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Work: Götterdämmerung: Brünnhilde's Immolation

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ComposerWagner, Richard (1813-1883)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOrchestral
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Wagner highlights in Budapest

Szilvia Rálik © Attila Nagy
This concert, with a running time of about two hours, was a lovely dip in the Rhine without the usual four-to-five hour Wagnerian full immersion.
***11
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Morning Wagner at the LA Phil

Philippe Jordan © JF Leclercq
Maestro Jordan did not present a cut down version of the score. Every instrument Wagner called for was on stage, even the six harps, but the only sung piece was Brünnhilde’s Immolation. 
*****
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Thielemann's way with Wagner

Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann © Matthias Creutziger
Christian Thielemann, the Staatskapelle Dresden and a star-studded cast compress Wagner's Ring cycle into a tale of Siegmund, Sieglinde, Hunding and Brünnhilde.
****1
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Failing to make a splash: Janowski's Rhine Journeys

Marek Janowski © Felix Broede
With disappointing Schumann followed by engrossing, but incomplete, excerpts from Wagner's Götterdämmerung, Marek Janowski and the Oslo Philharmonic fail to make a splash.
**111
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Masterful Wagner from the Vienna Phil at Carnegie Hall

Heidi Melton © Simon Pauly
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Maestro Gergiev, showed off their brilliant versitility, and gave us a taste of Wagner's Ring.
****1
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