Wiener Staatsoper – Richard Wagner : Das Rheingold (L’Or du Rhin) (2013/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

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Wiener Staatsoper – Richard Wagner : Das Rheingold (L’Or du Rhin) (2013/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:28:07 minutes | 2,53 GB | Genre: Classical
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Das Rheingold (About this soundpronunciation The Rhinegold), WWV 86A, is the first of the four music dramas that constitute Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, (English: The Ring of the Nibelung). It was performed, as a single opera, at the National Theatre Munich on 22 September 1869, and received its first performance as part of the Ring cycle at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, on 13 August 1876.

Wagner wrote the Ring librettos in reverse order, so that Das Rheingold was the last of the texts to be written; it was, however, the first to be set to music. The score was completed in 1854, but Wagner was unwilling to sanction its performance until the whole cycle was complete; he worked intermittently on this music until 1874. The 1869 Munich premiere of Das Rheingold was staged, much against Wagner’s wishes, on the orders of his patron, King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Following its 1876 Bayreuth premiere, the Ring cycle was introduced into the worldwide repertory, with performances in all the main opera houses, in which it has remained a regular and popular fixture.

In his 1851 essay Opera and Drama, Wagner had set out new principles as to how music dramas should be constructed, under which the conventional forms of opera (arias, ensembles, choruses) were rejected. Rather than providing word-settings, the music would interpret the text emotionally, reflecting the feelings and moods behind the work, by using a system of recurring leitmotifs to represent people, ideas and situations. Das Rheingold was Wagner’s first work that adopted these principles, and his most rigid adherence to them, despite a few deviations – the Rhinemaidens frequently sing in ensemble.

As the “preliminary evening” within the cycle, Das Rheingold gives the background to the events that drive the main dramas of the cycle. It recounts Alberich’s theft of the Rhine gold after his renunciation of love; his fashioning of the all-powerful ring from the gold and his enslavement of the Nibelungs; Wotan’s seizure of the gold and the ring, to pay his debt to the giants who have built his fortress Valhalla; Alberich’s curse on the ring and its possessors; Erda’s warning to Wotan to forsake the ring; the early manifestation of the curse’s power after Wotan yields the ring to the giants; and the gods’ uneasy entry into Valhalla, under the shadow of their impending doom.

Tracklist:
1-1. Christian Thielemann – Vorspiel (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (04:42)
1-2. Ileana Tonca – Weia! Waga! Woge du Welle! (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (02:32)
1-3. Ileana Tonca – Garstig glatter glitschriger Glimmer! (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (05:13)
1-4. Ileana Tonca – Wallala! Lalaleia! Leialalei! (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (02:31)
1-5. Ileana Tonca – Lugt, Schwestern! Die Weckerin lacht in den Grund (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (06:22)
1-6. Ileana Tonca – Der Welt Erbe Gewänn’ ich zu eigen durch dich? (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (04:46)
1-7. Alexandra Reinprecht – Wotan! Gemahl! Erwache! (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (09:18)
1-8. Alexandra Reinprecht – Sanft schloß Schlaf dein Aug’ (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (06:56)
1-9. Alexandra Reinprecht – Zu mir, Freia! (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (01:33)
1-10. Janina Baechle – Endlich, Loge! (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (03:47)
1-11. Janina Baechle – Immer ist Undank Loges Lohn! (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (07:03)
1-12. Janina Baechle – Ein Runenzauber zwingt das Gold zum Reif (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (03:17)
1-13. Alexandra Reinprecht – Hör’, Wotan, der Harrenden Wort! (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (02:45)
1-14. Janina Baechle – Was sinnt nun Wotan so wild? (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (04:32)
1-15. Janina Baechle – Auf, Loge, hinab mit mir! (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (04:10)
1-16. Wolfgang Schmidt – Hehe! Hehe! hieher! (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (00:44)
2-17. Wolfgang Schmidt – Schau, Du Schelm! (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (02:51)
2-18. Adrian Erod – Nibelheim hier (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (04:57)
2-19. Adrian Erod – Nehmt euch in acht! (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (08:26)
2-20. Adrian Erod – Vergeh, frevelnder Gauch! (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (04:48)
2-21. Adrian Erod – Ohe! Ohe! Schreckliche Schlange (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (07:07)
2-22. Adrian Erod – Da, Vetter, sitze du fest! (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (05:15)
2-23. Adrian Erod – Gezahlt hab’ ich, nun laßt mich ziehn! (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (05:48)
2-24. Adrian Erod – Bin ich nun frei? Wirklich frei? (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (04:05)
2-25. Janina Baechle – Fasolt und Fafner nahen von fern (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (04:43)
2-26. Alexandra Reinprecht – Gepflanzt sind die Pfähle nach Pfandes Maß (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (05:43)
2-27. Janina Baechle – Weiche, Wotan, weiche! (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (05:07)
2-28. Alexandra Reinprecht – Hört, ihr Riesen! (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (06:25)
2-29. Herbert Lippert – Schwüles Gedünst schwebt in der Luft (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (03:32)
2-30. Janina Baechle – Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge (Wotan) (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (04:17)
2-31. Ileana Tonca – Rheingold! Rheingold! Reines Gold! (Live At Staatsoper, Vienna / 2011) (04:38)

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