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Opera Explained: WAGNER, R. - The Ring of the Nibelung (Johnson) (Naxos: 8.558184-85)


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This audiobook series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of major operas. Using the principal themes and arias, taken from the Naxos recordings of the complete works, the presentation is informative yet entertaining, enabling the listener to get more from this remarkable art form. Wagner's 'Ring' cycle is the most ambitious work in the history of music: four operas that combine to tell a single epic story. Based in legend, it has become a legend in its own right: a supreme challenge for conductors, singers, opera producers, and indeed for audiences. But for all its grandeur and complexity, 'The Ring' is far more accessible than many music lovers think. This two-CD guide explains the basics of the plot, profiles the leading characters, and shows how Wagner's revolutionary music adds fascinating layers of meaning and psychological insight, as well as providing some of the most stirring and intoxicating moments in the entire operatic repertoire.
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Item number 8558184-85
Barcode 636943818428
Release date 01/10/2007
Category Classical Music | Audio Books
Label Naxos Educational
Media type CD
Number of units 2
Performers
Composers Stephen Johnson
Disc: 1
An Introduction to... WAGNER The Ring of the Nibel
1 Introduction
2 The Stuff of Legends
3 Dark Power?
4 Revolution in Music
5 A New Kind of Song
6 The Role of the Orchestra
7 The Leitmotif
8 Das Rheingold: Prelude
9 Das Rheingold: Scene 1
10 Das Rheingold: Scene 2
11 Das Rheingold: Scene 3
12 Das Rheingold: Scene 4
13 Die Walkure: Background
14 Die Walkure: Act I
15 Die Walkure: Act II
Disc: 2
An Introduction to... WAGNER The Ring of the Nibel
1 Die Walkure: Act II (cont.)
2 Die Walkure: Act III
3 Die Walkure: The Final Scene: Wotan and Brunnhilde
4 Siegfried: Act I
5 Siegfried: Act II
6 Siegfried: Act III
7 Gotterdammerung: Background
8 Gotterdammerung: Prologue
9 Gotterdammerung: Act I
10 Gotterdammerung: Act II
11 Gotterdammerung: Act III
12 Gotterdammerung: The Final Scene: The End of Every
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