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KORK and NMH's orchestra - "The Ring" without words


The Broadcast Orchestra joins forces with the best of the country's young musicians from the Norwegian Academy of Music and forms a large orchestra, under the direction of KORK's chief conductor Petr Popelka.

The program includes music that requires a large apparatus, and usually with both a text, dramatic action, scenography and skilled opera singers. In Richard Wagner's Gesamtkunstwerk, all elements merged into a higher entity. On the other hand, Wagner is one of the great orchestral composers of all time, but apart from the overtures, which are sometimes played in the concert halls, one often has to go to an opera production to get his virtuoso and sparkling orchestral sound.

When the famous conductor Lorin Maazel was commissioned to make a recording only with the orchestral music from the opera cycle Ringen, he had to think twice, but was tempted and made a composition from the four operas that make up Ringen (Rhingullet, Valkyrien, Siegfried, Ragnarok) . He started on the first note in Rhingullet, stretched it to the last chord in Ragnarok and called it all the Ring without words. Although the plot was not as clear, Maazel believed that the drama was still there, coded in the music, with undercurrents, overtones and leitmotif. It was the Ring, but without words.

  • Last Updated: 11/29/2021
  • Source: VisitOSLO as

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KORK and NMH's orchestra - "The Ring" without words
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