Die Walküre (2013)

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Mariinsky Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

An opera about people. When the Mariinsky Theatre decided, at the start of the twentieth century, to stage Russia’s first production of Richard Wagner’s tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen, the theatre’s principal conductor Eduard N.pravn.k suggested they start with what he considered the most interesting of the operas, Die Walküre. This was an obvious choice for a man raised on Russian realist art and the Russian writers of the natural school. Die Walküre’s mythological story revolves around mortal characters, and, if we count the fate of the god Wotan, the three fates represented in the opera possess recognisably lifelike forms. Siegmund and Sieglinde enter into a conjugal union in defiance of custom and tradition, Wotan rejects his children, and Bruünnhilde rebels against her father’s will. Several age-old themes are embodied in these fates: the clash between man and woman, between father and child – and in both cases, Wagner presents these as dramas of love – while the rift between gods and heroes takes the form of a metaphysical confrontation. The eminent German musicologist Carl Dahlhaus thought of Die Walku?re as the story of Wotan: the god who does not want to remain a god, preferring liberty to the law, but the price he must pay is to become ‘free of soul’, as Wagner expressed it, and in his final scene he bids the earthly world farewell. Yet Die Walküre remains a lyrical story, a drama about humans; it comes as no surprise that the opera is named after the god’s self-sacrificing daughter, who is stripped of immortality. Not only the mortal characters but also the very spirit of the opera are summed up by Boris Pasternak: “It is man’s first settlement in those worlds discovered by Wagner for fantasies and mastodons”1. Perhaps the poet had in mind Das Rheingold as the prologue to the Ring.

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Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg), the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Born in Moscow, he studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition aged 24, and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra,the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the Hall’s inaugural concert in 1891. Valery Gergiev’s many awards include a Grammy, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honour. His vast discography includes Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky Symphonies, and numerous discs on the LSO Live and Mariinsky labels, including a Mahler Symphony cycle, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and a disc of Debussy’s music.

Mariinsky Orchestra

The Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra or the Kirov Orchestra is located in the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. The orchestra was founded in 1783 during the reign of Catherine the Great, it was known before the revolution as the Russian Imperial Opera Orchestra. The orchestra is one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia.

In 1935 Joseph Stalin changed its name (and that of the Ballet) to the Kirov, after Sergei Kirov, the first secretary of the Communist Party in Leningrad, whose 1934 murder by his regime Stalin was attempting to whitewash. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the name was changed back to the Mariinsky in 1992.

The current artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre is the conductor Valery Gergiev and the principal guest conductor is Nikolaj Znaider. Under Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra has become one of the leading symphony orchestras in Russia.

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Die Walküre (2013)

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Mariinsky Orchestra

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The Mariinsky label begins its projected Ring cycle with a very impressive recording of 'Die Walküre' from Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky forces. Gergiev has managed to engage a cast of a caliber that few, if any, opera houses in the world could bring together let alone afford to engage. There is no doubt that this is thanks to the generous financial support of Yoko Nagae Ceschina the Japanese philanthropist who supports musical endeavors and institutions worldwide (including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra) and it has certainly paid off on this recording. Four of the opera's six main roles are taken by some of the most sought after Wagner singers of the current generation – Jonas Kaufmann (Siegmund), Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde), René Pape (Wotan) and Anja Kampe (Sieglinde) . In addition to the excellent eight Valkyries, Russian singers are represented by Mikhail Petrenko (Hunding) and Ekaterina Gubanova (Fricka) - both of whom are establishing international careers outside of the Mariinsky company. The recording made in the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg is generally well balanced with a good sense of depth. The 5.0 Multichannel DSD tracks not only convey extra hall ambience, but in the opening scene of Act III ('Ride of the Valkyries') the surround speakers are used to place the listener amidst the warrior maidens to startling effect. This is a most auspicious start to the Mariinsky Ring cycle on disc - and one that all Wagnerites will wish to investigate. It certainly presents a formidable challenge for any future competitor to match. We shall have to wait until September for 'Das Rheingold' and 2014 for the remainder of this cycle to appear. Performance: 4.5 Stars, Multichannel Sonics: 4 Stars".

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Die Walküre (2013)

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Mariinsky Orchestra

Editing Software: Pyramix
Producer: James Mallinson,
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Stokes, Neil Hutchinson, Vladimir Ryabenko
Recording location: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Die Walkure - Act I, i. Vorspiel und Erste Szene
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Die Walkure - Act I, ii. Wes' Herd diess auch sei
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Die Walkure - Act I, iii. Einen Unseligen labtest du
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Die Walkure - Act I, iv. Zweite Szene - Mud' am Herd
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Die Walkure - Act I, v. Friedmund darf ich nict heissen
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Die Walkure - Act I, vi. Die so leidig Los dir beschied
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Die Walkure - Act I, vii. Ich weiss ein wildes Geschlecht
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Die Walkure - Act I, viii. Dritte Szene - Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater
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Die Walkure - Act I, ix. Schlafst du, Gast?
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Die Walkure - Act I, x. Wintersturme wichen dem Wonnemond
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Die Walkure - Act I, xi. Du bist der Lenz
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Die Walkure - Act I, xii. O susseste Wonne!
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Die Walkure - Act I, xiii. Siegmund heiss' ich
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Die Walkure - Act II, i. Vorspiel und Erste SzeneL Nun zaume dein Ross
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Die Walkure - Act II, ii. Hojotoho!
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Die Walkure - Act II, iii. Der alte Sturm, die alte Muh'!
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Die Walkure - Act II, iv. Heut' - hast du's erlebt!
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Die Walkure - Act II, v. Nichts lerntest du
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Die Walkure - Act II, vi. Was verlangst du?
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Die Walkure - Act II, vii. Deiner ew'gen Gattin heilige Ehre
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Die Walkure - Act II, viii. Zweite Szene - Schlimm, furcht ich
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Die Walkure - Act II, ix. Ein Andres ist's - achte es wohl
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Die Walkure - Act II, x. So nimmst du von Siegmund den Sieg?
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Die Walkure - Act II, xi. So nimm meinen Segen, Niblungen-Sohn!
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Die Walkure - Act II, xii. Schwer wiegt mir der Waffen Wucht
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Die Walkure - Act II, xiii. Dritte Szene - Raste nun hier, gonne dir Ruh'!
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Die Walkure - Act II, xiv. Wo bist du, Siegmund?
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Die Walkure - Act II, xv. Vierte Szene - Siegmund! Sieh auf mich!
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Die Walkure - Act II, xvi. Du sahst der Walkure sehrenden Blick
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Die Walkure - Act II, xvii. So jung un schon erschimmerst du mir
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Die Walkure - Act II, xviii. Funfte Szene - Zauberfest bezahmt ein Schlaf
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Die Walkure - Act II, xix. Der dort mich ruft
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Die Walkure - Act II, xx. Zu Ross! dass ich dich rette!
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Die Walkure - Act III, i. Vorspiel und Erste Szene - Hojotoho! Hojotoho!
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Die Walkure - Act III, ii. Zu Ortlindes Stute stell' deinen Hengst
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Die Walkure - Act III, iii. Schutzt mich, und helft in hochster Not!
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Die Walkure - Act III, iv. Nicht sehre dich Sorge um mich
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Die Walkure - Act III, v. Zweite Szene - Wo ist Brunnhild'
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Die Walkure - Act III, vi. Hier bin ich, Vater
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Die Walkure - Act III, vii. Dritte Szene - War es so schmahlich
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Die Walkure - Act III, viii. So tatest du, was so gern zu tun ich begehrt
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Die Walkure - Act III, ix. Nicht streb', o Maid
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Die Walkure - Act III, x. Leb' wohl, du kuhnes, herrliches Kind!
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Die Walkure - Act III, xi. Der Augen leuchtendes Paar
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Die Walkure - Act III, xii. Loge, hor'! Lausche hieher!
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