Wagner: The Ring - An Orchestral Adventure - Arranged By Henk De Vlieger (2014)

Wagner: The Ring - An Orchestral Adventure - Arranged By Henk De Vlieger (2014)

Artist: An Orchestral Adventure - Arranged By Henk De Vlieger
Title Of Album: Wagner: The Ring
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Bis
Genre: Classical
Quality: MP3
Bitrate: 320kbps
Total Time: 1:05:29
Total Size: 161 MB
Das Rheingold 12:14
01 Vorspiel 04:19
02 Das Rheingold 02:01
03 Nibelheim 02:19
04 Walhall 03:35
Die Walkure 07:27
05 Die Walkuren 03:53
06 Feuerzauber 03:34
Siegfried 15:06
07 Waldweben 02:14
08 Siegfrieds Heldentat 06:37
09 Brunnhildes Erwachen 06:15
Gotterdammerung 30:42
10 Siegfried und Brunnhilde 04:20
11 Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt 05:39
12 Siegfrieds Tod 05:43
13 Trauermusik 06:10
14 Brunnhildes Opfertat 08:50
Henk de Vlieger's orchestral arrangement of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle boils down this monumental music drama in four parts to a symphonic poem with a duration of a fifteenth of the original score. Unlike certain other arrangements, de Vlieger's follows the chronology of the operas so that the irrevocable process towards the twilight of the gods is clearly delineated. His method has been to select and link together the most important orchestral passages in the score, already closely interconnected as a result of Wagner’s leitmotif technique The excerpts have in most cases been taken over without alterations; only occasionally has an essential vocal line been replaced by wind instruments. Quite possibly, Wagner himself would have objected to the undertaking, but in fact one of his own strongly held convictions was that the text – or rather its content – should be continuously present, by means of the hidden-away orchestra exploring the dramatic background to the action presented on stage. With this orchestral arangement the turn has thus come for the Royal Swedish Orchestra to take its place on centre stage, in music which has been part of its repertoire for close to 120 years at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. (Some of that impressive history is reflected in the CD booklet through images from Ring productions past and present.) The conductor Lawrence Renes, recently named music director at the Royal Swedish Opera, has admired de Vlieger's arrangement since it was premièred, in 1991, by his own mentor, the conductor Edo de Waart. The arrangement has been recorded previously, but never before by a bona fide opera orchestra. The result is indeed an adventure, as well as a sonic spectacular, and an excellent calling card for a fine orchestra all too often relegated to the shadows.

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