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Prom 15: Wagner - Die Walkure

A performance given at the Royal Albert Hall of Die Walkure, the second part of Wagner's Ring cycle, with Daniel Barenboim leading the Staatskapelle Berlin.

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Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim with the second part of Wagner's Ring cycle, Die Walküre

Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Tom Service

Wagner: Die Walküre (concert performance, sung in German)

Wotan ..... Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)
Fricka ..... Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo-soprano)
Siegmund ..... Simon O'Neill (tenor)
Sieglinde ..... Anja Kampe (soprano)
Hunding ..... Eric Halfvarson (bass)
Brünnhilde ..... Nina Stemme (soprano)
Gerhilde ..... Sonja Mühleck (soprano)
Ortlinde ..... Carola Höhn (soprano)
Waltraute ..... Ivonne Fuchs (mezzo-soprano)
Schwertleite ..... Anaïk Morel (contralto)
Helmwige ..... Susan Foster (soprano)
Siegrune ..... Leann Sandel-Pantaleo (mezzo-soprano)
Grimgerde ..... Anna Lapkovskaja (mezzo-soprano)
Rossweisse ..... Simone Schröder (mezzo-soprano)
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Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Daniel Barenboim's Ring cycle with the Staatskapelle Berlin continues with part two, Die Walküre, and more mythical and psychological forces at large. The opera opens with a turbulent prologue depicting the terrible storm and devastating events including incest and adultery that are about to shake the characters. Siegmund has been asked by Wotan to help him acquire the ring, but blots his copybook by falling for his long-lost twin sister Sieglinde. This angers Fricka, Wotan's consort, so much that she demands Siegmund's death. Brünnhilde, Wotan's rebel daughter who we meet for the first time, tries to defend him, but in punishment she is put to sleep on a rock surrounded by fire. Die Walküre is considered perhaps the most accessible of the Ring cycle operas, and ends with the powerful Magic Fire Music.

3 hours, 57 minutes