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Siegfried day

Heroic and fearless into Siegfried Day: BR-KLASSIK dedicates this day to the figure of Siegfried. The second day of Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung” is available in two groundbreaking interpretations: on the radio we broadcast the Bayreuth production from 2015 by Frank Castorf, with Kirill Petrenko at the podium. In addition, there is the “Siegfried” by Daniel Barenboim and Harry Kupfer from 1991 as a video.

  • Siegfried Jerusalem Wagner

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    Walking the Ring – “Siegfried” – “World’s Greatest Hero”?

    A power-hungry dwarf, a capitalist giant worm and a chatty little forest bird – that’s what Wagner’s third part of “The Ring of the Nibelung” is about. BR-KLASSIK takes a closer look at the individual characters of “Siegfried” in the Ring walk. And that of all people the boorish teenager is supposed to be the “most noble hero in the world” is not obvious at first glance. The musical recording is taken from a 1990 recording of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Siegfried Jerusalem in the title role, conducted by Bernard Haitink.

    Picture: Siegfried Jerusalem (Copyright: dpa/picture-alliance)

    Walking the Ring – “Siegfried” – “World’s Greatest Hero”?

  • Bayreuther Festspiele 2015 - Siegfried

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    “Siegfried” with Kirill Petrenko and Frank Castorf

    BR-KLASSIK is bringing a previously unreleased recording of “Siegfried” from the year 2015 – with Kirill Petrenko at the desk – as part of the digital Bayreuth Festival. The cast of “Siegfried” reminds of a change in the title role: no longer Lance Ryan sang the Wälsungenspross as in the two years before, but Stefan Vinke! A fresh, rested man for one of the longest and most exhausting tenor parts ever. On his way into the world, the carefree hero left the dwarf Mime (Andreas Conrad) as well as the wanderer Wotan (Wolfgang Koch) behind him – after all, Brünnhilde (Catherine Foster) was waiting. The third part and “Second Day” of the tetralogy, directed by Frank Castorf, showed an ideologically inverted Mount Rushmore with the heads of Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao, and later the Alexanderplatz in Berlin with a Minol petrol station.

    Picture: Production Siegfried from 2015 (Copyright: Bayreuth Festival/Enrico Nawrath)

    “Siegfried” with Kirill Petrenko and Frank Castorf

  • ARD Siegfried Barenboim

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    “Siegfried” with Daniel Barenboim and Harry Kupfer

    It is the abysses of the human soul that particularly interested Harry Kupfer in his “Ring” production. In “Siegfried”, too, the unpleasant conflict between Siegfried and his foster-father Mime is in the foreground from the very beginning. For five years Kupfer’s production had a strong influence on the Bayreuth Festival. Daniel Barenboim conducted the production in 1991, which can be seen here, presented by 3sat.

    “Siegfried” with Daniel Barenboim and Harry Kupfer

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