Rheingold
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Rheingold day

The Bayreuth Festival is beginning – at least digitally. BR-KLASSIK broadcasts the concert with Christian Thielemann live from Bayreuth. Afterwards we will dive into Wagner’s world with “Rheingold” and lift archival treasures from the “Ring of the Nibelung”: the eve of Wagner’s masterpiece – once in the interpretation by Kirill Petrenko and Frank Castorf from 2015 and then with Daniel Barenboim and Harry Kupfer from 1991. Wotan will also have to wait: a documentary about Günther Groissböck, who would have sung the Father of the Gods on the Green Hill this year.

  • Christian Thielemann

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    Live from Bayreuth: Wagner 2020

    Christian Thielemann conducts a concert with extracts from Wagner’s stage works. Klaus Florian Vogt and Camilla Nylund as well as members of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra will be present. The concert supports the financing of an emergency relief fund for artists of the Bayreuth Festival. Due to the Corona crisis, no performances can be held on the Green Hill this year.

    Picture: Christian Thielemann (Copyright: dpa/picture-alliance)

    Live from Bayreuth: Wagner 2020

  • Sir Simon Rattle

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    Walking through the ring – “Das Rheingold” – “Urwelle?”

    Opening an opera with a long, deep tone of eight double basses – this is the idea Richard Wagner is said to have had while half asleep, at the gateway to the subconscious, so to speak. At least that’s what he himself claimed, the man who loved to talk and write about himself. The eve of the “Ring” tetralogy, “Das Rheingold”, first performed in 1869 at the Munich National Theatre at the behest of King Ludwig II against the will of the poet-composer, is literally a fairy-tale conversation piece. As one of the earliest musical dramas, it is fascinating anyway because of the interplay of voices and orchestra! In BR-KLASSIK, “Das Rheingold” marks the beginning of a four-part walk through the cycle, which will be continued at weekly intervals within the framework of the Digital Festival: the first recording used is that of the British conductor Simon Rattle, who was a guest of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich’s Herkulessaal in April 2015.

    Picture: Simon Rattle (Copyright: Oliver Helbig)

    Walking through the ring – “Das Rheingold” – “Urwelle?”

  • Bayreuther Festspiele 2015 - Das Rheingold

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    Vorabend of “Das Rheingold” with Kirill Petrenko and Frank Castorf

    This summer, instead of the Bayreuth new production of Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung”, BR-KLASSIK’s radio programme will again present a milestone in the history of the festival: the previously unreleased recording of the outstanding performance of the cycle under the direction of Kirill Petrenko from 2015. Trademarks of his interpretation were exciting tempos with an enormously audible, fanned-out orchestra sound. Side parts of the score were as important to this conductor as the eye-catching leitmotifs. On stage, the first part and “eve” of the tetralogy was teeming with voice-potent performers. Besides the equal opponents Wolfgang Koch (Wotan) and Albert Dohmen (Alberich), John Daszak (Loge) also knew how to distinguish himself. Frank Castorf’s complex, highly controversial production combined trash with nostalgia, undertook intercontinental time travel. And the object of desire was not fairy-tale gold, but – oil.

    Picture: Production Rheingold of 2015 (Copyright: Bayreuth Festival/Enrico Nawrath)

    Vorabend of “Das Rheingold” with Kirill Petrenko and Frank Castorf

  • ARD Rheingold Barenboim

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    Vorabend of “Das Rheingold” with Daniel Barenboim and Harry Kupfer

    For more than five years, the “Ring of the Nibelung” by Harry Kupfer with Daniel Barenboim at the podium has shaped the Bayreuth Festival. This interpretation, presented by 3sat, focuses on the abysses of the human soul, detached from historical accuracy. Harry Kupfer was concerned with the “criticism of man’s destructive rage, unkindness and alienation”.

    Vorabend of “Das Rheingold” with Daniel Barenboim and Harry Kupfer

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