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Siegried Import

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Disc: 1
1. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Vorspiel
2. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Zwangvolle Plage! Müh' ohne Zweck!
3. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Hoiho! Hoiho!
4. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Als zullendes Kind zog ich dich auf,
5. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Vieles lehrtest du, Mime,
6. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Mein Kind, das hehrt dich kennen,
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Disc: 2
1. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 2. Vorspiel
2. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 2. In Wald und Nacht
3. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 2. Wer naht dort schimmernd im Schatten
4. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 2. Deine Sinn kenn' ich;
5. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 2. Fafner! Fafner! erwache, Wurm!
6. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 2. Nun, Alberich, das schlug fehl!
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Disc: 3
1. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 3. Wache! Wache! Wala, erwach'!
2. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 3. Stark ruft das Lied;
3. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 3. Die Walküre mein'st du,
4. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 3. Dir Unweisen ruf ich ins Ohr
5. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 3. Mein Vöglein schwebte mir fort;
6. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 3. Kenntest du mich kühner Spross,
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 24, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Myto Records Italy
  • ASIN: B000C1OZ12
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theodore Shulman on May 13, 2009
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OK this cast is almost all inferior to the 1950s-early60s Bayreuth cast, (Windgassen-Hotter-Greindl-Neidlinger-etc.) but that's a very high bar to set; the cast here is very very good.

Starting with Jean Cox. He's a beautiful heldentenor, bigger than many, and a fine actor, who sings with no trace of Alabama accent. I bought this because I liked him so much as Walther on the Varviso MEISTERSINGER and I am not disappointed.

Same with Ms. Kniplova. Not in the same class as Nilsson, Flagstad, Varnay, Modl, and Grob-Prandl, but plenty good.

Karl Ridderbusch isn't quite low enough--his low F and F# have no vibrato at all (he never recorded Osmin and I've never seen a Sarastro on record) and are significantly softer than everything else; and, contrary to what one might expect from the stories one reads about his offstage behavior and his swastika tatoo and the elaborate Hitler-shrine he kept in his basement and showed to shocked visitors when he got drunk, nasty characters are not his best fach. He's better at benevolent big guys who sing between D-above-MidC and A-above-LowF. Daland, Pogner, Heinrich der Vogler. Even so, he's not bad at all as Fafner.

Alas, the same cannot be said of Theo Adam as the Wanderer. He's not as bad here as elsewhere but he still has all Hotter's faults--wobble and a very specific-to-himself tone, like it's his character rather than Wagner's--but none of Hotter's virtues. He's wobbly AND boring. His best asset is size.

And Zoltan Kelemen is an inadequate substitute for Gustav Neidlinger (PeaceBeUponHim) as Alberich. Kelemen's "ah" vowel is not nasal enough, it's a foreign-sounding, throaty "aw". Another reviewer accurately described his Alberich as "a nasty little thing". I would add, one-dimensional.
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By EleniGold on January 24, 2014
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A very good Siegfried indeed. Jean Cox is largely forgotten these days. I believe he passed away a few months ago about the same time as Sawallisch. Never as dominant nor as famous of some of his predecessors -- Aldenhoff, Treptow, Windgassen, Hopf etc. -- he nevetheless was an excellent singer and actor. Here his Siegfried is truly the performance of a full blown heldentenor -- perhaps one of the last of the breed. Siegfried is probably the most difficult role in the Ring and its length has been the pitfall of many a tenor. Not so here. Cox is right on, and in Act 3 he never falters (think of Set Svanholm In Furtwangler's La Scala Ring). The finale with Cox and Kniplova is well done though I feel a bit of a reticence on Kniplova's part. Again, as in Walkure, she does seem to do better with the role's more dramatic moments rather than the lyrical aspects of the drama. Her awakening is stunning, but she seems to fall back into herself during the lyrical moments. All the notes are there -- both top and bottom. A little of Martha Modl's intensity would have made her performance better.

Erwin Wohlfahrt is excellent as Mime. By this time in his career the role belonged to him and no one else. His Mime is not a caricature, but a full blown portrait of an evil but conflicted dwarf who may in his own twisted way love the boy whom he raised to adulthood despite his ultimate intent to destroy him after he secured the ring. This was Wohlfahrt's last performance before he died of a virus a few months later at age 37. A terrible loss! I reiterate from previous reviews that Theo Adam was never on my list of great Wotans. He had always left me cold, but, for whatever reason, in Rome he was very good.
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