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Die Walkure

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Audio CD, October 25, 1990
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  • Performer: Richard Wagner, James Levine, Jessye Norman, James Morris, Reinhild Runkel, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001G95
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Die Walkure: I: Vorspiel
2. Die Walkure: I.1, p.123: Wes Herd dies auch sei, hier muss ich rasten
3. Die Walkure: I.1, p.127: Einen Unseligen labtest du
4. Die Walkure: I.2, p.127 Mud am Herd fand ich den Mann
5. Die Walkure: I.2, p.131: Friedmund darf ich nicht heissen
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Disc: 2
1. Die Walkure: Nun zaume dein Ross, reisige Maid!
2. Die Walkure: Hojotoho! Hojotoho!
3. Die Walkure: Der alte Sturm, die alte Muh!
4. Die Walkure: So ist es denn aus mit den ewigen Gottern
5. Die Walkure: Heiaha! Heiaha! Hojotoho!
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Disc: 3
1. Die Walkure: So sah ich Siegvater nie
2. Die Walkure: Hinweg! Hinweg! Flieh die Entweihte!
3. Die Walkure: Siegmund! Sieh auf mich!
4. Die Walkure: Erdenluft muss sie noch atmen
5. Die Walkure: Weh! Weh! Sussestes Weib
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Disc: 4
1. Die Walkure: Hojotoho! Hojotoho!
2. Die Walkure: Schutzt mich und helft in hochster Not!
3. Die Walkure: Nicht sehre dich Sorge um mich
4. Die Walkure: Steh, Brunnhild'!
5. Die Walkure: Hier bin ich, Vater: gebiete die Strafe!
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Customer Reviews

Christa Ludwig is great as Fricka, and Kurt Moll is almost frighteningly intense as Hunding.
I have a high-end system that is very revealing and the "Walkure" sounds almost as good as today's best-engineered releases.
With an organic and powerful vision of the work, Boulez brings it before our ears like a cohesive whole.
Tiago Lucas G. Prado

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. DEBELLIS on July 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Four stars because Solti's recording of this is wonderful. However, please note that the reviews below refer to a different recording, conducted by Boulez. Zero stars then for Amazon Customer Service, which refused to correct the error after two attempts to bring this to their attention. They insist that it is correct to list reviews of the Boulez performance here, because it is a different 'edition' of the same work. Totally unhelpful if you are trying to decide which recording to buy. Until they get their act together, I am going to spend (more of) my money at sellers that take the time and trouble to provide accurate information.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Mumm on December 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am very glad to see the complimentary reviews on this recording. I am a member of the Met Orchestra and found it thrilling to record Die Walkuere with this cast and Levine. I am very surprised that nobody mentioned Kurt Moll as Hunding. It was the most amazing singing I ever heard. I would shiver as soon as he opened his mouth, such a menacing other-worldly sound. Unlike many singers who make several takes and some who go over and over their high notes, Mr. Moll recorded everything on the first take, one time and one time only.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Russel E. Higgins on March 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have seen three cycles of "The Ring" at the Met, and have tickets for the 2000 performances. I thought that James Levine was at his best in this opera. I also thought that I had never heard the music played so beautifully by an orchestra; the Met orchestra truthfully matched a performance I saw at Bayreuth in 1997. Therefore, I bought the Met-Levine "Walkure," knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the cast. I have not been disappointed. The orchestra sounds exhilerating on the CD's, Levine shapes the performances beautifully, and the musicianship and involvement of the cast is complete. In Act I, the music is plainly exciting and the singing noble. Some critics may question Behrens' voice in this opera and the two subsequent ones, but I have always found her a fine Brunnhilde who consistently gives 100% of herself to the performance. Morris' voice is magnificent, and the final "Abschied" is breathtaking. (As a matter of fact, it was this Brunnhilde-Wotan duet that curators chose to play at Wagner's home, Wahnfried, in Bayreuth for visitors. I may add that it sounded marvelous in Richard Wagner's living room.)Yes, I would highly recommend this recording as probably the most satisfactory recording of the opera. The Solti "Walkure" has many weaknesses, particularly in the first act, and with Hans Hotter who is too old for Wotan. I always thought that Solti's conducting of this opera was not his best, although I find his renditions of the other three "Ring" operas to be as close to definitive as one can get. I might add that the CD performance of "Die Walkure" is very different from the video performance, and much better. Act I of the video peformance tends to be mannered, particularly with Jessye Norman.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Cultural Observer on December 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
People have criticized James Levine for his plodding tempos in his Wagner conducting. However, I believe that his conducting is most true to Wagner's score. I personally think that this Walkure is the best on disc, exceeding the recordings made by Sir Georg Solti, Herbert von Karajan, Clemens Krauss, and to a certain extent, Karl Böhm. The clear, precise, yet transparent sounds he draws from the Met Orchestra is superb, and he displays the psychological drama of the epic tetralogy to a tee. Dare I say that no other orchestra captures the soundscape of the Ring so clearly and beautifully as the Met does in this recording? The cast is top notch too, with Brunhildde being played by the very youthful sounding Hildegard Behrens in her prime. From the magnificent opening Hojotohos to her farewell with Wotan, none of the dramatic qualities of the part were missed by this gifted German soprano. You have here the feminine qualities perfected by Regine Crespin in her Karajan recording, plus the clarion high notes of Birgit Nilsson, and you have a great Valkyrie. Wotan is played by none other than James Morris, a singer whose Wotan I believe exceeds that of Hans Hotter in the Solti recording. This isn't a Wotan to fear, although that is one of the attributed the great American bass baritone can bring to the music. You also have Wotan the father, the lover, the compassionate head god who is distraught because he no longer has the universe under his control. A reference performance indeed. Gary Lakes plays Siegmund, a part bettered only by James King and Jon Vickers. His Sieglinde is Jessye Norman, and despite this talk about her overmannered Sieglinde, I would say that this is one of her greatest Wagner performances...very touching and vocally magnificent.Read more ›
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Eric Krupin on December 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Most people seem to dismiss this "Walkure" because Hildegard Behrens isn't Kirsten Flagstad, Gary Lakes isn't Lauritz Melchior, and James Levine isn't Hans Knappertsbusch. Maybe so. (Although remember the wise old adage: "The Golden Age of opera is always the one you just missed.") But Wagner, more than any other composer, is about the total experience - not just golden throats. And if the participants here aren't clear firsts in every category, their consistent and cumulative excellence make this an extremely competitive candidate.

Let's start with Behrens as everyone's favorite Valkyrie. It's true that she lacks power in the mid-range. But the crucial high notes are strong and shiny. And though they are not as magnificent as Birgit Nilsson's, the outstanding digital sound in which they are captured is a nice consolation. (Opera, like politics, is an art of compromises.)

And Gary Lakes as Siegmund? I'm sure this heresy will earn me a bushel of "unhelpful" votes from the moldy figs. But I have the legendary 1935 Vienna Melchior/Lehmann/List "Walkure" Act I, and I'll take Mr. Lakes, thank you. His instrument may not be the equal of Melchior's Stradivarius, but it's a sweet fiddle all the same (lotsa helden in his tenor) and he plays it far more affectingly, in my opinion.

I'm also prepared to stack up Jessye Norman's almost dementedly passionate Sieglinde against any other essayer of the role. As the mother of the World's Greatest Hero, she ought not to be sung as a swooning Bavarian wildflower. With La Norman's lashing torrents of vocal power, when the character longs to have her shame avenged, you'll know she means it. And when she climactically calls her brother by his true name, you'll want a cigarette afterwards.
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