording quality. It is surprisingly good for its age but as is to be expected one hears the main thrust of the music clearly but very few "Nebenstimmen" (undervoices). This gives the music a more linear foward movement, something that many fans of older recordings like. Nothing detracts from this main thrust. It therefore sounds more powerful. In general however, it does seem to be the case that Leinsdorf 's tempi are in general slightly faster.
BUT and it is a big BUT: One misses many details of the wonderful orchestration. One example: the famour ride of the Walkyries. On the Leinsdorf disc one hears the strings clearly and also the brass, when it appears. But hardly any woodwinds. Listen to the same passage with Gergiev and suddenly one hears high and shrill flutes, sort of circling around the main theme. This makes the ride a little less monumental perhaps but adds a different agressive and rather garish touch. I could give many other other examples and am surprised that no reviewers have commented on the way this recording illuminates Wagner's brilliance as an orchestrator. Wonderful winds where I have never really noticed them before. This alone makes this recording worthwhile.
Everyone seems to be preoccupied with the singing and the characterization ("Pape is no Wotan" says "Wotan"!!!). I actually find him moving.Compare the way he sings the passage in which he lists what Brünnhilde meant to him - personally and not as a god. London sound fierce and strict - not even a trace of tenderness. Pape sings like the tender but saddened father.
In conclusion the sheer qualiy of the recorded sound makes this recording worth having.
This is an aspect which has, in my opinion received too little attention from previous reviewers.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Manger on 12 Feb. 2013
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After Gergiev's marvellously recorded Parsifal, expectations are justifiably high for his Ring Cycle, to be released over the next year or so. This recording of Die Walkure may provide some clues about how the whole cycle will pan out, and in a way it is a brave move to release the most recorded part of the cycle first. The sound is good and clean, with supple strings and sonorous brass and wind: the acoustic is acceptable, with balance between orchestra and voices very well done. Overall, the reading is restrained, lyrical, poetic and at times, quite tender. Bombastic it is not. Tempi are unhurried. By and large, the principal singers give a fine account of themselves, and it is good to see that Gergiev has gone with the best of breed as far as current Wagner singers is concerned: what a shame that Thielemann and Bayreuth did not do the same! Kaufmann is now a well-known and established Siegmund, and he does not disappoint. Kampe partners him well through a steady rather than headlong Act 1, in particular. Pape is in fine clear voice, perhaps not quite as commanding on CD as on stage, but should develop into a fine Wotan. He lacks Terfel's expressive range or intensity, for sure. Stemme is predictably gorgeous as Brunnhilde: she has such a gloriously rich range that it is the sheer beauty of her voice that can occasionally draw one's attention away from the drama itself. Unusual among today's Brunnhildes! Petrenko is a light-voiced Hunding, and Gubanova a suitably hostile Fricka. Restrained is the word for this performance: it is not hectic in the style of Bohm or Keilberth: probably not as fine overall as Leinsdorf with Vickers and Nilsson in great voice: not as dramatic as Solti, or as beautifully observed as Karajan.Read more ›
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