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listen  1. Die Walkure: Act I Scene 1: PreludeStuart Skelton 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Die Walkure: Act I Scene 1: Wes Herd dies auch sei, hier muss ich rasten (Siegmund, Sieglinde)Stuart Skelton12:28Album Only
listen  3. Die Walkure: Act I Scene 2: Mud am Herd fand ich den Mann (Sieglinde, Hunding, Siegmund)Stuart Skelton 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Die Walkure: Act I Scene 2: Friedmund darf ich nicht heissen (Siegmund, Hunding, Sieglinde)Stuart Skelton 9:48Album Only
listen  5. Die Walkure: Act I Scene 2: Ich weiss ein wildes Geschlecht (Hunding)Stuart Skelton 6:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Die Walkure: Act I Scene 3: Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater (Siegmund)Stuart Skelton 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Die Walkure: Act I Scene 3: Schlafst du, Gast? (Sieglinde)Stuart Skelton0:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Die Walkure: Act I Scene 3: Der Manner Sippe sass hier im Saal (Sieglinde, Siegmund)Stuart Skelton 5:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Die Walkure: Act I Scene 3: Wintersturme wichen dem Wonnemond (Siegmund)Stuart Skelton 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Die Walkure: Act I Scene 3: Du bist der Lenz, nach dem ich verlangte (Sieglinde, Siegmund)Stuart Skelton 7:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Die Walkure: Act I Scene 3: War Walse dein Vater (Sieglinde)Stuart Skelton0:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Die Walkure: Act I Scene 3: Siegmund heiss ich und Siegmund bin ich (Siegmund, Sieglinde)Stuart Skelton 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Die Walkure: Act II Scene 1: PreludeStuart Skelton 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Die Walkure: Act II Scene 1: Nun zaume dein Ross, reisige Maid! (Wotan, Brunnhilde)Stuart Skelton 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Die Walkure: Act II Scene 1: Dir rat ich, Vater, ruste dich selbst (Brunnhilde)Stuart Skelton 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Die Walkure: Act II Scene 1: Der alte Sturm, die alte Muh! (Wotan, Fricka)Stuart Skelton 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Die Walkure: Act II Scene 1: So ist es denn aus mit den ewigen Gottern (Fricka, Wotan)Stuart Skelton 5:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Die Walkure: Act II Scene 1: In wildem Leiden erwuchs er sich selbst (Wotan, Fricka)Stuart Skelton 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Die Walkure: Act II Scene 1: Was verlangst du? (Wotan, Fricka, Brunnhilde)Stuart Skelton 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Die Walkure: Act II Scene 2: Schlimm, furcht ich, schloss der Streit (Brunnhilde, Wotan)Stuart Skelton 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Die Walkure: Act II Scene 2: O heilige Schmach! (Wotan, Brunnhilde)Stuart Skelton 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Die Walkure: Act II Scene 2: Als junger Liebe Lust mir verblich (Wotan, Brunnhilde)Stuart Skelton15:17Album Only
listen11. Die Walkure: Act II Scene 2: O sag, Kunde, was soll nun dein Kind? (Brunnhilde, Wotan)Stuart Skelton 7:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Die Walkure: Act II Scene 3: Raste nun hier, gonne dir Ruh! (Siegmund, Sieglinde)Stuart Skelton11:48Album Only


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listen  1. Die Walkure: Act II Scene 4: Siegmund! Sieh auf mich! (Brunnhilde, Siegmund)Stuart Skelton18:12Album Only
listen  2. Die Walkure: Act II Scene 5: Zauberfest bezahmt ein Schlaf (Siegmund)Stuart Skelton 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Die Walkure: Act II Scene 5: Kehrte der Vater nur heim! (Sieglinde)Stuart Skelton0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Die Walkure: Act II Scene 5: Wehwalt! Wehwalt! (Hunding, Siegmund, Sieglinde, Brunnhilde, Wotan)Stuart Skelton 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Die Walkure: Act II Scene 5: Geh hin, Knecht! Knie vor Fricka (Wotan)Stuart Skelton 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Die Walkure: Act III Scene 1: Hojotoho! Hojotoho! Heiaha! Heiaha, "Ride of the Valkyries" (Gerhilde, Helmwiege, Waltraute, Schwertleite, Ortlinde, Siegrune, Rossweisse, Grimgerde)Stuart Skelton 6:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Die Walkure: Act III Scene 1: Nach dem Tann lenkt sie das taumelnde Ross (Waltraute, The Valkyries)Stuart Skelton 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Die Walkure: Act III Scene 1: Schutzt mich und helft in hochster Not! (Brunnhilde, The Valkyries)Stuart Skelton 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Die Walkure: Act III Scene 1: Nicht sehr dich sorge um mich (Sieglinde, Brunnhilde, The Valkyries)Stuart Skelton 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Die Walkure: Act III Scene 1: So fliehe denn eilig und fliehe allein! (Brunnhilde, The Valkyries)Stuart Skelton 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Die Walkure: Act III Scene 1: Steh, Brunnhild'! (Wotan, Brunnhilde, The Valkyries)Stuart Skelton0:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Die Walkure: Act III Scene 2: Wo ist Brunnhild', wo die Verbrecherin? (Wotan, The Valkyries)Stuart Skelton 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Die Walkure: Act III Scene 2: Hier bin ich, Vater (Brunnhilde, Wotan, The Valkyries)Stuart Skelton10:09Album Only
listen  2. Die Walkure: Act III Scene 3: War es so schmahlich, was ich verbrach (Brunnhilde, Wotan)Stuart Skelton 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Die Walkure: Act III Scene 3: Als Fricka den eignen Sinn dir entfremdet (Brunnhilde, Wotan)Stuart Skelton 6:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Die Walkure: Act III Scene 3: So tatest du, was so gern zu tun ich begehrt (Wotan)Stuart Skelton 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Die Walkure: Act III Scene 3: Wohl taugte dir nicht die tor'ge Maid (Brunnhilde, Wotan)Stuart Skelton 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Die Walkure: Act III Scene 3: Und das ich ihm in Stucke schlug! (Wotan, Brunnhilde)Stuart Skelton 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Die Walkure: Act III Scene 3: Leb' wohl, du kuhnes, herrliches Kind! (Wotan)Stuart Skelton 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Die Walkure: Act III Scene 3: Der Augen leuchtendes Paar (Wotan)Stuart Skelton 6:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Die Walkure: Act III Scene 3: Loge, hor! (Wotan)Stuart Skelton 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 17, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Oehms Classics
  • ASIN: B002QEXC8K
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This performance, recorded live in Hamburg in October, 2008, is a wonderful surprise. Conductor Simone Young brings out the score's mood changes with great drama; you can practically see the shadow of Hunding passing behind the Twins in Act 1, and with each entrance of the tender love music--sometimes just the leitmotif itself--the listener feels a sense of joy.

Young has a particularly youthful-sounding Siegmund in tenor Stuart Skelton, a tireless, intelligent singer without the baritonal low register some prefer, and she emphasizes the brightness of the brass to play against his sound. She also takes the Brünnhilde/Wotan duet in the second act at a nicely quick conversational pace, making it less introspective than usual but also bringing it great urgency. And her final act is glorious, from a thrillingly played and sung ride (complete with trills from the Valkyries), to an ecstatic "O hehrste wonne", through a psychologically exhausting "War es so schmälich", and an exquisite, touching final scene. There isn't a dull moment in this Walküre.

Opposite Skelton's young, impetuous Siegmund we have a mezzo Sieglinde--Yvonne Naef--and rather than this being a drawback, it is a dark-hued, emotionally telling portrayal. There's the occasional strain in the upper register, including at "O hehrste wonne", which, as suggested above, is a knockout--perhaps because it does not sound easy. Mikhail Petrenko's Hunding is too mellow and carries little danger. Jeanne Piland's Fricka is second-rate.

Falk Struckmann's Wotan is brilliantly thought out, and save for a lunged-at high note or five, it's handsomely sung, with a beautiful legato and long breath. His concept of the role (or the director's, or conductor's) is as a loving father to Brünnhilde primarily--hence his rage (which abates) in the third act. He has the authority, but not the inner depth of feeling, of Thomas Stewart or Hans Hotter. Some might call it shallow and un-godlike; I found it poignant in this context.

Deborah Polaski's Brünnhilde, as she nears 60 years of age, seems more solid than ever before. A wobble rarely enters the voice, and though she seems to tire in the third act's second scene, she recovers entirely for her confrontation with Wotan. And when she sings pianissimo, as in the Announcement of Death and "War es so schmälich", she's riveting.

In short, this is a Walküre that is all of a piece, like Furtwängler's, with seamless moves from scene to scene. It isn't nearly as dark or "cosmic", but it is a beautiful reading, and the singing, despite the fact that there are no Varnays or Vickers, is quite fine. -- ClassicsToday.com, Robert Levine, January 2010

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While listening to this sumptuously and closely miked recorded live performance from Hamburg, the first word that comes to my mind is 'careful'. All the voices are never less than professionally adequate and are often much more so. Audience noise is never intrusive, stage noise is usually limited to an occasional foot stomping. Orchestral playing is top-notch with Simone Young providing excellent, but tight leadership, with none of the big moments disappointing. Engineering is very dynamic with fortes being room explosive and quiet moments as near whispers.

Reviewing the pictures included in the accompanying booklet of the staged production, we can only be thankful that this offering is limited to only an audio artifact from the event. From appearances, the production was horrendously modern and Wagner's stage directions ignored and irrelevent. What is missing is left to our theater of our minds--as it should be. I enjoyed the listening experience and while this release doesn't challenge my favorite Leinsdorf 1960 studio effort on Decca, those looking for the latest audio performance will not be disappointed here. Recommended. This release is also a part of a complete Ring cycle which is available for those so disposed.
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