Sir Simon Rattle conducts Wagner’s “Die Walküre”
Sir Simon Rattle
Evelyn Herlitzius, Christian Elsner, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Terje Stensvold
Die Walküre (concert performance): Act I (01:04:33)
Die Walküre (concert performance): Act II (01:29:58)
Die Walküre (concert performance): Act III (01:16:31)
Eva Vogel Mezzo-Soprano (Grimgerde), Evelyn Herlitzius Soprano (Brünnhilde), Christian Elsner Tenor (Siegmund), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Sieglinde), Terje Stensvold Bass (Wotan), Lilli Paasikivi Mezzo-Soprano (Fricka), Mikhail Petrenko Bass (Hunding), Heike Grötzinger Mezzo-Soprano (Siegrune), Julianne Young Mezzo-Soprano (Waltraute), Joanna Porackova Soprano (Gerhilde), Anette Bod Mezzo-Soprano (Rossweisse), Andrea Baker Mezzo-Soprano (Schwertleite), Susan Foster Soprano (Helmwige), Anna Gabler Soprano (Ortlinde)
Sir Simon Rattle on Wagner’s “Die Walküre” · Part 1 (00:10:31)
Sir Simon Rattle on Wagner’s “Die Walküre” · Part 2 (00:14:59)
When the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Simon Rattle, performed Wagner’s Die Walküre at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence in the summer of 2007, they had not played the work for four decades. “You do not know what an orchestra is until you have heard the Berliner Philharmoniker,” Le Monde wrote. “The brass astounded with their penetrating power and precision, strings and woodwinds left us speechless.” Luckily, you do not need to wait such a long time until the work is performed by the orchestra again. In a concert performance conducted by Simon Rattle, Die Walküre is once again to be heard at the Philharmonie.
Some of the singers from the Aix production also reprise their roles, including Eva-Maria Westbroek as Sieglinde. The critic of Libération wrote at that time, she was “in Olympic form: noble and powerful, with flexible, radiant top notes, a glorious low register and ideal characterization.” Appearing with her is Evelyn Herlitzius as Brünnhilde, one of the most renowned Wagnerian singers of our time who has performed the role several times at the Bayreuth Festival. Among the male performers, however, there are some new discoveries to the world of Wagner. In the role of Siegmund is Christian Elsner, who first sang this role at the Semperoper in Dresden in April 2010; he was described as the “perfect interpreter” (Der Tagesspiegel) of the title role in a performance of Parsifal in Berlin. As Wotan, we will hear Terje Stensvold who, after more than 25 years at the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo, has become much in demand all over the world, including appearances at the Vienna State Opera, Covent Garden in London and La Scala in Milan. In the course of this great development in his career, he has turned increasingly to the work of Wagner and today is considered one of the leading interpreters of Wotan.