Wagner Die Walküre (4-CD)
3rd May 2012
CD HLD 7531
Sir Mark Elder
Stig Andersen, Siegmund
Yvonne Howard, Sieglinde
Clive Bayley, Hunding
Egils Silins, Wotan
Susan Bullock, Brünnhilde
Susan Bickley, Fricka
Miranda Keys, Gerhilde
Elaine McKrill, Ortlinde
Sarah Castle, Waltraute
Linda Finnie, Schwertleite
Katherine Broderick, Helmwige
Alison Kettlewell, Siegrune
Ceri Williams, Grimgerde
Leah Marian Jones, Rossweisee
RICHARD WAGNER (1813-1883)
1-17. Act I
1-16. Act II; Prelude to Scene 3
1-9. Act II Scenes 4 and 5
1-19. Act III
Libretto and translation/pictures
Following their Gramophone Award winning recording of Götterdammerung the Hallé under Sir Mark Elder announces its long awaited release of the live recording of Wagner’s Die Walküre, taken from the acclaimed Manchester International Festival 2011 performance at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
‘[The Hallé’s concert performance of Die Walküre was] a two-day emotional journey that left me feeling torn apart. Act I was captivating and potent; Act II fiercely moving; Act III enough to make one rush from the hall and plunge in a Manchester canal. The gigantic orchestral climax interrupting Wotan’s Farewell was as convulsively emotional as I could want it. Subtleties of orchestral shading and balance went by like an express train. The conducting was inspired; the immense structure cohered; one looks forward to the issue of the live recording happily being made.’
The Sunday Times, July 2011 – Paul Driver
Thought by many to be Wagner’s greatest opera, Die Walküre is a psychological drama charting the full range of emotions in music that is powerful, tender and everything in between and with orchestral and vocal writing which perfectly displays the master craftsman at work.
This is the latest release in Elder and Halle’s stunning Ring cycle and was recorded live at sell out Bridgewater Hall concerts which formed highlights of the 2011 Manchester International Festival. The performances received stunning reviews, including:
‘The Hallé excelled in supporting the human voice, lifting the vernal lovesong of Siegmund and Sieglinde in a light lilt … The cast was outstanding.’
Hilary Finch, Monday 18 July 2011 – The Times
‘[The Hallé’s] Wagner is simply beautiful, and if that burnished lyricism was more glamorous than dangerous in Act I of Die Walküre, the duet with Siegmund (Stig Andersen) and Sieglinde (Yvonne Howard) had a tenderness beyond renegade intoxication. Elder is a skillful accompanist, metering the blend to suit the timbres of his cast … [he] conducted as though in love with a score that was in love with love itself.’
Anna Picard, Sunday 24 July 2011- The Independent on Sunday
The recording features soloists of the highest calibre, perfectly cast by Elder who displays his opera credentials and achieves performances which are both moving and dramatic.
This release follows the 2010 recording of Götterdammerung which won numerous accolades including: Best Opera recording, Gramophone Awards 2010; Disc of the Month, Classic FM Magazine (July 2010); Opera Disc of the Month, BBC Music Magazine (July 2010); CD of the Week on BBC Radio 3 CD Review; Disc of the week, Sunday Times.
The recordings were made from live performances, as part of the Manchester International Festival, in the Bridgewater Hall Manchester in July 2011, and by the award winning recording team led by Steve Portnoi.