Wagner Heroes

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This is a 50-year retrospective (1950-2000) of great Wagner singing on Decca and Deutsche Grammophon featuring twelve extracts from eight operas (including all four operas of the 'Ring' cycle) with nine great singers. Wagner's knowledge of heroes derived from two sources: the myths of ancient Greece and the sagas and poetry of northern Europe. In both traditions, heroes possess god-like attributes which set them apart from non-heroic mortals and reinforce the view that they are superhuman. They often have gods as parents or grandparents. But Wagner humanises his heroes, most notably Siegmund (sung inimitably by Jon Vickers in the legendary Decca recording of 'Die Walküre' with Erich Leinsdorf) and the naive Siegfried (with Wolfgang Windgassen singing both the 'Siegfried' and 'Götterdämmerung' Siegfrieds). Other great heldentenors represented on this collection include James King and James McCracken. Celebrated bass-baritones are also represented here: Paul Schöffler (singing Wotan's Farewell from a rare 1950 recording), Ernst Haefliger (as the Dutchman) and most recently, Matthias Goerne (Wolfram). The insightful notes are provided by Wagner scholar Peter Bassett and a photo gallery of the singers is also included.