Matthias Goerne / Simon O'Neill / Jaap van Zweden

Wagner: Siegfried

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The third music drama in Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, Siegfried is the origin story of the mythical hero at the center of the tetralogy and his forging of the sword Nothung to slay the dragon Fafner. Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic continue their ambitious Ring cycle, a project at which they've labored since the conductor began his tenure in 2012 and which has positioned the orchestra as a rising force in modern Wagner performances. The cast is led by Simon O'Neill as Siegfried, a strong heldentenor who has much experience with the role, and he is joined by David Cangelosi as Mime, Matthias Goerne as the Wanderer, Heidi Melton as Brünnhilde, and Falk Struckmann as Fafner. Confident singing and powerful orchestral playing give this recording a solidity that is impressive, and taken with the previous releases of Das Rheingold in 2015 and Die Walküre in 2016, it gives compelling evidence that van Zweden's Ring is competitive with other productions, including some Bayreuth recordings. This live performance was recorded at the Hong Kong Cultural Center Concert Hall in January 2017, and Naxos provides remarkably clear sound in the spacious acoustics.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Siegfried
1 4:08
2 3:35
3 4:00
4 5:23
5 5:11
6 8:56
7 4:18
8 8:04
9 3:05
10 7:30
11 1:32
12 3:03
13 5:25
14 3:10
15 8:04
16 3:02
17 2:52

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Siegfried
1 5:19
2 2:12
3 8:22
4 7:36
5 6:10
6 10:22
7 5:23
8 4:59
9 2:09
10 5:38
11 7:22
12 2:48
13 3:47
14 4:39

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Siegfried
1 2:03
2 2:20
3 3:00
4 4:19
5 3:21
6 4:05
7 3:56
8 4:20
9 4:20
10 5:38
11 4:46
12 7:28
13 1:22
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