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Wagner: The Ring - An Orchestral Adventure [Hybrid SACD] Hybrid SACD, SACD

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  • Audio CD (28 Jan. 2008)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B0012DAC7A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Vorspiel. Ruhig heitere Bewegung
  2. Das Rheingold - Beschleunigend
  3. Nibelheim - Sehr schnell
  4. Walhall. Maessig bewegt - Lebhaft
  5. Die Walkueren
  6. Feuerzauber
  7. Waldweben
  8. Bruennhildes Erwachen - Sehr maessig - Immer langsamer - Sehr langsam
  9. Siegfreid und Bruennhilde. Sehr ruhig - Ziemlich rasch - Sehr aufgeregt
  10. Siegfreids Rheinfahrt. Schnell - Rasch - Sehr zurueckhaltend im Zeitmaass
  11. Siegfrieds Tod. Sehr maessig - Allmaehlich belebter - Wild - Maessig langsam - Sehr langsam
  12. Trauermusik. Feierlich - Sehr ruhig
  13. Ruhig Bewegt
  14. Leicht Bewegt
  15. Lebhaft - Rallentando

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L'Anneau, une aventure orchestrale (Arrangement du "Ring" par Henk de Vlieger) - Siegfried Idyll / Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Neeme Järvi, direction

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I have lately been imbibing the music of Wagner's Ring, hearing the Goodall Ring (sung in English) in small chunks at a time over the last three months and hearing several orchestral CDs of the Ring. I have had the chance to hear the individual concert arrangements that Herman Zumpe prepared during Wagner's lifetime (available on countless recordings), and also the Ring synthesis that Maazel did with the Berliners. As of now, I only know of the Maazel and de Vlieger suites, and also Friedmann Dressler's 90-minute Symphonic Ring. Of these various CD-length Ring condensations, I find that I like the de Vlieger version better. The different sections flow smoothly into each other and the narrative strands are brought out more clearly here. As such this is far from an abomination or a travesty of Wagner's music. Rather, I find that it presents the most important excerpts without all the boring bits in between.

At this date I only know of three versions of De Vlieger's jumbo-sized Ring suite. This Chandos version with Neeme Järvi and the Scottish National Orchestra is the second, made some 15 years after the first recording by its dedicatee Edo de Waart. At this writing BIS recently released a third recording from Lawrence Renes and the Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra. I admit that I'm not a Wagnerian and as such my knowledge of his music may be limited. However, Jarvi and his orchestra offer a full-bodied and dramatic performance of this suits and the orchestra is on excellent form. I find that I'm fonder of Jarvi's propulsive conducting that gives thrust to the narrative than of the conducting of others who have done this arrangement.

Järvi takes an hour in his version, as opposed to 67 minutes of De Waart or 65 for Renes.
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I'm a music fan but not a Classical music buff and unfamiliar with wagners work, but when I heard the overture "Vorspiel das Rheingold" I was instantly attracted to the piece.

Not being sure I could get on with the full operas, this disc had the answer. Highlights of the instrumental pieces of the opera on one disc. Super Audio Compact Disc sealed the deal. The best high resolution DSD sound quality to show off the HI FI. I would not presume to review Wagners work, but for someone wanting to dip their toes in the (Wagner)water, this is disc a great disc to start.
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This is an arrangement, published in 1991 and constructed by someone called Henk de Vlieger, of some of Wagner's music from the Ring. Apparently, the renowned conductor Lorin Maazel had already done something similar, but I do not know who his arrangement compares with Vlieger's. Vlieger's adventure lasts an hour on this disc, which was recorded in 2007.

Vlieger's work is subtitled `an orchestral adventure', so it is not a formal symphony using Wagner's themes; rather, the music flows naturally from one section into the other. However, the sleevenotes (by Maarten Brandt) relate how Vlieger has created a symphonic structure within the music's parts: thus, sections one to four, five and six, seven to nine, and ten to fourteen correspond to a traditional four-movement symphonic format, with the `scherzo' being the second rather than third movement.

Equally, the aforementioned four parts take music directly from the respective four parts of the Ring. We thus open with music arranged from the `Vorspiel' of `Das Rheingold' and end with `Brunnhildes Opfertat' from `Gotterdammerung'. Half the music comes from the final opera. The sleevenotes explain that Vlieger did this because the final opera "constitutes an enormous recapitulation of everything preceding it."

Does it work? Not really. And there is no reason why it should: would you make a symphony from `Don Giovanni' or `Peter Grimes'? I felt a little cheated that within seven minutes of the start of this adventure I am already in Nibelheim. And the supposed pseudo-symphonic format is quite bogus. Take the seven-minute scherzo: it opens with the `Ride of the Valkyries' and closes with the `Magic Fire' music, but there is no intimation of a trio, and no repeat of the Valkyries.
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