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The beginning of the end for Janowski's Wagner Concerts

Written By The Wagnerian on Friday 22 June 2012 | 1:32:00 pm

Fritz Lang's Die Nibelungen
The final part of the Wagner concert series by Marek Janowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

"The Ring of the Nibelung" will be the grand finale of the 2012/2013 season of concert performances of the Wagner concert series, which has been running for the past three years, performed by the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under the direction of Marek Janowski. On 22 and 24 November 2012 the sounds of "Das Rheingold" (The Rhine Gold) and "Die Walküre" (The Valkyrie) will ring out in the Berlin Philharmonie with "Siegfried" and "Götterdämmerung" (Twilight of the Gods) following on 1 and 15 March 2013.

The four concert evenings include amongst their international singing elite the voices of Tomasz Konieczny (Wotan), Ricarda Merbeth (Freia), Iris Vermillion (Fricka), Robert Dean Smith (Siegmund), Petra Lang (Brünnhilde), Stephen Gould (Siegfried, 1.3.), Matti Salminen (Fafner, Hagen) and Lance Ryan (Siegfried, 15.3.). The Rundfunkchor Berlin will also take part in the "Götterdämmerung".

Like all ten parts of the Wagner concert series, the four concerts of the "Ring" will be recorded by the PentaTone label and Deutschlandradio and later broadcast and released on Super Audio CDs, one after the other, up to the end of 2013.

The Wagner concert series places music squarely at the centre of attention. The absolute listening experience makes it possible to hear otherwise inaudible nuances in Wagner's works. At the same time the pure reproduction of the music creates the ideal conditions for the live recording.

Richard Wagner: "Der Ring des Nibelungen"
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Marek Janowski
Philharmonie Berlin

Thursday, 22 November 2012, 8 p.m.
"Das Rheingold" WWV 86 a
With Tomasz Konieczny, Christian Elsner, Iris Vermillion, Ricarda Merbeth and others

Saturday, 24 November 2012, 6 p.m.
"Die Walküre" WWV 86 b
With Tomasz Konieczny, Iris Vermillion, Robert Dean Smith, Petra Lang and others

Friday, 1 March 2013, 6 p.m.
"Siegfried" WWV 86 c
With Juha Uusitalo, Stephen Gould, Violeta Urmana, Matti Salminen and others

Friday, 15 March 2013, 6 p.m.
"Götterdämmerung" WWV 86 d
With Lance Ryan, Petra Lang, Matti Salminen, Edith Haller, Marina Prudenskaja and others