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4.0 out of 5 stars A very effective French Wagner, 19 Dec 2013
This review is from: Wagner: Symphonic Excerpts From The Ring (Audio CD)
I've always thought there was a difference in the way the French could play Wagner and here we have a proof of that. Jordan gives us a leaner and cleaner sound than you can hear in many other recordings done by Teutonic conductors (like Thielemann) or their imitators (like Levine). Jordan doesn't go over the top and at the same time there isn't the slightest idea of thinking that this isn't Wagner. As in so many orchestral titbits of the Ring the sound tends to be hard and heavy and so loud you can't hear the individual instruments. Not here: even in the ever popular Ride of the Valkyres you can hear the individual wind instruments. As a program there're no surprises, it's a kind of greatest hits. Another surprise by the way is that the voice of Nina Stemme in Brünnhilde's Schlussgesang is recorded as if she sings between the orchestral members. This sounds very natural and gives you a more opera house perspective. It's completely different from many other recordings where the singer is placed, miked?, before the orchestra so we can hear every textual nuance. With this Erato recording that's overwhelmed at some moments but I like it.
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