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Title: GOTTERDAMMERUNG-COMP OPERA
Street Release Date: 10/14/1997
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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.Read more ›
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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I haven't listened to this recording in years - well before I started posting reviews on Amazon - and I don't think I've listened to it straight through ever. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Robert B. Lamm
This opera of Gotterdammerung is one of my favorites of Richard Wagner because it is the third part of the Ring and it follows nicely with both his operas Siegfried and Die... Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by James D. Weinberg
A number of days ago, a friend of mine asked me what I deem as the greatest recording of the century. Read morePublished on January 14, 2009 by The Cultural Observer
The definite conclusion to the Ring Cycle is found here: Gotterdammerung. This is probably the most bombastic rendition I've ever heard. Read morePublished on September 7, 2007 by Eric S. Kim
Wagner aficionados tend toward extremes. It's a natural result of listening to Wagner's music, which encompasses all manner of extremes; duration, volume, demands upon the... Read morePublished on July 16, 2006 by R.P.
I remember in the Sixties when this Gotterdammerung came out and was greeted with lavish praise for its dramatic power, the impact of the sound, the incomparable Brunnhilde of... Read morePublished on September 28, 2005 by Santa Fe Listener
Wagner's opera GOTTERDAMMERUNG concludes the epic four opera DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN. The opera has all the elements of great drama. Read morePublished on March 17, 2004 by Timothy Kearney