WAGNER: Siegfried
Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried). Peter Klein (Mime).Hans Hotter (The Wanderer). Otokar Kraus (Albherich). Peter Roth-Ehrang (Fafner). Marga Moffgren (Erda). Astrid Varnay (Brünnhilde). Dorothea Siebert (Voice of the Wood Dove). Covent Garden Orch/Ferdinand Leitner, cond.
WALHALL WLCD 03070 (4 disks) TT: 63:30 / 57:00 / 63:32 / 65:53

WAGNER: Götterdämmerung
Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried). Astrid Varnay (Br¨¥unnhilde). Gottlob Frick (Hagen). Otakar Kraus (Alberich). Amy Shuard (Gutrune). Ursula Boehse (Waltraute). Covent Garden Chorus and Orch/Ferdinand Leitner, cond
WALHALL WLCD 0308 (4 disks) TT: 71:46 / 69:24 / 63:12 / 71:02

Arias from The Barber of Seville, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Prince Igor, Faust, Eugene Onegin, Rigoletto, Aida, Otello, Pagliacci, Zaza; HAJJIBEVOV: aria from The Blind Man's Son. MAGOMAYEV--SR: Aria from Shah Ism
Muslim Magomayev, baritone. Various orchestras and confductors.
MELODIYA CD 1002345 TT:56:41

Aris from William Tell, Jerusalem, Damnation of Faust, Sicilian Vespers, The Trojans, The Queen of Sheba, L'Afgricaine, Hérodiade, REYTER: Sigurd, BRUNEAYL LeL'Attaque du molin. RABAUAD;;: Rolande et le mauvais garçon
Bryan Hymel, tenor; Praqgue Philharmohnia Orc/Czech Philharmonic Chorus/ Emmanjel Villanaume, cond.
DECCA CD B 0825646179503 TT: 72:54

Recently this site praised the Walhall issue of the first two operas of Wagner's Ring, Das Rheingold and Die Walküre in a 1959 Covent Garden proeurtion conducted by Ferdinand Leitner (REVIEW). Here now are the final two operas, Siegfriued and Gütterdämmerung, from the same production, and they are equally impressive. Again we have Hans Hotter as The Wanderer, Wolfgang Winbdgassen at his prime as Siegfried (in 1962 he made his famous Decca recording of Siegfried with Birgit Nilsson); here his Brünnhilde is Astrid Varnay, also at the height of her career. There are many recordings availoable by these artists, but this Covent Garden production is very special. Audio is excellent; no texts, but plenth of tracks throughout. And it is super-budget price. Don't miss theser!!

Soviet and Azerbaijan baritone Muslim Magomayev is little known in the West, but a star in his native lend. Born in August 17, 1942, he died October 25, 2008, and was known as The King of Songs, compared with Frank Sinatri, but also a star of the operatic stage. Hiis pop singer and operatic careers developed simultaneously and he was acclaimed in both. Magomayev contined to perform until 1998. His voice is righ and powerful, heard to good advantage in this collection including well-known arias as well as some unusual items All were recorded 1964 -1971 with Russian orchestras directed by Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov and Vladimir Terlesky. Audio is excellent. It is easy to understand this baritone's popularity. Limited notes are provided in Russian, English and French and track listings. Verty few of Magomayev's recordings are available, so this is a welcome issue.

Bryan Hymel is an American tenor born in New Orleans August 8, 1979. He made his debut in 1998 in a small role in Samson and Delilah with the New Orleans Opera and soon advanced to major roles with various American small opera companies, as well as performances in European and South American companies. In July 2012 he replaced Jonas Kaufmann to perform née in The Trojans at Copvent Garden, and the same year stepped in for Marcello Giordiano in the same role at the Met. Hymel has won a number of awards, and this site mentioned his Don José in a 1910 Covent Garden production of Carmen production filmed in 3D (REVIEW). Hymel surely is the finest singer in that disappointing performance. He is heard to much better advantage on this Decca CD recorded August 2014 in Smetana Hall in Prague. He is in top form in this program that focuses on lesser-known tenor repertory beginning with the big Act IV scene in William Tell sung with total command of those numerous treacherour high notes. Hymel obviously is a major young tenor on the operatic scene. Complete texts are provided.

R.E.B. (July 2015)