Wagner: Die Walküre, Wwv 86b (live)
Label: Naxos Opera
Burford, Anna; Foster, Karen; Varak, Aurhelia; Castle, Sarah; DeYoung, Michelle; Broderick, Katherine; Damerau, Okka von der; McKrill, Elaine; Zweden, Jaap van; Lang, Petra; Nykänen, Laura; Struckmann, Falk; Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Melton, Heidi; Goerne, Matthias; Skelton, Stuart
Launched by its prologue Das Rheingold (8660374-75), Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) - one of the supreme works in the history of music - continues with Die Walküre. Part II of the tetralogy centres on the young lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde, whose relationship angers Ficka, goddess of marriage, and on the disobedience of the Valkyrie Brünnhilde who is sent to carry out Fricka’s wishes. Performed by an all-star international cast, the work features thrilling set-pieces such as Wotan’s Farewell and the Ride of the Valkyries.