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Media Type: CD
Artist: WAGNER,R.
Title: GOTTERDAMMERUNG-COMP OPERA
Street Release Date: 10/14/1997
Domestic
Genre: OPERA/OPERETTA

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Gotterdammerung: Prolog: Welch Lich leuchtet dort
  2. Gotterdammerung: Prolog: Treu beratner Vertraege Runen
  3. Gotterdammerung: Prolog: Es ragt die Burg, von Riesen gebaut
  4. Gotterdammerung: Prolog: Zu neuen Taten, teurer Helde
  5. Gotterdammerung: Prolog: Willst du mir Minne schenken
  6. Gotterdammerung: Prolog: O heilige Gotter!
  7. Gotterdammerung: Prolog: Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt
  8. Gotterdammerung: Erster Aufzug - Erste Szene: Nun hor, Hagen
  9. Gotterdammerung: Erste Aufzug - Erste Szene: Wen ratst du nun zu frein
  10. Gotterdammerung: Erster Aufzyg - Erste Szene: Jagt er auf Taten wonnig umher
  11. Gotterdammerung: Erstr Aufzug - Zweite Szene: Wer ist Gibichs Sohn?
  12. Gotterdammerung: Erster Aufzug - Zweite Szene: Begrusse froh, o Held
  13. Gotterdammerung: Erster Aufzug - Zweite Szene: Willcommen, Gast, In Gibichs Haus!

Disc: 2

  1. Gotterdammerung: Erster Aufzug - Zweite Szene: Deinem Bruder bot ich mich zum Mann
  2. Gotterdammerung: Erster Aufzug - Zweite Szene: Bluhenden Lebens labendes Blut
  3. Gotterdammerung: Erster Aufzug - Zweite Szene: Frisch auf die Fahrt!
  4. Gotterdammerung: Erster Aufzug - Zweite Szene: Hier sitz' ich zur Wacht
  5. Gotterdammerung: Erster Aufzug - Dritte Szene: Altgewohntes Geraeusch
  6. Gotterdammerung: Erster Aufzug - Dritte Szene: Hore mit Sinn, was ich dir sage!
  7. Gotterdammerung: Erster Aufzug - Dritte Szene: Welch banger Traeume Maren
  8. Gotterdammerung: Erster Aufzug - Dritte Szene: Was leckt so wutend
  9. Gotterdammerung: Erster Aufzug - Dritte Szene: Brunnhild'! Ein Freier kam

Disc: 3

  1. Gotterdammerung: Zweiter Aufzug: Vorspiel
  2. Gotterdammerung: Zweiter Aufzug - Erste Szene: Schaefst du, Hagen, mein Sohn?
  3. Gotterdammerung: Zweiter Aufzug - Zweite Szene: Hoiho, Hagen! Muder Mann!
  4. Gotterdammerung: Zweiter Aufzug - Zweite Szene: Heiss mich willkommen, Gibichskind!
  5. Gotterdammerung: Zweiter Aufzug - Dritte Szene: Hoiho! Hoihohoho!
  6. Gotterdammerung: Zweiter Aufzug - Vierte Szene: Heil dir, Gunther!
  7. Gotterdammerung: Zweiter Aufzug - Vierte Szene: Gegrusst sei, teurer Held
  8. Gotterdammerung: Zweiter Aufzug - Vierte Szene: Einen Ring sah ich an deiner Hand
  9. Gotterdammerung: Zweiter Aufzug - Vierte Szene: Heil'ge Gotter, himmlische Lenker!
  10. Gotterdammerung: Zweiter Aufzug - Vierte Szene: Helle Wehr! Heilige Waffe!
  11. Gotterdammerung: Zweiter Aufzug - Vierte Szene: Gunther, wehr deinem Weibe
  12. Gotterdammerung: Zweiter Aufzug - Funfte Szene: Welches Unholds List liegt hier verhohlen?
  13. Gotterdammerung: Zweiter Aufzug - Funfte Szene: Vertraue mir, betrogne Frau!
  14. Gotterdammerung: Zweiter Aufzug - Funfte Szene: Auf, Gunther, edler Gibichung!

Disc: 4

  1. Gotterdammerung: Dritter Aufzug - Vorspiel
  2. Gotterdammerung: Dritter Aufzug - Erste Szene: Frau Sonne sendet lichte Strahlen
  3. Gotterdammerung: Dritter Aufzug - Erste Szene: Ein Albe fuhrte mich irr
  4. Gotterdammerung: Dritter Aufzug - Erste Szene: Was leid' ich doch das karge Lob?
  5. Gotterdammerung: Dritter Aufzug - Erste Szene: Siegfried! Siegfried! Siegfried!
  6. Gotterdammerung: Dritter Aufzug - Zweite Szene: Hoiho!
  7. Gotterdammerung: Dritter Aufzug - Zweite Szene: Trink, Gunther, trink!
  8. Gotterdammerung: Dritter Aufzug - Zweite Szene: Mime hiess ein murrischer Zwerg
  9. Gotterdammerung: Dritter Aufzug - Zweite Szene: In Leid zu dem Wipfel lauscht' ich hinauf
  10. Gotterdammerung: Dritter Aufzug - Zweite Szene: Brunnhilde, heilige Braut!
  11. Gotterdammerung: Dritter Aufzug - Zweite Szene: Trauermusik beim Tode Siegfrieds
  12. Gotterdammerung: Dritter Aufzug - Dritte Szene: War das sein Horn?
  13. Gotterdammerung: Dritter Aufzug - Dritte Szene: Hoiho! Hoiho!
  14. Gotterdammerung: Dritter Aufzug - Dritte Szene: Nicht klage wider mich!
  15. Gotterdammerung: Dritter Aufzug - Dritte Szene: Schweigt eures Jammers
  16. Gotterdammerung: Dritter Aufzug - Dritte Szene: Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort
  17. Gotterdammerung: Dritter Aufzug - Dritte Szene: Mein Erbe nun nehm' ich zu eigen
  18. Gotterdammerung: Dritter Aufzug - Dritte Szene: Fliegt heim, ihr Raben!


Product Details

  • Performer: Vienna State Opera Chorus
  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (October 14, 1997)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000042H8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As the 3rd act (and finale) of the Ring cycle (with Walkure being act 1, Siegfried as act 2, and Rheingold as a prelude), it contains some of the most powerful music by Wagner, and needless to say, some of the most powerful music.

What is meant by powerful? Well, it is literal: This opera is full of power, in both its drama and its music. As such, it requires powerful singing, a powerful hand to control the music, and musicianship that can rise to the level needed to bring the impact of the power of this work to its fullest. The Solti Gotterdammerung does precisely that.

Gotterdammerung also contains some basic orchestral standards that are unsurpassed in this recording:

1. Dawn and Siegfried's Journey to the Rhine--The only comparable version I've heard of this piece is Furtwangler's, and his "Dawn" is just amazing! Solti comes close, which is quite good. Furthermore, the pace and power of the Rhine music is just right. The brass (often dominant) and the strings (with their sweep) are intricately balanced. The net effect is extremely thrilling.

2. Siegfried's March--A difficult piece to conduct right. The version captured here is actually at a faster pace than Solti wanted, but Culshaw wanted the music to flow strongly. I agree with the assessment, and as a result, we have a fantastic interpretation of a potentially delicate piece. Too slow, and the effect is lost; too fast, and there is a lack of the severity and solemnity of the scene.

3. Immolation Scene--This is where "the fat lady sings." Many of the leitmotifs of the opera come together in massive interweaving of thrilling music. It is sometimes difficult music to listen to in the sense that there is considerable amount of chromaticism employed.
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By A Customer on July 4, 2000
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Lucky enough to hear the Met's recent "Ring" production, I found this recording absolutely breathtaking. With Solti no longer with us, it is sometimes easy to forget the energy he brought to every piece of music he performed. No more so than with Wagner and "Gotterdammerung." He gives the music so much power and bite that it feels like a living thing. And the remastered recording is simply superb. The incomparable Nilsson's voice floats over the entire endeavor with a musicality that is remarkable given the vocal demands of the opera. For me, though, Windgassen's Siegfried stole the show. It feels at times that he is laughing at Wagner's vocal pyrotechnics. This is truly a recording for the ages.
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By A Customer on June 26, 2000
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The solists are stunning, and the choral work in Gotterdammerung is superb. Solti works so well with this orchestra, and this is my favorite recording of this incredible and vast work. I have listened many, many times. One never tires through repeated listenings. What an orchestra! What a conductor! What a soloists! A brilliant and stunning recording!
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While I like all of the Solti recordings of the Ring operas, I disagree that his ring cycle is "definitive" - except for this recording of Gotterdammerung.
Solti's Gotterdammerung is the best of the cycle. The sound effects are marvelous; there is thunder in Act I when Waltraute visits Brunnhilde on the rock. When Siegfried (Windgassen) takes Brunnhilde as Gunther in Act I, his voice is lowered electronically to sound like Gunther. The use of real steerhorns in Act II is also a nice touch.
The cast is also the best I've ever heard. Gottlob Frick as Hagen is the most menacing Hagen I've heard. Claire Watson as Gutrune is a good choice. She has an angelic voice, which makes it more convincing that Siegfried would forsake Brunnhilde for Gutrune. (I would!) Windgassen is great in the role of Siegfried, and the incomparible Brigit Nilsson as Brunnhilde can't be improved on.
The orchestral coloring is wonderful, and Solti creates an electrifying Ring.
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By A Customer on October 16, 1999
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I was a Wagner fan nearly before I understood a thing about opera. How could that have been, you may ask. It was the result of seeing that the Fat Lady With Horns actually came from his operas! I fell in love with the immolation scene when first exposed to it in a movie called Interrupted Melody, about the life of Marjorie Lawrence. Later a friend gave me a record set introducing the London recording of the ring. I was hooked. When I finally bought the whole of the ring cycle ( which was very expensive ) I was thrilled! I love Gotterdammerung best of all. I bought the score just so I could follow it. What I really love about this recording, other than the wonderful voices singing in it, is the faithful reading of Wagner's score. Yes, I mean faithful! We don't have the Niceties of the Karajan recordings, but the real crudeties Wagner intended with the use of SteerHorns in the second act! They add a thrill that I have never gotten over! The drama is thrilling and pulsating, no dull hours of boring heavy uneventful nothing, which Wagner can easily slip into. The underlying hate and jealousy in the minds of the characters is very much alive! I have bought many of the newer recordings of the Ring, and quite frankly, even if some of them are conducted with more clarity in the orchestra, none, not even the one given with the cast that lead the broadcast performances given from the Met, are as immediate or as thrilling as this recording is. It is still the best buy ( and the only one which is faithful to Wagner -- steerhorns, Wagner never accepted the use of trombones in their place! ).
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