State Opera of South Australia (Fisch) – ‘Wagner: Das Rheingold’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

State Opera of South Australia (Fisch) – ‘Wagner: Das Rheingold’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Wagner’s ‘Ring of the Nibelungs’ is coming to multichannel SACD, and thanks to the State Opera of South Australia and Melba Recordings, it is being done right. The odds of bringing this massive tetralogy off successfully, especially with the additional hurdles of demanding recording technology, are considerable But then again, the musical movers and shakers of the city of Adelaide, Australia, had the wherewithal to produce Australia’s first ‘Ring’ cycle a decade ago (with the use of existing costumes and sets from Europe), and they had the gumption to build a completely new production in 2004, so why shouldn’t they go ahead and grab the golden ring by being the first to premiere the cycle on Super Audio Compact Disc? read more…

Melba Recordings Debuts First SACD in Wagner’s ‘Ring’ Cycle

Die Walkьre is the first SACD release in Melba’s recording of the State Opera of South Australia’s 2004 production of Wagner’s ‘Ring’ Cycle. The cycle of four operas which comprise The Ring is the largest single recording project ever undertaken in Australia. read more…

Robert Schumann Philharmonie Chenmitz (Caetani) – ‘Wagner: Overtures and Preludes’ A DVD-Audio review by Martin Fendt

A high-resolution multichannel recording of music by Richard Wagner has been long overdue, but now, thanks to Arts Music, the Robert Schumann Philharmonie (of Chemnitz, Germany), and its celebrated conductor Oleg Caetani, there is at last a thrilling DVD-Audio disc that allows us to experience all our favourite Wagnerian overtures and preludes. read more…


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