WAGNER: Das Rheingold with Sir Mark Elder. BBC Record Review, CD of the Week.


Cast (see below), The Halle, Sir Mark Elder

Halle CDHLD7549 @ £18 plus P&P

The Sunday Times Hero (or villain) of the three hours? I’d say Samuel Youn’s Alberich, a masterful, multicoloured performance spun in a gripping crescendo…Paterson’s Wotan isn’t far behind…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 magnificence rare even for the Halle.”

BBC Radio 3 Record Review, CD of the week, 2 June 2018. “Recorded at the Bridgewater Hall, and produced by Hallé’s award winning engineer Steve Portnoi, this release captures all the drama of the acclaimed live performance which received rave reviews for conductor, orchestra and cast, alike.”

The Guardian Paterson’s Wotan is certainly authoritative enough, but needs a more assertive foil than Samuel Youn’s surprisingly lightweight Alberich…Clive Bayley’s fathomlessly dark Fafner, Susan Bickley’s humane Fricka and Nicky Spence’s instinctively theatrical Mime are all well worth preserving, as is the playing of the Hallé under Elder, and his unerring sense of the seamless musical architecture.”

About the 3-CD set ….

The latest in their highly regarded Wagner opera series, Hallé present the live recording of their acclaimed Bridgewater Hall performance.

Das Rheingold stands as the Vorabend or “Preliminary Evening” of Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Nibelungen, designed to be free of the traditional operatic concepts of aria and operatic chorus, and presented as the more epic Bühnenfestspiel or “stage festival play”, with the linking of dramatic elements through the use of musical motifs.

Recorded at the Bridgewater Hall, capturing all the drama of the acclaimed live performance.
Produced by Hallé’s award winning engineer Steve Portnoi.

the Hallé were the stars, responsive to every nuance of Elder’s direction.” The Times on the Hallé’s performance of Das Rheingold

“Elder’s interpretation combined lyricism with drama in a way that only the greatest Wagner conductors can realize.” Opera Magazine on the Hallé’s performance of Das Rheingold

Woglinde – Sarah Tynan soprano
Wellgunde – Madeleine Shaw mezzo-soprano
Flosshilde – Leah-Marian Jones mezzo-soprano
Alberich – Samuel Youn bass-baritone
Wotan – Iain Paterson bass-baritone
Fricka – Susan Bickley mezzo-soprano
Freia – Emma Bell soprano
Fasolt – Reinhard Hagen bass
Fafner – Clive Bayley bass
Donner – David Stout baritone
Froh – David Butt Philip tenor
Loge – Will Hartmann tenor
Mime – Nicky Spence tenor
Erda – Susanne Resmark mezzo-soprano

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