Richard Wagner's 'Der Ring des Nibelungen', otherwise known as The Ring cycle, is the peak of operatic indulgence, excess and excellence. But how do you go about it? What should you listen out for? And what on Earth are they all singing about anyway? Find out with our handy guide. Just because Richard Wagner's masterpiece and calling card is a mammoth work (or series of works) doesn't mean you should treat it any differently from other operas. The best thing to do is take it slowly, grab a translation and prepare to get lost in some of the most intoxicatingly sublime Romantic music ever composed, like thi. ut first, a little bit of background info.
Ring Cycle Richard Wagner () wrote the four operas that comprise the Ring Cycle between 1848 and 1876. The first performance of the complete Ring Cycle was at the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, Germany, in August 1876. Wagner drew from ancient Germanic, Scandinavian and Icelandic sagas as well as his own imagination to fashion his libretto, a sweeping saga of epic proportions. The cycle begins with the theft of a cache of magic gold at the bottom of the Rhine, and culminates with the destruction of the gods and Valhalla.
The four operas of Richard Wagner's cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen together take about 15 hours, which makes for several records, tapes, or CDs, and a lot of studio time. For this reason, many full Ring recordings are the result of "unofficial" recording of live performances, particularly from the Bayreuth Festival where new productions are often broadcast by German radio.
Richard Wagner - The Ring Cycle. Plot and Character Examination. Alberich sets in motion the entire Ring by renouncing love and taking the Rhinegold from the Rhinemaidens. After his brother, Mime, fashions the gold into a ring of immense power, Alberich enslaves the other gnomes of the underworld (Nibelheim) and forces them to mine gold for his treasury. Loge and Woton descend into the underworld and trick Alberich into turning into a frog, after which they steal the helmet and force him to give up his wealth to Fasolt and Fafner
Wagner: Complete Operas. Richard Wagner, the most controversial figure the arts have ever seen, whose music can move and overwhelm like no other, continues to divide the spirits even today. The year 2013, when we celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth, is inevitably going to be devoted to the man and his work. The Complete Wagner Operas offers the best of Deutsche Grammophon, two operas each from Decca and the BBC and EMIs Rienzi
List of films using the music of Richard Wagner. The following is a sortable list of cinema films which utilize music of Richard Wagner in their soundtracks (other than films of Wagner's operas themselves). Casual references (and use of the Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin) are not included.
Wagner expert Dr John Deathridge on the use of leitmotifs in Wagner's epic operas. Opera on 3-Wagner's Ring. More clips from Wagner's Ring. Kasper Holten on the enormity of The Ring. Philip Hensher looks at Wagner’s Ring.
Wagner Album for Piano Wagner Album Twenty Pieces for Piano, including Original Piano Compositions and Selected Transcriptions from Richard Wagner's Operas. I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat.