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    There is another little treasure I have come across during my last listen: the beginning of Scene II or the second act of Götterdämmerung between Hagen's parting with Alberich and Siegfried's coming from his journey to Brünnhilde's rock. There is a short (around 1.5 minute) orchestral interlude and a remark in the text: "The Rhine glows ever brighter with the red light of dawn" . This reminds me of one glorious morning I have spent on the mountain of Drachenfels in the region of Siebengebirge, near the Rhine, when my man and I walked up the steep mountain path in the darkness to greet the sun rising far away over the mighty river, and did, indeed see the Rhine light up with the first light of dawn. That was one Wagnerian moment!

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    Now, according to the local legends, it was on that very mountain Drachenfels ("Dragon Rock") that Siegfried fought the dragon Fafner, and therefore at least part of the events of the Ring must have happened in that area. There is a little museum called Nibelungenhalle with paintings on Wagnerian themes halfway up the mountain, and a plaque in honor of the Meister who had given this and other legends of his homeland a new life and immortality.

    I don't know whether Wagner has ever visited that spot, but I like to think that he did, once, stand on that mountaintop and look with the same admiration and awe at the mighty river and the vast expanses beyond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SiegendesLicht View Post
    There is another little treasure I have come across during my last listen: the beginning of Scene II or the second act of Götterdämmerung between Hagen's parting with Alberich and Siegfried's coming from his journey to Brünnhilde's rock. There is a short (around 1.5 minute) orchestral interlude and a remark in the text: "The Rhine glows ever brighter with the red light of dawn" . This reminds me of one glorious morning I have spent on the mountain of Drachenfels in the region of Siebengebirge, near the Rhine, when my man and I walked up the steep mountain path in the darkness to greet the sun rising far away over the mighty river, and did, indeed see the Rhine light up with the first light of dawn. That was one Wagnerian moment!\

    985927-The_Rhine_Ruine_Drachenfels.jpg
    One of the best places in the neighborhood of Bonn, much more interesting than the museum of Beethoven in the city. Such a sight from more than 300 meters!

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    The "Ring" has so many moments, on so many levels.

    But hey, I'm the drama guy. The scene between Brünnhilde and Waltraute in "Götterdämmerung": Nothing really happens; they both make their point about their situations, their loyalties and expectations; they love each other dearly, they clash, and they get nowhere. Emotionally, I think it's my favorite moment in the "Ring". (And, notably, I think this scene makes performers often rise to the best of their abilities.)

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    You know I must say a personal favorite of mine is Loge's first appearance in Das Rheingold, both him and Mime are favorites of mine. It's especially great when the singers portraying Loge and Wotan have a good dynamic
    Together. I really enjoy the Bayreuth production on DVD with Graham Clark. Unfortunately wasn't too crazy about the DVD of the Met production with 'The Machine', only because I wasn't thrilled with some of the casting. The production itself is interesting however.


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    The best scene by far is Brunnhilde's announcement of death to Seigmund. Especially with Karajan and Vickers.

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    Being so new to the Ring, I have to say Ride of the Valkyries is my favorite part.


    Dragged up another old Ring thread.
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    Dawn, duet and Rhine Journey from act 1 of Gotterdammerung.
    Probably a second choice would be all of act 3 of Gotterdammerung.
    Maybe even all of Gotterdammerung except the Nornsense at the start

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    Peter Hofmann Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond .

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    Ride of the Valkyries.
    When listening to the ring it is really a highpoint.

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    One for each opera:

    Das Rheingold: The Entry of the Gods into Valhalla

    Die Walküre: Wotan's Farewell & the Magic Fire Music

    Siegfried: The Forging of the Sword

    Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    Dawn, duet and Rhine Journey from act 1 of Gotterdammerung.
    Probably a second choice would be all of act 3 of Gotterdammerung.
    Maybe even all of Gotterdammerung except the Nornsense at the start
    I like the nornsense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sloe View Post
    I like the nornsense.
    I do as well. I find it to be a highly poetic and arresting scene, both haunting and shrouded in mystery, setting the action in its mythical context.

    If I had to choose one favorite moment from the entire cycle, it would probably be the magnificent and harrowing Todesverkündigung, when Brünnhilde appears to Siegmund towards the end of Act II of Die Walküre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Being so new to the Ring, I have to say Ride of the Valkyries is my favorite part.
    Allow me to digress for a moment, but will come back to the Valkyries at the end:

    A few years back my wife was playing baseball. First she joined a team called the Detroit Danger, but the team fell apart and sadly never had any more games, but she played for a South Bend (IN) team in a tournament (she was also one of the first women to play in the Mens Senior Baseball League, but dizziness from a prior sports injury prevented her from staying with it more than one season).

    At the South Bend tournament was a womens' team from Australia that included members from several other countries. These ladies were very good but I forgot their name. But these awesome female baseball players come to mind whenever I think of the Valkyries, and I think that would be a great name for a womens' baseball team: the Valkyries! What a perfect fit: 9 Valkyries; 9 players on a baseball team.
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    It's awfully hard to pick just one favorite snippet. Maybe when Brunnhilde tells Sieglinde about her pregnancy (Nicht sehre dich Sorge um mich... O Hehrstes Wunder) (fav version Bohm with Rysanek and Nilsson -- this is maybe the nadir of Solti's Ring by the way, where he wrecks the sudden daylight effect of this scene by drowning it in martial brasses) or the Todesverkundigung (aka "announcement of death") (excellent versions from Bohm, Karajan, Furtwangler 1950). Or Act 3 Scene 2 of Gotterdammerung, Siegfried remembering his past, remembering Brunnhilde and the Funeral March (Lorenz with Furtwangler 1950 is untouchable--unbelievably intense -- another low point of Solti's Ring, where he plays the Funeral March as a jaunty victory march).

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    Gotterdammerung Act 2. Scene with Alberich talking to his sleeping son. Schläfst du, Hagen, mein Sohn? So sinister and so emotional.
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