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The Rheingold Curse: A Germanic Saga of Greed and Revenge from the Medieval Icelandic Edda [Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import]

Sequentia , Benjamin Bagby , Agnethe Christensen , Lena Susanne Norin , Elizabeth Gaver , Norbert Rodenkirchen Audio CD
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  • Performer: Sequentia, Benjamin Bagby, Agnethe Christensen, Lena Susanne Norin, Elizabeth Gaver, et al.
  • Audio CD (March 12, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
  • Label: Marc Aurel Edition
  • ASIN: B000063RVT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #768,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Voluspa I (The Prophecy of the Seeress, part 1)
2. Reginsmal (The Lay of Regin)
3. Fafnismal (The Lay of Fafnir)
4. Sigrdrifomal (The Lay of Brynhild)
5. Instrumental interlude
6. Sigurdarkvida in scamma I (A Short Poem about Sigurd, part 1)
Disc: 2
1. Gudrunarkvida in Fyrsta (The First Lay of Gudrun)
2. Sigurdarkvida in scamma II (A Short Poem about Sigurd, part 2)
3. Gudrunarkvida onnor (The Second Lay of Gudrun)
4. Atlakvida (The Lay of Atli)
5. Voluspa II (The Prophecy of the Seeress, part 2)

Editorial Reviews

The Rheingold Curse - A Germanic Saga of Greed and Revenge from the Medieval Icelandic Edda - Reconstruction, by Benjamin Bagby, of the ancient Germanic Rheingold story from the Old Icelandic Edda. This is the oldest-known witness to the story of gold, greed and revenge which captivated Europe for centuries and which served as the basis for Richard Wagner's Ring des Nibelungen cycle. Three singers are joined by two instrumentalists to tell the story of Fafnir the dragon, the dwarf Regin, Sigurd the young hero, the Valkyrie Brünnhild and her beautiful rival, Gudrun; Atli the murderous Hunnish chieftain and many others. The story is framed by the visionary prophecy of the Seeress, telling of the beginning and ending of the world. -- With singers readers, drum, fiddle, flutes, and lyre. --- Recorded 2001 by DeutchandRadio and Wesdeutcher Rundfunk Köln - Recorded in DSD - Direct Stream Audio - DOES NOT REQUIRE SPECIAL EQUIPMENT TO PLAY - will play on standard CD players, including those in computers.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more interesting than the first "edda" recording April 29, 2002
While I found the musical tone of "Edda: Myths from Medieval Iceland" to be one of the most interesting things I have ever heard, simply due to its sheer difference from all modern sounds and genres of music, as well as from traditional "ethnic" music, the stories told in this CD are more interesting than the stories told in the first EDDA CD, but with the same haunting and otherworldly sound. The first CD set an atmosphere, this one brings you into it with gripping stories. By the end, you'll imagine that you speak icelandic, simply by following along with the liner translations while listening to the music.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By isala
This album is pure magic. Since early medieval music is so different from ours it is easy to make it "boring". Not so with The Rheigold Curse sung by Sequentia. They manage to stay true to the original style while still keeping the music dynamic and magical. It really feels like you are transposed to a world where the sword rules and dragons hide in the depths of rivers. For a real outerwordly experience try and listen to it in the darkness of winter - you will not regret it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing December 9, 2002
By A Customer
This CD is an incredible musical odyssey through the Old Norse version of parts of the Poetic Edda and the Niebelungenlied/Volsunga Saga. The music is intense and beautiful. I also was lucky enough to see this presentation live. Unfortunately the CD does not contain all the music from the live show.
If you're at all interested in Medieval Studies, Norse mythology or Icelandic Sagas, you should definitely pick this up.
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