Wagner: Götterdämmerung, Wwv 86d
Label: Naxos Opera
Shen, Yang; Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus; Varak, Aurhelia; Castle, Sarah; DeYoung, Michelle; Kálmán, Peter; Majeski, Amanda; Gleich, Jenufa; Zweden, Jaap van; Houtzeel, Stephanie; Bamberg Symphony Chorus; Halfvarson, Eric; Barkmin, Gun-Brit; Nakamura, Eri; Haselböck, Hermine; Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Brenna, Daniel; State Choir Latvija
‘Gotterdammerung’ (Twilight of the Gods) is the epic fourth and final opera of Wagner’s great Ring cycle, with a plot that depicts the fall of heroes, gods, and the entire world. As ever with the Ring, the joys of love are all too fragile and fleeting, and the drama of ‘Gotterdammerung’ revolves around dark and unsettling reversals of fortune and illusions of hope that synthesize thrilling and powerful grand opera traditions with Wagner’s revolutionary techniques. Containing all of the Ring’s essential elements, ‘Gotterdammerung’ possesses a profoundly satisfying sense of inevitability that makes it both a towering climax and a unified summation of the Ring’s abundant variety.