Reginald Goodall - Wagner: The Ring Cycle 16 CD Box Set (2001) (MP3)
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Reginald Goodall - Wagner: The Ring Cycle 16 CD Box Set (2001) (MP3)

Artist: Reginald Goodall
Title Of Album: Wagner: The Ring Cycle
Year Of Release: 2001
Label: Chandos
Genre: Classical
Quality: MP3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Time: 16:51:01 min
Total Size: 2,3 Gb
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This magnificent set of CDs - previously available as four separate releases - is a record in the original and most valuable sense of the term: live performances from the London Coliseum, home of the English National Opera, made during that company's first great golden period and capturing for posterity one of their finest achievements: Wagner's huge Ring cycle of music-dramas, performed not by jet-setting international star names but by an ensemble company of (mostly) home-grown singers and orchestral players, the whole thing painstakingly, lovingly and thrillingly moulded by a shy little man whom next to nobody had heard of until the company brought him into the limelight.
Above everything else this is conductor Reginald Goodall's Ring; his knowledge and love of the music pervade every second. And then it's the singers' Ring: Rita Hunter, Alberto Remedios, Norman Bailey and so many others, performing with a lyrical and dramatic intensity which they rarely equalled elsewhere. And though I come to him last, perhaps it should have been first: this is writer Andrew Porter's Ring: few who were there as it was unveiled stage-by-stage will forget how his newly-commissioned English translation brought the conflict to such vivid life.
Of course, there are minor quibbles: some tempi are too slow and the pace falters; those who dislike such things should know that there are various stage (and occasionally off-stage) noises, thumps and bumps. An audience member who should have been taken out and shot blows his or her nose during one of the very quietest orchestral passages. But if you're in tune with the atmosphere, the excitement, the sheer sense of a great project triumphantly brought off - then it doesn't matter. None of it matters. This set is vibrant and alive from beginning to end; you can practically smell it.
In sum: a splendid, vivid, invaluable experience of a revelatory production that has never been equalled. I thought I knew The Ring - and then I heard these performances. If you were there, you'll want these CDs. If you weren't there, buy them anyway, listen and marvel - and then wish devoutly that you had been.
Performer: Derek Hammond-Stroud, Norman Bailey, Norman Welsby, English National Opera Movement Group, Ann Howard, et al.
Orchestra: English National Opera Chorus & Orchestra, English National Opera Orchestra, Sadler’s Wells Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Reginald Goodall
Composer: Richard Wagner
BOXes:
1. The Rhinegold [3 CD]
2. The Valkyrie [4 CD]
3. Siegfried [4CD]
4. Twilight of the Gods [5CD]

Norman Bailey - Wotan
Derek Hammond-Stroud - Alberich
Norman Welsby - Donner
Robert Lloyd - Fasolt
Lois McDonall - Freia
Valerie Masterson - Woglinde
Shelagh Squires - Wellgunde
Katherine Pring - Fricka
Helen Attfield - Flosshilde
Anne Collins - Erda
Emile Belcourt - Loge
Gregory Dempsey - Mime
Robert Ferguson - Froh
Clifford Grant - Fafner
English National Opera Chorus
English National Opera Orchestra
Cond. Reginald Goodall
Recorded in:
London Coliseum 10, 19, 25&29 Margh 1975
Disc: 1
1. Scene 1. Orchestral prelude
2. Scene 1. Weia! Waga! Wandering waters
3. Scene 1. He, he! You nixies!
4. Scene 1. Slimy, slippery, slithery smoothness!
5. Scene 1. Look, sisters! The sunlight is greeting the gold
6. Scene 1. What's that, you nixies...?
7. Scene 1. The world's wealth can be mine...?
8. Scene 1. Still not afraid? / Orchestral interlude
9. Scene 2. Wotan, my lord! Awaken!
10. Scene 2. For I wished you faithful and true
11. Scene 2. Then shelter her now
12. Scene 2. Soft sleep closed your eyes
13. Scene 2. God of light, light of spirit!
14. Scene 2. To me, Freia! Back from her, giant!
Disc: 2
1. Scene 2. This bond is graved on my spear's strong shaft
2. Scene 2. What? How am I concerned in a contract?
3. Scene 2. Never one word of praise or thanks!
4. Scene 2. But one I found then
5. Scene 2. So I promised I'd tell you the story
6. Scene 2. A toy, while it was in the waters
7. Scene 2. And I should possess it!
8. Scene 2. Hear, Wotan, I'll speak my last word!
9. Scene 2. Over rock and stone they stride
10. Scene 2. I see now! Hear what is wrong!
11. Scene 2. Come, Loge, descend with me! / Orchestral interlude
12. Scene 3. Hehe! Hehe! Come here! Come here!
13. Scene 3. Ha, you rogue!
14. Scene 3. Nibelheim here
15. Scene 3. Better take care! Alberich's near
16. Scene 3. What brought you here?
17. Scene 3. In the clouds, you great ones
18. Scene 3. All must stand in amazement
Disc: 3
1. Scene 3. Ohe! Ohe! Terrible dragon
2. Scene 3. Now swiftly up! / Orchestral interlude
3. Scene 4. There, Alberich, sit on your throne!
4. Scene 4. And now the Niblungs will come to my call
5. Scene 4. The gold lies there; now let me go
6. Scene 4. Am I now free? (Alberich's curse)
7. Scene 4. Fasolt and Fafner come this way
8. Scene 4. Wait! Don't touch her yet!
9. Scene 4. Far too loose you're piling the gold
10. Scene 4. Freia, the fair one, see I no more
11. Scene 4. Yield it, Wotan, yield it! (Erda's warning)
12. Scene 4. Hear, you giants!
13. Scene 4. Stop, you greedy one!
14. Scene 4. Your luck, Wotan, what could surpass it?
15. Scene 4. Sweltering mists hang in the air... Heda! Heda! Hedo!
16. Scene 4. Evening rays flood the sky with splendour
17. Scene 4. Rhinegold! Rhinegold! (Entry of the Gods into Valhalla)

Alberto Remedios - Siegmund
Clifford Grant - Hunding
Norman Bailey - Wotan
Margaret Curphey - Sieglinde
Rita Hunter - Brünnhilde
Ann Howard - Fricka
Katie Clarke - Gerhilde
Anne Conoley - Ortlinde
Elizabeth Connell - Waltraute
Helen Attfield - Schwertleite
Anne Evans - Helmwige
Sarah Walker - Wiegrune
Shelagh Squires - Grimgerde
Anne Collins - Rossweisse
English National Opera Chorus
English National Opera Orchestra
Reginald Goodall
Recorded in:
London Coliseum - 18, 20 and 23 December 1975
Disc: 1
1. Act 1. Prelude
2. Act 1. Scene 1. The storm drove me here
3. Act 1. Scene 1. This house and this wife
4. Act 1. Scene 1. Evil fortune's never far from me
5. Act 1. Scene 2. There he lay, feeble and faint
6. Act 1. Scene 2. Through field and forest
7. Act 1. Scene 2. Friedmund no one could call me
8. Act 1. Scene 2. The Neidings raided again
9. Act 1. Scene 2. So the Norn who dealt you this fate
10. Act 1. Scene 2. I know a troublesome race
11. Act 1. Scene 3. A sword was pledged by my father
12. Act 1. Scene 3. Are you awake?
13. Act 1. Scene 3. My husband's kinsmen
14. Act 1. Scene 3. Yes, loveliest bride
15. Act 1. Scene 3. Winter storms have vanished (Siegmund's Spring Song)
16. Act 1. Scene 3. You are the Spring
17. Act 1. Scene 3. Oh sweetest enchantment
18. Act 1. Scene 3. The stream has shown my reflected face
19. Act 1. Scene 3. Siegmund call me, and Siegmund am I!
20. Act 1. Scene 3. Siegmund, the Wälsung, here you see!
Disc: 2
1. Act 2. Scene 1. Go bridle your horse, warrior maid!
2. Act 2. Scene 1. Hoyotoho! Hoyotoho! (Brünnhilde's Battle Cry)
3. Act 2. Scene 1. The usual storm, the usual strife!
4. Act 2. Scene 1. Pretend that you don't understand!
5. Act 2. Scene 1. Now it's come to pass!
6. Act 2. Scene 1. So this is the end of the gods and their glory
7. Act 2. Scene 1. You never learn what I would teach you
8. Act 2. Scene 1. What must I do?
9. Act 2. Scene 1. Hiaha! Hiaha! Hoyotoho!
10. Act 2. Scene 2. Fricka has won the fight
11. Act 2. Scene 2. When youth's delightful pleasures had waned
12. Act 2. Scene 2. She refused to reveal more about it
13. Act 2. Scene 2. There's more to tell
14. Act 2. Scene 2. Yet one can accomplish what I may not
15. Act 2. Scene 2. But the Wälsung, Siegmund
16. Act 2. Scene 2. Then Siegmund must fall in his fight?
17. Act 2. Scene 2. I give you my blessing, Nibelung son!
18. Act 2. Scene 2. No, have mercy
Disc: 3
1. Act 2. Scene 2. So I obey his command
2. Act 2. Scene 3. Rest here for a while; stay by my side!
3. Act 2. Scene 3. Away! Away!
4. Act 2. Scene 3. Where are you, Siegmund?
5. Act 2. Scene 4. Siegmund! Look at me! (Announcement of Death)
6. Act 2. Scene 4. And if I come
7. Act 2. Scene 4. Then greet for me Walhall
8. Act 2. Scene 4. Woe! Woe! Sister and bride
9. Act 2. Scene 4. Two lives now lie in your power
10. Act 2. Scene 5. Charms of sleep are sent to still
11. Act 2. Scene 5. Wehwalt! Wehwalt!
Disc: 4
1. Act 3. Scene 1. Hoyotoho! Hoyotoho! (Ride of the Valkyries)
2. Act 3. Scene 1. Shield me and help
3. Act 3. Scene 1. Hear while I tell you
4. Act 3. Scene 1. Pray suffer no sorrow for me
5. Act 3. Scene 1. Fly him swiftly away to the east!
6. Act 3. Scene 1. O radiant wonder! (Parting Salute)
7. Act 3. Scene 1. Stay, Brünnhild!
8. Act 3. Scene 2. Where is Brünnhild?
9. Act 3. Scene 2. Weak-spirited, womanish brood!
10. Act 3. Scene 2. Here am I, father
11. Act 3. Scene 2. No more will you ride from Walhall
12. Act 3. Scene 2. Did you not hear what I decreed?
13. Act 3. Scene 3. Was it so shameful
14. Act 3. Scene 3. I know so little
15. Act 3. Scene 3. You, who this love into my heart revealed
16. Act 3. Scene 3. You indulged your love
17. Act 3. Scene 3. Unworthy of you this foolish maid
18. Act 3. Scene 3. You fathered a glorious race
19. Act 3. Scene 3. Farewell, my valiant, glorious child! (Wotan's Farewell)
20. Act 3. Scene 3. These eyes so warm and so bright
21. Act 3. Scene 3. Loge, hear! Come at my call!
22. Act 3. Scene 3. Magic Fire Music

Alberto Remedios - Siegfried
Gregory Dempsey - Mime
Norman Bailey - Wotan
Derek Hammond-Stroud - Alberich
Clifford Grant - Fafner
Anne Collins - Erda
Rita Hunter - Brünnhilde
Maurine London - Voice of the Woodbird
Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra
Reginald Goodall
Recorded in:
London Coliseum - 2, 8 & 21 August 1973
Disc: 1
1. Act 1. Prelude
2. Act 1. Scene 1. Wearisome labour!
3. Act 1. Scene 1. Hoiho! Hoiho!
4. Act 1. Scene 1. Well, there are the pieces
5. Act 1. Scene 1. A whimpering babe
6. Act 1. Scene 1. Much you've taught to me, Mime
7. Act 1. Scene 1. I found once in the wood
8. Act 1. Scene 1. And now these fragments
9. Act 1. Scene 1. He storms away!
10. Act 1. Scene 2. Hail there, worthy smith!
11. Act 1. Scene 2. I sit by your hearth
12. Act 1. Scene 2. What you needed to know
13. Act 1. Scene 2. The fragments! The sword!

Disc: 2
1. Act 1. Scene 3. Accursed light!
2. Act 1. Scene 3. Hey there! You idler!
3. Act 1. Scene 3. Have you not felt within the woods
4. Act 1. Scene 3. Give me these pieces
5. Act 1. Scene 3. Notung! Notung! Sword of my need!
6. Act 1. Scene 3. Hoho! Hoho! Hohi! (Forging Song)
7. Act 2. Prelude
8. Act 2. Scene 1. In gloomy night by Fafner's cave I wait
9. Act 2. Scene 1. To Neidhöhl by night I have come
10. Act 2. Scene 1. Not my plan!
11. Act 2. Scene 1. Fafner! Fafner! You dragon, wake!
12. Act 2. Scene 1. Now, Alberich! That plan failed!
13. Act 2. Scene 2. We go no further!
14. Act 2. Scene 2. So he's no father of mine
Disc: 3
1. Act 2. Scene 2. Could I but know (Forest Murmurs)
2. Act 2. Scene 2. See my mother - (Forest Murmurs)
3. Act 2. Scene 2. Ha ha! At last with my call
4. Act 2. Scene 2. Who are you, youthful hero
5. Act 2. Scene 2. The dead can tell no tidings
6. Act 2. Scene 3. Hehe! Sly and slippery knave
7. Act 2. Scene 3. Tarnhelm and ring, here they are
8. Act 2. Scene 3. Be welcome, Siegfried
9. Act 2. Scene 3. You lie there too, mighty dragon
10. Act 3. Prelude
11. Act 3. Scene 1. Waken, Wala! Wala! Awake!
12. Act 3. Scene 1. You unwise one, learn what I will
13. Act 3. Scene 2. I see that Siegfried's near

Disc: 4
1. Act 3. Scene 2. My woodbird fluttered away
2. Act 3. Scene 2. Young man, hear me
3. Act 3. Scene 2. Child, if you knew who I am
4. Act 3. Scene 2. With his spear in splinters
5. Act 3. Scene 3. Here in the sunlight
6. Act 3. Scene 3. Come, my sword!
7. Act 3. Scene 3. Hail, bright sunlight!
8. Act 3. Scene 3. Siegfried! Siegfried! Glorious hero!
9. Act 3. Scene 3. And there is Grane, my sacred horse
10. Act 3. Scene 3. Oh! I cared always

Alberto Remedios tenor - Siegfried
Norman Welsby baritone - Gunther
Aage Haugland bass - Hagen
Derek Hammond-Stroud baritone - Alberich
Rita Hunter soprano - Brünnhilde
Margaret Curphey soprano - Gutrune
Katherine Pring mezzo-soprano - Waltraute
Norns
Anne Collins contralto - First Norn
Gillian Knight mezzo-soprano - Second Norn
Anne Evans soprano - Third Norn
Rhinemaidens
Valerie Masterson soprano - Woglinde
Shelagh Squires mezzo-soprano - Wellgunde
Helen Attfield contralto - Flosshilde
English National Opera Chorus
English National Opera Orchestra
Cond - Reginald Goodall
Recorded in: London Coliseum live; 6, 13 & 27 August 1977
Disc: 1
1. Prelude. What light shines down there?
2. Prelude. Wotan made holy laws and treaties
3. Prelude. That mighty hall the giants have raised
4. Prelude. Now the god will seize the spear that was shattered
5. Prelude. Dawn music / To deeds of glory
6. Prelude. Ah, but to prove you love me
7. Prelude. Love, I leave you alone
8. Prelude. So by your daring I am fired
9. Prelude. O heavenly rulers!
10. Prelude. Siegfried's Rhine Journey
11. Act 1. Scene 1. Now hear, Hagen
12. Act 1. Scene 1. What woman should I wed...?
13. Act 1. Scene 1. At Neidhöhle the Nibelung gold was guarded
14. Act 1. Scene 1. You mock me, wicked Hagen!
15. Act 1. Scene 1. Merrily seeking adventures and fame
16. Act 1. Scene 2. Which is Gibich's son?
17. Act 1. Scene 2. I welcome you, my friend
18. Act 1. Scene 2. That treasure I quite forgot
19. Act 1. Scene 2. Welcome, O guest, to Gibich's house!
Disc: 2
1. Act 1. Scene 2. With your brother I promised to serve
2. Act 1. Scene 2. I fear not the flames
3. Act 1. Scene 2. Flourishing life's refreshing blood
4. Act 1. Scene 2. Now on our way!
5. Act 1. Scene 2. I sit here and wait (Hagen's Watch)
6. Act 1. Scene 3. Sounds I once knew so well
7. Act 1. Scene 3. You've come to me?
8. Act 1. Scene 3. Fear and dread I read in your features!
9. Act 1. Scene 3. Hear me with care, and I will tell you!
10. Act 1. Scene 3. These tales of evil fancies
11. Act 1. Scene 3. Upon your hand, the ring
12. Act 1. Scene 3. Go home to the sacred clan of the gods!
13. Act 1. Scene 3. Borne on the wind
14. Act 1. Scene 3. Brünnhild! Your husband comes
15. Act 1. Scene 3. The night draws on
16. Act 1. Scene 3. Now nothing can save me
Disc: 3
1. Act 2. Scene 1. Prelude
2. Act 2. Scene 1. Sleep you, Hagen, my son?
3. Act 2. Scene 1. The might of the gods
4. Act 2. Scene 1. That ring shall be Hagen's
5. Act 2. Scene 2. Hoiho! Hagen! Fast asleep?
6. Act 2. Scene 2. Yet my Siegfried was with Brünnhild?
7. Act 2. Scene 2. I can see a sail in the distance
8. Act 2. Scene 3. Hoiho! Hoihohoho! (Hagen summons the vassals)
9. Act 2. Scene 3. Come to my call, and arm yourselves!
10. Act 2. Scene 3. Glad times have come
11. Act 2. Scene 4. Welcome, Gunther!
12. Act 2. Scene 4. I greet you, noble friend
13. Act 2. Scene 4. Ha! - Siegfried stole it
14. Act 2. Scene 4. Hear in Walhall, mighty immortals!
15. Act 2. Scene 4. Would you defile your name so lightly?
16. Act 2. Scene 4. Shining steel! Holiest weapon!
17. Act 2. Scene 4. Gunther, look to your wife there
18. Act 2. Scene 5. Dark, unholy powers lie here around me!
19. Act 2. Scene 5. Have trust in me, offended wife!
20. Act 2. Scene 5. Can no weapon's point then pierce him?
21. Act 2. Scene 5. Deceived am I - and deceiver!
22. Act 2. Scene 5. Since this blow must be dealt her
Disc: 4
1. Act 3. Prelude
2. Act 3. Scene 1. Fair sunlight, shine on us in splendour
3. Act 3. Scene 1. Fair sunlight, send to us the hero
4. Act 3. Scene 1. A goblin led me astray
5. Act 3. Scene 1. Siegfried, if we find your bear
6. Act 3. Scene 1. Why should I let them laugh and jeer?
7. Act 3. Scene 1. Siegfried... Evil lies in that ring
8. Act 3. Scene 1. Siegfried... Give heed to our words
9. Act 3. Scene 1. Come, sisters! Flee from this madman!
10. Act 3. Scene 2. Hoiho!
11. Act 3. Scene 2. You drove the game away from us
12. Act 3. Scene 2. Drink, Gunther, drimk
13. Act 3. Scene 2. Mine was a hideous dwarf (Siegfried's Narration)
14. Act 3. Scene 2. Now you must hear what happened next
15. Act 3. Scene 2. Ring and Tarnhelm - both I had found
16. Act 3. Scene 2. In grief I watched the branches above
Disc: 5
1. Act 3. Scene 2. Brünnhilde! Holiest bride!
2. Act 3. Scene 2. Siegfried's Funeral March
3. Act 3. Scene 3. Was that his horn?
4. Act 3. Scene 3. Ah, if Siegfried were back!
5. Act 3. Scene 3. Cast not the blame on me
6. Act 3. Scene 3. Peace with your cries of useless lament!
7. Act 3. Scene 3. Poor creature, peace!
8. Act 3. Scene 3. Sturdy branches, building his pyre (Brünnhilde's Immolation)
9. Act 3. Scene 3. The sun in radiance shines from his eyes
10. Act 3. Scene 3. O you, you guardians
11. Act 3. Scene 3. My heritage I claim from the hero
12. Act 3. Scene 3. Fly home, you ravens!
13. Act 3. Scene 3. Give back the ring!
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