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Wagner: Siegfried

Magazine article Gramophone

Wagner: Siegfried

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Wagner [DVD] [Br] Siegfried  Lance Ryan ten                        Siegfried Terje Stensvold bar                    Wanderer Nina Stemme sop                      Brunnhilde Peter Bronder ten                          Mime Johannes Martin Kranzle bar            Alberich Anna Larsson contr                         Erda Alexander Tsymbalyuk bass-bar            Fafner Rinnat Moriah sop                      Woodbird Orchestra of La Scala, Milan / Daniel Barenboim Stage director Guy Cassiers Video director Patrizia Carmine 

ArtHaus [F] [2] [DVD] 101 695; [F] [Br] 108 092 (4h 13' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080i * DTS-HD MA5.1, DD5.1 & PCM stereo * 0 * S)

Recorded live, October 2012

Wagner [G] [DVD] [Br]

Gotterdammerung

Irene Theorin sop                         Brunnhilde Lance Ryan ten                             Siegfried Mikhail Petrenko bass                          Hagen Johannes Martin Kranzle bar                 Alberich Gerd Grochowski bass-bar                     Gunther Anna Samuil sop                              Gutrune Waltraud Meier mez                         Waltraute AgaMikolaj sop                              Woglinde Maria Gortsevskaya mez                     Wellgunde Anna Lapkovskaja mez                      Flosshilde Orchestra of La Scala, Milan / Daniel Barenboim Stage director Guy Cassiers Video director Patrizia Carmine 

ArtHaus [F] [2] [DVD] 101 696; [F] [Br] 108 093 (4h 52' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080i * DTS-HD MA5.1, DD5.1 & PCM stereo * 0 * S)

Recorded live, June 2013

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Daniel Barenboim's celebration of the Wagner bicentenary culminated in the completion of a new Ring cycle, produced by Guy Cassiers, mounted in Berlin and Milan, and given a concert staging at the BBC Proms. These DVDs of La Scala performances, combining the October 2012 Siegfried with the June 2013 Gotterdammerung, are most notable for showcasing this conductor's supreme command of the epic lyricism that goes to the heart of the Wagner style; and while some might regret the absence of the Staatskapelle Berlin, whose playing was a highlight of the Proms performances, the La Scala orchestra has no weak links either.

Barenboim's flair for drawing out often under-characterised details, as with the string-writing in the Gotterddmtnerung funeral music, is one outstanding feature. …

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