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Siegfried

Axel Kober & Duisburger Philharmoniker

Siegfried

Format: CD
Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085535446
Catnr: AVI 8553544
Release date: 03 September 2021
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Label
CAvi
UPC
4260085535446
Catalogue number
AVI 8553544
Release date
03 September 2021

"It is perhaps the heaviest role of this cycle, that of Siegfried and Coby Welch sings him in the edition that is central here, certainly not without merit. Its strength and reach is unparalleled. And Joan Sutherland is a beautiful forest bird here."

Nieuwe Noten, 30-1-2022
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About the album

AXEL KOBER:

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)

Artist(s)

Axel Kober (conductor)

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...
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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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Composer(s)

Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner was an important innovator of music in his time. He is best known for his operas, which he himself preferred to refer to as musical dramas. He wrote the texts (the libretti) himself and sought to make a Gesamtkunstwerk, the ideal union of text, music and theatre. Over time, this lead to grandiose musical dramas which were performed in a specially built theater for these works in the small town of Bayreuth. Wagner's greatest critic, the philosopher Nietzsche, named his former friend the 'greatest miniaturist of music who in the smallest of space squeezed an endless amount of sense and sweetness'. Nietzsche regarded this as a sympton of decadence, yet it does portray the large variety of treasures which can...
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Richard Wagner was an important innovator of music in his time. He is best known for his operas, which he himself preferred to refer to as musical dramas. He wrote the texts (the libretti) himself and sought to make a Gesamtkunstwerk, the ideal union of text, music and theatre. Over time, this lead to grandiose musical dramas which were performed in a specially built theater for these works in the small town of Bayreuth.

Wagner's greatest critic, the philosopher Nietzsche, named his former friend the "greatest miniaturist of music who in the smallest of space squeezed an endless amount of sense and sweetness". Nietzsche regarded this as a sympton of decadence, yet it does portray the large variety of treasures which can be found in Wagner's music: the mysterious fantasy stories of the love potion of Tristan & Isolde, Wotan's spear, the sea of flames of Brünhilde, the sword of Siegfried... Still the real main character is the orchestra, which shines its light on all the true intentions and feelings of these heroes with great depth.

Both as a composer and as an individual, Wagner remains a subject of controversy and emotional discussions. By many he is hailed as a hero, and by equally many others completely dismissed. But his influence as a composer and musical innovator is undeniable!


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Press

It is perhaps the heaviest role of this cycle, that of Siegfried and Coby Welch sings him in the edition that is central here, certainly not without merit. Its strength and reach is unparalleled. And Joan Sutherland is a beautiful forest bird here.
Nieuwe Noten, 30-1-2022

The singers are clearly attuned to each other .... then there is the unmistakable dramatic tension that can hold you in its grip
Luister, 01-11-2021

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Disc #1
01.
Siegfried: Erster Aufzug - Vorspiel und 1. Szene / Act I Prelude and Scene 1
03:48
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
02.
Siegfried: Zwangvolle Plage! Mueh’ ohne Zweck!
03:18
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
03.
Siegfried: Hoiho! Hoiho! Hau’ ein! Hau’ ein!
03:56
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
04.
Siegfried: Als zullendes Kind zog ich dich auf
04:47
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
05.
Siegfried: Es sangen die Voeglein so selig im Lenz
04:47
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
06.
Siegfried: Einst lag wimmernd ein Weib
08:29
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
07.
Siegfried: Zweite Szene / Scene 2 Heil dir, weiser Schmied!
04:23
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
08.
Siegfried: Wie werd’ ich den Lauernden los
08:02
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
09.
Siegfried: Nun rede, weiser Zwerg
02:55
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
10.
Siegfried: Nun, ehrlicher Zwerg
07:03
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
11.
Siegfried: Dritte Szene / Scene 3 Verfluchtes Licht!
04:23
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
12.
Siegfried: Fuehltest du nie im finstren Wald
05:02
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
13.
Siegfried: Haettest du fleissig die Kunst gepflegt
03:10
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
14.
Siegfried: Notung! Notung! Neidliches Schwert!
06:04
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
15.
Siegfried: Was schafft der Toelpel dort?
04:46
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
16.
Siegfried: Den der Bruder schuf, den schimmernden Reif
02:56
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker

Disc #2
01.
Siegfried: Zweiter Aufzug / Act 2 - Vorspiel / Prelude
04:59
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
02.
Siegfried: In Wald und Nacht vor Neidhohl’ halt’ ich Wacht
02:03
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
03.
Siegfried: Wer naht dort schimmernd im Schatten?
08:12
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
04.
Siegfried: Eine Helde naht, den Hort zu befrein
06:57
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
05.
Siegfried: Wir sind zur Stelle! Bleib hier stehn!
05:51
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
06.
Siegfried: Dass mein Vater nicht ist
04:06
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
07.
Siegfried: Waldweben - Du holdes Voegelein
05:22
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
08.
Siegfried: Siegfrieds Hornruf - Haha! Da hatte mein Lied
04:59
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
09.
Siegfried: Wer bist du, kuehner Knabe
04:30
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
10.
Siegfried: Ist mir doch fast
01:35
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
11.
Siegfried: Dritte Szene / Scene 3 Wohin schleichst du eilig und schlau
04:48
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
12.
Siegfried: Willkommen, Siegfried!
05:13
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
13.
Siegfried: Ich will dem Kind nur den Kopf abhaun!
04:07
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
14.
Siegfried: Heiss ward mir von der harten Last!
03:17
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
15.
Siegfried: Nun sing! Ich lausche dem Gesang
04:01
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker

Disc #3
01.
Siegfried: Dritter Aufzug / Act 3 - Vorspiel / Prelude
02:11
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
02.
Siegfried: Erste Szene / Scene 1 Wache, Wala! Wala! Wala! Erwach’!
02:00
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
03.
Siegfried: Stark ruft das Lied
02:40
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
04.
Siegfried: Mein Schlaf ist Traeumen
07:38
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
05.
Siegfried: Die Urweisen ruf’ ich’s in’s Ohr
03:58
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
06.
Siegfried: Zweite Szene / Scene 2 Dort seh’ ich Siegfried nahen
03:34
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
07.
Siegfried: Was lachst du mich aus?
04:03
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
08.
Siegfried: Bleibst du mir stumm, stoerrischer Wicht?
04:11
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
09.
Siegfried: Orchesterzwischenspiel / Entre‘acte
05:53
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
10.
Siegfried: Dritte Szene / Scene 3 Selige Oede auf wonniger Hoeh’!
04:08
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
11.
Siegfried: Das ist kein Mann!
05:44
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
12.
Siegfried: Bruennhildes Erwachen / Bruennhilde’s Awakening
03:22
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
13.
Siegfried: Heil dir, Sonne! Heil dir, Licht!
03:33
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
14.
Siegfried: O Siegfried! Siegfried! Seliger Held!
06:26
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
15.
Siegfried: Dort seh’ ich Grane
05:44
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
16.
Siegfried: Sangst du mir nicht
02:24
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
17.
Siegfried: Ewig war ich, ewig bin ich
04:26
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
18.
Siegfried: Dich lieb’ ich, o liebtest mich du!
07:43
(Richard Wagner) Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Corby Welch, Linda Watson, Duisburger Philharmoniker
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