CPEN 186700 SA
SACD Box Set
|No. of Discs:||33|
Wagner, The Complete Operas
32 Hybrid Multi-channel SACDs plus a DVD
Marek Janowski conducts the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for this never before attempted recording of the complete operas of Wagner.
In 2010, Pentatone decided to embark on the ambitious project of recording the 10 major Wagner operas with the same musical forces. Never before had a record company recorded all of Wagner's operas with the same orchestra, choir and conductor, even the same producer, within a period of 21/2 years. On top of that, all of the operas, including the Ring Cycle, were recorded for the first time in multi-channel surround sound and — as is customary for Pentatone — with the highest technical quality.
Each opera was performed only once. All of the performances were recorded live, as well as all prior rehearsals of the choir and orchestra. Conductor Marek Janoswki Janowski explicitly wished to avoid any staging, since this is the best way to allow the music to stay true to its nature. This made it possible to accomplish such a superior recording.
The critics are unanimous in their praise for the entire set of recordings. Not only for Mr. Janowski, but also the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Rundfunkchor Berlin have attained international acclaim. And to this day, the soloists who took part in the project are still considered the best interpreters of Wagner.
The box consists of 32 SACDs plus one DVD, which contains an interview with Marek Janowski and some fragments from Götterdämmerung.
|Richard Wagner (1813-1883)|
|1. Der fliegende Hollaender|
|3. Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg|
|5. Tristan und Isolde|
|7. Das Rheingold|
|8. Die Walkure|
|• Interview with Marek Janowski|