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Wagner: Die Walkure
Wagner: Die Walkure (Melba Recordings MR301091-94)
SKU: 12938
AU $109.09

Label: Melba Recordings Cat. No.: MR301091-94 Medium: SACD-H No. Discs: 4

Die Walkure is the award-winning first release in Melba's recording of the State Opera of South Australia's 2004 production of Wagner's Ring Cycle. The cycle of four operas which comprise the Ring is the largest single recording project ever undertaken in Australia.

The four operas of approximately 16 hours duration is the world's first 6-channel super audio CD (SACD) recording of The Ring in surround sound. The significance of this was noted in the January 2005 editorial of Gramophone magazine. It is a lasting tribute to the outstanding Adelaide production of Wagner's masterpiece and to the predominantly Australian cast. The $15.3 million production blitzed the 2005 Helpmann Awards, winning ten of its eleven nominations and earning critical accolades.

Brilliant young Israeli conductor Asher Fisch conducts the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and singers Lisa Gasteen, who is cast as Brunnhilde, Stuart Skelton as Siegmund, John Wegner as Alberich, Richard Greager as Mime, Deborah Riedel as Sieglinde and Jonathan Summers as Gunther. The recording involved 65 microphones recording 60 hours of performances at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

The production itself was massive, involving 129 orchestral players, 70 chorus members, 27 principal singers - all but three of them Australian - and a backstage crew of 75.

Composers: Wagner.
Conductors: Asher Fisch.
Orchestras: State Orchestra of South Australia.
Medium: SACD-H
No. of Discs: 4
SKU #: 12938
Label: Melba Recordings
Catalog #: MR301091-94
Price: AU $109.09   

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