“Roaring jubilation and radiant beauty from Elder and the Hallé… Elder is a superb Wagnerian, acutely conscious of the complex relationship between tempo and pace, and immaculate in his judgment both of the span of each act and the ebb and flow of detail within it. Thrilling climaxes alternated with moments of astonishing beauty and quiet, almost exquisite terror.”
The Guardian on the Hallé’s performance of Siegfried
The third element of Wagner’s Ring cycle contains humour, drama and a concluding ecstasy as the eponymous hero meets his heroine Brünnhilde, setting up the explosive finale of the concluding opera. With enormous orchestral forces and dramatic use of leitmotiv themes the music portrays the full gamut of emotions and provides a perfect vehicle to display the heights of the Hallé’s powers under Elder.
Recorded at the Bridgewater Hall, capturing all the drama of the acclaimed live performance and produced by Hallé’s award winning engineer Steve Portnoi this recording features soloists of the highest calibre, cast by opera specialist Elder.
“Mark Elder, our leading Wagnerian,…”
The Observer on the Hallé’s performance of Parsifal in York Minster in April 2019
Siegfried’s Horn Call performed by Ben Goldscheider, who burst onto the musical scene at the age of eighteen in 2016 Final of the BBC Young Musician Competition. He has since been selected as BBC Music Magazine’s “Rising Star” and Gramophone Magazine’s “One to Watch”.
Previous successful instalments of Der Ring from Hallé won numerous accolades including:
“Perhaps the most important point is that, in a crowded field, Elder has a cast, as well as an interpretative stance, that ensure a distinctive as well as a memorable experience. However, well you think you know Die Walküre this recording should leave you in renewed awe at Wagner’s genius”
“Elder’s grip is total. He believes in every note of the score, shapes it carefully (no melodrama, no lurchings) and stirs the orchestra to a degree of magnificent rare even for the Hallé”