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Richard Wagner: Die Walküre – The Valkyrie

CD: Simon Rattle – Wagner Walküre © BR-KLASSIK Label

With Richard Wagner’s “The Valkyrie” Sir Simon Rattle continues his cooperation with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The live recording of this concert performance from January / February 2019 is released on 4 CDs by BR-KLASSIK.

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To follow the release of its November 2015 recording of “Das Rheingold” – the “preliminary evening” of Richard Wagner’s cycle “Der Ring des Nibelungen” – BR-KLASSIK is now continuing the cycle with “The Valkyrie”. The concert performances were recorded on February 8 and 10, 2019 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz. With his “Rheingold”, Sir Simon Rattle has already decisively disproved the longstanding claim that he and Wagner were unsuited to one another. This next collaboration between the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the British conductor – with his white curls, wisdom, and confident pose on the cover – not only features a team of first-rate Wagner singers but also reveals once again how well Rattle understands and interprets Wagner’s music. Only a few months after the live event, this mighty music drama – a huge success with the public – is being released for the first time on four very fine CDs.

Reasons why “The Valkyrie” has become the most popular part of the tetralogy include the heart-rending encounters between the two Wälsungs Siegmund and Sieglinde, the all-too-human gods – and, of course, such musical highlights as Siegmund’s “Winter Storms” monologue, “The Ride of the Valkyries”, or “Wotan’s Farewell and Magic Fire Music”. Wotan, the father of the gods, is sung by the English bass-baritone James Rutherford; Elisabeth Kulman is back as his argumentative wife Fricka; Eric Halvarson, who was the giant Fafner in Rattle’s “Rheingold”, now sings the part of the evil Hunding. New additions to the star-studded ensemble of soloists include Irène Theorin as Wotan’s favourite daughter Brunnhilde, and Stuart Skelton and Eva-Maria Westbroek as the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde.

Rattle’s “The Valkyrie” was received with enthusiastic acclaim by concert audience and critics alike. The plan now is for Rattle’s concert performance of the entire “Ring” to reach its conclusion with “Siegfried” and “Götterdämmerung” in the new Munich Konzerthaus.

Stuart Skelton (Siegmund)
Eric Halfvarson (Hunding)
James Rutherford (Wotan)
Eva Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde)
Iréne Theorin (Brünnhilde)
Elisabeth Kulman (Fricka)
Alwyn Mellor (Gerhilde)
Anna Gabler (Ortlinde)
Jennifer Johnston (Waltraute)
Claudia Huckle (Schwertleite)
Katherine Broderick (Helmwige)
Eva Vogel (Siegrune)
Anna Lapkovskaja (Grimgerde)
Simone Schröder (Rossweiße)

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Sir Simon Rattle conductor

4 CD opera (multiset + extra booklet, 152 pages in slip case)
Product number: 900177
Total Time: CD 1: 61:16 / CD 2: 59:44 / CD 3: 29:13 / CD 4: 67:37

  • Wagner’s The Valkyrie continues the Ring cooperation between Simon Rattle and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
  • Excellent Wagner singers interpret the heartbreaking story of the Wälsung couple Siegmund and Sieglinde which, with its musical highlights, makes The Valkyrie one of Wagner’s most popular music dramas
  • Exciting live atmosphere, with the special acoustics of the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz