WAGNER: Die Walküre, CD review Mark Elder’s conducting emphasises the score’s romantic grandeur through the cultivation of a rich, deep orchestral sound in this recording of Wagner’s Die Walküre

Susan Bullock (Brünnhilde), Egils Silins (Wotan), Hallé, cond Sir Mark Elder ; CD HLD 7531, 5 CDs, £29.99

"Following their magnificent Götterdämmerung in 2008, Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé continue what one hopes will ultimately be a complete recording of the Ring cycle with this hugely impressive account of its second episode. Like Götterdämmerung, it has been taken live from rehearsals and a concert performance in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, given last July as part of the Manchester International Festival."

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