Wagners Ring Cycle

May 14, 2013, 7:00 pm

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For most operas, a five-hour survey would more than cover every measure, every note – but not this one, Wagner’s crowning achievement. Bill helps us understand and enjoy this long and fanciful journey, with richly textured music that continues to grow in complexity as the operas proceed. Wagner spent a quarter of a century writing the libretto and composing the music that follows the struggles and dramas of gods, heroes, and mythical creatures. We will listen to orchestral preludes, arias, and more from The Rhinegold, The Valkyrie, Siegfried, and Twilight of the Gods.

Playlist

Episode 1

Carl Maria von Weber: Overture from Der Freischütz (excerpt)
Berlin Phil/Karajan
Karajan – Méditation – Overtures & Intermezzi
EMI 64629; :57

Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold (excerpts)
Vienna Phil/Solti
Wagner – Das Rheingold
London 455 556-2; 8:30, 2:18, 6:09, 2:30, 1:35, 4:33, 2:22, :32, 1:16, 1:07, 3:53, 6:15, 3:03

Episode 2

Richard Wagner: Die Walküre (excerpts)
NY Met Opera Chorus & Orchestra/Levine
Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen
DG 471678; 1:56, :15, :48, 1:13, 14:50, 2:57, 2:03, 1:10, :33, 5:48, 3:07, :36, 1:38, 1:15, 15:31

Episode 3

Richard Wagner: Die Walküre (excerpts)
NY Met Opera Chorus & Orchestra/Levine
Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen
DG 471678; 3:09, 3:51, 5:37, 9:13, 24:22

Richard Wagner: Forest Murmurs from Siegfried
Cleveland Orchestra/Szell
Wagner Without Words
CBS 46286; 4:37

Episode 4

Richard Wagner: Siegfried (excerpts)
Vienna Phil/Solti
Siegfried
London 455564; 5:04, :39, 2:46, :40, 1:08

Richard Wagner: Siegfried (excerpt)
NY Met Opera Chorus & Orchestra/Levine; Landsman, horn
Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen
DG 471678; 5:44

Richard Wagner: Siegfried, Act III (excerpts)
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orch/Pappano; Domingo, tenor; Voigt, soprano
Wagner: Love Duets
EMI 57004 2; 7:08, 7:45

Richard Wagner: Dawn & Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Götterdämmerung
Philadelphia Orch/Ormandy
Wagner: Highlights From The Ring
RCA 61850; 13:02

Episode 5

Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung (excerpts)
Vienna Phil/Solti
Wagner: Götterdämmerung
London 455569; 2:25, 17:21, 24:43

Anna Russell: The Ring of the Nibelungs – An Analysis (excerpt)
Anna Russell – The Anna Russell Album?
Sony 47252; 8:10