Wagner: Siegfried

Elusive Disc (US)

Four-disc set in a magnificent series of SACDs of Wagner music by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by Asher Fisch.

In our past description of Wagner’s Die Walküre, we pointed out how the composer's Ring Cycle presented massive challenges for the recording industry. In fact, one could show how technical advances could be measured using the Ring as a musical yardstick! Certainly with the advent of tape recording each of the operas could be recorded complete during live performances at the Bayreuth Festivals. The coming of stereo produced the landmark cycles by both Sir Georg Solti and Herbert von Karajan. Finally, in the 21st century, the operas are being presented in SACD for the first time by the Melba label and the State Opera of South Australia.

Siegfried continues this groundbreaking series, presented, as before, in a hardbound volume with color production photos and essays on the opera, together with a full libretto ... For the listener who has the appropriate surround-sound equipment, these releases promise a real sensation of being in Adelaide, Australia in 2004 where the performances took place.