|Der Ring des Nibelungen|
Live recording in stereo
1998 - 01
|Conductor: Gustav Kuhn|
|Orchestra e Coro del|
Teatro di San Carlo, Napoli
July 18 & 19, September 18-20, 1998
Duccio dal Monte
Maria Cecilia Toledo
Duccio dal Monte
|1. Norne|| |
|2. Norne|| |
|3. Norne|| |
Eva Maria Tersson
|Arte Nova, 7 4321 87075 2
Review by Joeri Deleroux|
This Ring cycle received positive reviews in Germany. My opinion is that
Kuhn focuses on the music itself.
The orchestra is very good, especially in Rheingold and Siegfried. The
playing is at some times very fast (the forging scene in 'Siegfried' and
the 'Trauermarsch' in 'Götterdämmerung' for example) but keeps
the greatness and magic associated with Wagner's universe.
Some singers are excellent. Loge sung by Arnold Bezuyen is one of the
finest on record. Thomas Harper is also great as Mime in Siegfried. The
Siegfried recording is fascinating. The relationship between Siegfried
and Mime is beautifully portrayed by Harper and Woodrow, great singing and
The Wotan interpretations are not always exeptional. Albert Dohmen makes a
great impression while Juha Uusitalo has not the deep voice of George
London in Solti's 'Rheingold' or Thomas Stewart in Karajan's ring. He
brings a different kind of Wotan than what we usually expect.
The female roles are nicely played too. Nadja Michael is a great Fricka and
Eva Silberbauer shines as Brünnhilde in 'Götterdämmerung.'
Kuhn is not really the perfectionist that Solti was when he recorded his
Ring in studio, this can be noticed during the Niebelheim scene in 'Das
Rheingold'. No screaming dwarves are heard when Alberich uses the tarnhelm,
neither when he is imprissoned by the Gods and calls for the gold.
Nevertheless this is a real bargain. If you like a nice actual live
interpretation of Wagner's masterpiece, then this is it.