Wagner: Götterdämmerung - Nilsson, Hopf, Frick, Bjoner, Stewart; Kempe. Bayreuth, 1960
Listen to a Sample:
- In the early 1960s Birgit Nilsson's voice had all of its signature power while retaining the flexibility and lyricism from her early days. The result is a Brünnhilde that is more athletic than stentorian but with no shortage of power.
- As Siegfried, Hans Hopf displays a voice that is burnished and baritonal. He is remarkably tireless, especially in Act III, where he recounts his adventures with the Forest Bird, a section in which many Heldentenors succumb to fatigue.
- Gottlob Frick, as Hagen, conveys charm, strength, and cunning while never letting you forget that he is only half human.
- Having the luxury of Thomas Stewart's Gunther and Ingrid Bjoner's Gutrune shows just how important these characters are to the story.
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