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Again, everyone is on steroids!Nov. 13 2015
Ralph J. Steinberg
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Format: Audio CD
Just like the Walkure, this performance illustrates how an able and committed cast can triumph over any vocal limitations through the inspiration of its conductor. Speaking specifically of Stephen Gould in the title role, I was at first bothered by moments of shouting and strain ( I had heard him in the two disc set of excerpts from this Ring) but on second hearing, something quite inexplicable happened: He seemed to be transformed into a very sensitive, sympathetic and youthful-sounding Siegfried; his musings on his deceased mother Sieglinde and his "Im Schlafen liegt eine Frau" when he first encounters Brunnhilde have rarely been so touchingly voiced. As for the rest of the cast and the conductor, all I will say is that everyone is on steroids, as in Rheingold and Walkure. I am waiting the arrival of Gotterdammerung with great expectations. Incidentally, I do not understand why "Siegfried" is the stepchild of the Ring in terms of popularity.With the exception of Act 2 of "Walkure," I value this part higher than the preceding parts, only to be surpassed by Gotterdammerung. It may be that "Siegfried" was the first opera I ever heard (I think I was three at the time and heard it over the radio from a Met broadcast of 1949.) I only remember Wotan/Wanderer's riddle game with Mime and Siegfried battling Fafner. Anyway, this set is a treasure.