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Wagner: Das Rheingold

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Everything the conductor Sir Simon Rattle touches "turns to gold". Everything except for the music dramas of Richard Wagner, that is! It has often been asserted, albeit without good reason, that Rattle and Wagner do not go together. This has now been conclusively disproved by the third collaboration between Rattle and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, together with a team of the very best Wagner singers. This concert performance of "Das Rheingold", the first opera in Wagner's mighty tetralogy "The Ring of the Nibelung", was performed in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz on April 24 and 25, 2015, and has now been brought out by BR KLASSIK on two CDs just a few months after the live event.


"This is the fifth performance since 2004 you may be able to access of the first Ring opera under Simon Rattle... "

"...It is also by some way the most penetrating and successfully realised..."

"...The sound from Munich's Herkulessaal is crystal clear, the balance of the voices almost ideal. Rattle and the orchestra's percussionists make sure that we never feel cheated of special sound effects, concert or not. Hugely recommended..."
--Mike Ashman,

"The conductor's mastery of orchestral texture is in bountiful evidence, beautifully captured by RB's engineers. The BRSO strings play with wonderfully lush tone; the brass is never blatant, always sumputous and enveloping."
--Fred Cohn, Opera News, March 2016

"Where this set stands out is in the handsomeness of the voices: there is no Wagnerian barking here." --Robert Levine, Stereophile, March 2016

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  • Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (November 13, 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: BR Klassik
  • ASIN: B0146RZ98K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,675 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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