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WAGNER, R.: Siegfried (Ring Cycle 3)

Composer(s):Wagner, Richard
Artist(s)
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.660175-78
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Comprising four separate operas, Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) took 25 years to complete. Centred around a ring of power and the attempts of various people to acquire it, the Ring cycle explores the relationship between love and earthly power and the themes of yearning and loss, all within a setting of medieval legend.The third opera of the cycle, Siegfried, deals with the life of the young hero, his release from the evil dwarf Mime, who has nurtured him for his own ends, his killing of the dragon Father, and his braving of the surrounding flames to wake the Valkyrie Brünnhilde from her enchanted sleep.

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,January 2007

In the third opera of The Ring cycle things are going from bad to worse for the God's, a young upstart, Siegfried, having slain the dreaded dragon, smashing Wotan's spear that has been his emblem of supreme authority. It is story fanciful in content, Wagner fashioning a heroic part for Siegfried, the only person that the snivelling Mime recognises as strong enough to use the large sword needed to kill Fafner in his shape as a dragon. Once dead Mime could grab the magic ring that is being guarded by the monster, and that task achieved Siegfried could be poisoned leaving the ultimate power of the ring in Mime grasp. Those plans are fortunately revealed to Siegfried by the Forest Bird, and it is he who kills the dwarf before setting out on a

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