Axel Kober & Duisburger Philharmoniker

Die Walküre

Format: CD
Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085535439
Catnr: AVI 8553543
Release date: 09 July 2021
CD (3 items)
 
Label
CAvi
UPC
4260085535439
Catalogue number
AVI 8553543
Release date
09 July 2021

"There the Duisburger Philharmoniker, conducted by Kober, sounds remarkably light and with great speed."

Nieuwe Noten, 30-1-2022
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About the album

AXEL KOBER: DIE WALKÜRE
A Water Damage turned into luck

“The Rhine is where Richard Wagner’s cycle of operas “Der Ring des Nibelungen” begins and ends – and it was beside the Rhine in 1851 that the composer first dreamed of this equally visionary and monumental work. Even if Wagner’s plans for a festival would ultimately be realised in an entirely
different part of Germany, the performance of a “Ring on the Rhine” will always remain something very special.

And where better to make this happen than at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein? Two cities, two orchestras, two casts of singers – with the Rhine opera’s fantastic ensemble of singers and its two outstanding orchestras, the Duisburger Philharmoniker and the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, at their two venues in Duisburg und Düsseldorf, the essential conditions were in place.

The “Ring on the Rhine” staged by Dietrich W. Hilsdorf and under my own musical direction gradually began to take shape from June 2017 onwards………. However, a few weeks before the premiere of “Götterdämmerung”, a defective sprinkler system flooded the theatre Duisburg. The damage this caused made the staged “Ring” cycle in Duisburg (for the time being) completing impossible. Fortunately, on short notice we had the opportunity to perform the “Ring des Nibelungen” at least in concert form in Duisburg at the nearby Mercatorhalle.

Soon after we started rehearsing, we realised that this supposed “emergency solution” had turned out to be a real stroke of luck. In the brilliant acoustics of the concert hall the singing voices and the sound of the orchestra came together to create a thrilling experience for the listeners – one that our audience greeted with standing ovations.

A desire was soon expressed to make the experience available to a wider public beyond this one-time concert performance. The result is this live recording of all four parts of the “Ring” cycle..…..“ (From the Editorial of the musical director Axel Kober)

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CAST DIE WALKÜRE
Siegmund Michael Weinius, Tenor
Hunding Lukasz Konieczny, Bass
Wotan James Rutherford, Bass Bariton
Sieglinde Sarah Ferede, Sopran
Brünnhilde Linda Watson, Sopran
Fricka Katarzyna Kuncio, Mezzo Soprano
Helmwige Anke Krabbe
Gerhilde Jessica Stavros
Ortlinde Katja Levin
Waltraute Romana Noack
Siegrunde Zuzanna Sveda
Roßweise Maria Hilmes
Grimgerde Katharina von Bülow
Schwertleite Uta Christiana Georg



AXEL KOBER

Axel Kober has been Music Director of the
Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg
since
the 2009/10 season, where he been the
driving
force behind a broad repertoire ranging
from Händel and Mozart through Italian opera,
Wagner and Strauss to classical operetta and significant
works from the 20th and 21st centuries.
His collaboration with the Duisburger Philharmoniker
has also intensified on the concert platform
since his appointment as General Music Director
of the Duisburger Philharmoniker in 2019. In
addition
to his international concert engagements,
Axel Kober also makes guest appearances
at Europe’s leading opera houses such as the
Wiener Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the
Semperoper in Dresden, Zurich Opera House and
the Hamburgische Staatsoper, where he is highly
sought after, particularly for the German romantic
repertoire. In January 2019 Axel Kober conducted
a “Ring” cycle at the Wiener Staatsoper that
was highly acclaimed
by press and public alike:
“conductor Axel Kober is the most important
discovery for Viennese Wagnerians,” wrote the
prestigious newspaper
“Die Presse”. He has subsequently
been invited back to the Staatsoper to
conduct works including Weber’s “Der Freischütz”.
At the Bayreuth Festival
he has been a regular
performer on the green hill since his successful
debut with “Tannhäuser” in 2013. Axel Kober
began his career as
a Kapellmeister in Schwerin
and Dortmund, before becoming Deputy General
Music Director in Mannheim and then moving
to Leipzig Opera as Music Director and Head of
Music in 2007. His outstanding productions for
the Deutsche Oper am Rhein include Alban Berg’s
“Wozzeck” with director Stefan Herheim and the
award-winning ballet production of Brahms’ “Ein
Deutsches Requiem”
choreographed by Martin
Schläpfer. Another highlight is Kober’s production
of Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” directed
by Dietrich W. Hilsdorf. Axel Kober has conducted
the “Ring on the Rhine” each year since its premiere
in both Düsseldorf and in Duisburg. //

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Press

There the Duisburger Philharmoniker, conducted by Kober, sounds remarkably light and with great speed.
Nieuwe Noten, 30-1-2022

it’s immediate, gripping music theatre not too often encountered in modern Ring productions, either in the flesh or on record.
gramophone, 15-2-2021

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Disc #1
01.
Die Walküre: Erster Aufzug - Vorspiel und 1. Szene / Act I - Prelude and Scene One
03:25
02.
Die Walküre: Wess’ Herd dies auch sei (Siegmund, Sieglinde)
07:58
03.
Die Walküre: Einen unseligen labtest du (Siegmund)
02:37
04.
Die Walküre: Scene 2 -Müd‘ am Herd fand ich den Mann (Sieglinde, Hunding, Siegmund)
04:47
05.
Die Walküre: Friedmund darf ich nicht heissen (Siegmund, Hunding, Sieglinde)
02:37
06.
Die Walküre: Wunder und wilde Maere kuendigst du (Siegmund, Sieglinde)
07:18
07.
Die Walküre: Ich weiss ein wildes Geschlecht (Hunding)
05:31
08.
Die Walküre: Scene 3 – Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater (Siegmund)
05:27
09.
Die Walküre: Scene 3 – Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater (Siegmund)
01:03
10.
Die Walküre: Der Männer Sippe saß hier im Saal (Sieglinde/Siegmund)
05:29
11.
Die Walküre: Winterstürme weichen dem Wonnemond (Siegmund)
02:58
12.
Die Walküre: Du bist der Lenz (Sieglinde)
01:45
13.
Die Walküre: O süsseste Wonne! (Siegmund, Sieglinde)
05:42
14.
Die Walküre: Siegmund heiss‘ ich (Siegmund, Sieglinde)
03:41
15.
Die Walküre: Act 2 / Prelude and Scene 1
02:02
16.
Die Walküre: Nun zaeume dein Ross, reisige Maid! (Wotan/Brünnhilde)
02:33
17.
Die Walküre: Der alte Sturm, die alte Müh‘! (Wotan, Fricka)
03:27

Disc #2
01.
Die Walküre: Heut‘ - Hast du’s erlebt! Wotan (Wotan, Fricka)
03:57
02.
Die Walküre: Nichts lerntest du (Wotan, Fricka)
05:15
03.
Die Walküre: Was verlangst du? (Wotan, Fricka/Brünnhilde)
02:36
04.
Die Walküre: Deiner ew’gen Gattin heilige Ehre (Fricka)
03:09
05.
Die Walküre: Scene 2 – Schlimm, fürcht‘ ich, schloss der Streit
10:00
06.
Die Walküre: Als junger Liebe Lust mir verblich (Brünnhilde/Wotan)
04:26
07.
Die Walküre: Ein Andres ist’s: Achte es wohl (Wotan/Brünnhilde)
06:02
08.
Die Walküre: Fahre denn hin, herrische Pracht (Wotan)
02:57
09.
Die Walküre: So nimm meinen Segen, Nibelungen-Sohn! (Wotan / Brünnhilde)
04:42
10.
Die Walküre: So sah ich Siegvater nie (Brünnhilde)
02:55
11.
Die Walküre: Scene 3 – Raste nur hier, gönne dir Ruh‘! (Siegmund / Sieglinde)
03:18
12.
Die Walküre: Hinweg! Hinweg! Flieh die Entweihte! (Sieglinde, Siegmund)
03:06
13.
Die Walküre: Horch‘ die Hörner? Hoerst du den Ruf? (Sieglinde/Siegmund)
04:06
14.
Die Walküre: Scene 4 – Siegmund! Sieh auf mich (Brünnhilde/ Siegmund)
05:08
15.
Die Walküre: Der dir nun folgt, wohin führst du den Helden? (Siegmund, Brünnhilde)
09:01
16.
Die Walküre: So jung un schön erschimmerst du mir (Siegmund, Brünnhilde)
03:54
17.
Die Walküre: Scene 5 – Zauberfest bezähmt ein Schlaf (Siegmund)
03:37
18.
Die Walküre: Kehrte der Vater nun heim! (Siegmund/Sieglinde/ Hunding/Brünnhilde/Wotan)
02:25
19.
Die Walküre: Zu Ross! Dass ich dich rette! (Brünnhilde, Wotan)9:3
03:19

Disc #3
01.
Die Walküre: Act 3 – Szene / Scene 1 – Ritt der Walküren!
02:21
02.
Die Walküre: Zu Ortlindes Stute stell‘ deinen Hengst! (8 Valkyries)
05:21
03.
Die Walküre: Schützt mich, und helft in höchster Not! (Brünnhilde, 8 Walküren / Valkyries)
03:24
04.
Die Walküre: Nicht sehre dich Sorge um mich (Brünnhilde, Sieglinde / 8 Valkyries)
03:26
05.
Die Walküre: Fort denn eile, nach Osten gewandt! (Brünnhilde/Sieglinde/8 Valkyries / Wotan)
03:01
06.
Die Walküre: Scene 2 – Wo ist Brünnhild‘, wo die Verbrecherin? (Wotan, 8 Walküren / Valkyries)
04:29
07.
Die Walküre: Hier bin ich, Vater, gebiete die Strafe (Brünnhilde, Wotan, 8 Valkyries/Wotan)
04:34
08.
Die Walküre: To curb Alberich’s thirst for power, Wotan, father of the gods, begat nine Valkyries, who were to gather an army of fallen heroes for him in Valhalla. His son Siegmund, born from a union with a human
03:50
09.
Die Walküre: Scene 3 – War es so schmählich (Brünnhilde, Wotan)
09:46
10.
Die Walküre: So tatest du, was so gern ich zu tun ich begehrt (Wotan)
03:27
11.
Die Walküre: Wohl taugte dir nicht die tör’ge Maid (Brünnhilde, Wotan)
04:16
12.
Die Walküre: Nicht streb, o Maid, den Mut mir zu stören (Wotan, Brünnhilde)
04:03
13.
Die Walküre: Leb‘ wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind! (Wotan)
03:34
14.
Die Walküre: Der Augen leuchtendes Paar (Wotan)
07:21
15.
Die Walküre: Loge, hör! Lausche hieher (Wotan)
05:21
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