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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: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,829 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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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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