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This review is from: Wagner Die Walküre (Audio CD)
I was there when this was performed, live at the Bridgewater Hall, in the Manchester International Festival. It was electrifying then, and I am excited to say that the recording has done that performance absolute justice. Indeed, it brings a different dimension because the performance was semi staged (in that the cast sang their parts to the audience and acted in interactions with each other to some extent, but as in a concert setting, the orchestra was behind them and often the main event in interludes, preludes etc) with very atmospheric lighting and surtitles projected on both sides of the stage. The recording's additional dimension is that the music leaps out from the speakers and into your mind's eye making Wagner's mythological world of the Valkyrie into something quite tangible. I had goose bumps from the start to the finish, while listening to the recording, especially ends of act 1 and 2. The rapturous applause at the end of each act and at the conclusion of the opera, says it all. People (including myself) were giving standing ovations all around and all levels of the wonderful concert hall, at the end of each of the 3 sections.
If you haven't got a recording of this opera, then start with this, you won't regret it.