René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer / Valery Gergiev

Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold

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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

The first part of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, and the shortest opera in the cycle, Das Rheingold serves as an introductory evening performance that opens the series, followed successively by three full-length music dramas, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Die Götterdämmerung. However, this concert recording by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra is the second installment in their Ring, following the early 2013 release of Die Walküre. By reviving Wagner's music in Russia, which was banned during the Soviet era and remained little explored for decades, Gergiev has tapped into a rich vein of artistry that brings a fresh appreciation of the Ring's drama and sonorities. The international cast, headed by René Pape as a powerful Wotan, features some of the best Wagner singers available, including Ekaterina Gubanova as Fricka and Nikolai Putilin as Alberich. The critically praised Mariinsky Orchestra has demonstrated its great skill in playing Wagner's demanding score, and the SACD presentation gives it astonishing clarity, depth, and presence, all required to make these mythological music dramas come to life. To complete Gergiev's cycle, Das Rheingold will be followed by releases of Siegfried and Die Götterdämmerung in 2014.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Das Rheingold
1 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 03:54 Amazon
2 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 02:31 Amazon
3 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 05:25 Amazon
4 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 02:36 Amazon
5 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 06:25 Amazon
6 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 05:38 Amazon
7 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 09:28 Amazon
8 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 07:56 Amazon
9 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 05:58 Amazon
10 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 06:50 Amazon
11 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 03:19 Amazon
12 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 02:34 Amazon
13 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 04:50 Amazon
14 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 04:48 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Das Rheingold
1 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 02:44 Amazon
2 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 04:29 Amazon
3 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 07:40 Amazon
4 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 04:47 Amazon
5 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 05:59 Amazon
6 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 04:44 Amazon
7 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 05:53 Amazon
8 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 03:44 Amazon
9 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 05:05 Amazon
10 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 06:10 Amazon
11 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 05:39 Amazon
12 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 06:49 Amazon
13 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 04:13 Amazon
14 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 04:05 Amazon
15 Valery Gergiev / René Pape / Nikolai Putilin / Stephan Rügamer 03:11 Amazon
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