CD of the week
1. WAGNER Allmächt’ger Vater, blick herab from Rienzi
2. WAGNER In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten from Lohengrin
3. WAGNER Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond from Die Walküre
4. WAGNER Amfortas! Die Wunde! Die Wunde! from Parsifal
5. WAGNER Nur eine Waffe taugt from Parsifal WAGNER Wesendonck Lieder:
6. Der Engel (The Angel)
7. Stehe still! (Stand still!)
8. Im Treibhaus (In the Greenhouse)
9. Schmerzen (Sorrows)
10. Träume (Dreams)
GRIFFES Three Poems of Fiona MacLeod:
11. The Lament of Ian the Proud
12. Thy Dark Eyes to Mine
13. The Rose of the Night
14. BARBER Sure on this Shining Night
CD of the Week- Stuart Skelton & the West Australian Symphony Orchestra – Shining Knight: Songs and arias
One of the world’s leading Wagnerians releases his debut solo recording.
Stuart Skelton has long been acclaimed as one of the greatest heldentenors of his generation, receiving extraordinary reviews for his performances in some of opera’s most demanding roles. His incredible voice and outstanding musicianship have seen him perform all over the world, from the Sydney Opera House to New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and from the English National Opera to Milan’s legendary La Scala.
Shining Knight features arias from many of the roles that have become synonymous with Stuart Skelton – Parsifal, Lohengrin, Siegmund – as well as Lieder and songs from outside the operatic repertoire.
The disc begins with one of Wagner’s earliest works, Rienzi, and traces the composer’s development as he invents a new musical language in his Ring cycle, his great operas Parsifal and Tristan und Isolde, and then to the Wesendonck Lieder that foreshadows so much of his later work. Skelton then turns to America, and two composers from the generation inspired by Wagner: Charles Griffes and Samuel Barber.
Accompanied here by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by his friend and frequent collaborator Asher Fisch, Shining Knight showcases one of the world’s greatest voices at the very peak of its powers.