Richard Wagner: Die Walküre

Philharmoniker Hamburg, Simone Young, Stuart Skelton, Mikhail Petrenko, Falk Struckmann, Yvonne Naef, Deborah Polaski, Keanne Piland u.a.

After Rhinegold, the first evening of the Ring tetralogy, OehmsClassics released the Valkyries at the same time as the premiere of Siegfried at the Hamburg State Opera, which took place on October 18, 2009.
Including a booklet printed in four colours throughout and containing many impressions of Claus Guth’s production as well as the complete libretto, this is once again an exceptionally elaborate product.
While the premiere of the Valkyries suffered due to Falk Struckmann (Wotan) having to pull out at short notice because of illness, this production was recorded during later performances which show Struckmann in full possession of his vocal powers. Simone Young guided her orchestra and the chorus through the famous score in great, irresistible waves of sound while still paying attention to the finest, meticulously rehearsed structural details.