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Wagner's Ring and Operatic Storms


In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Das Rheingold, we present Anna Russel's famous analysis of Wagner's Ring Cycle - plus a consideration of operatic storms.


Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Overture (excerpt)
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras
Album Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Record Label Telarc

The Ring of the Nibelungs (An analysis)
Composer Richard Wagner
Album The Anna Russell Album
Record Label Sony

Das Rheingold (excerpt)
Composer Richard Wagner
Ensemble Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Album Richard Wagner - Das Rheingold
Record Label London

Guillaume Tell: Overture
Composer Gioachino Rossini
Ensemble Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Jaime Laredo
Album Rossini Overtures
Record Label Nimbus

Porgy and Bess (excerpt)
Composer George Gershwin
Ensemble Houston Grand Opera
Conductor John DeMain
Album Gershwin - Porgy and Bess
Record Label RCA

Der fliegende Holländer (excerpt)
Composer Richard Wagner
Ensemble Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor Sir Georg Solti
Album Wagner - Der fliegende Holländer
Record Label Decca

Rigoletto (excerpt)
Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Ensemble Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Carlo Maria Giulini
Album Giuseppe Verdi - Rigoletto
Record Label Deutsche Grammophon

Otello (excerpt)
Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Ensemble Ambrosian Opera Chorus; National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor James Levine
Album Verdi - Otello
Record Label RCA

Peter Grimes (excerpt)
Composer Benjamin Britten
Ensemble Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Conductor Bernard Haitink
Album Britten - Peter Grimes
Record Label EMI

Idomeneo (excerpt)
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Conductor Sir Colin Davis
Album Mozart - Idomeneo
Record Label Philips

Riders to the Sea (excerpt)
Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
Ensemble Orchestra Nova of London
Conductor Meredith Davies
Album Riders to the Sea - Magnificat
Record Label Angel

War and Peace (excerpt)
Composer Sergei Prokofiev
Ensemble Kirov Orchestra, St. Petersburg
Conductor Valery Gergiev
Album Prokofiev - War and Peace
Record Label Philips