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

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Track Listings

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)


Product Details

  • 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: #894,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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By A Customer on December 9, 2002
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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