|WCLV PRESENTS RINGFEST 08
As the Olympics get underway in China,
on Friday, August 8th
and Saturday, August 9th
WCLV presents its own Olympics with a
marathon broadcast of Richard Wagner’s
mammoth opera cycle The Ring of the
, featuring a new re-issue
of the critically acclaimed 1988 recording
by the Bavarian Radio Orchestra
conducted by Bernard Haitink. Among
the raft of vocal stars: James Morris,
Theo Adam, Eva Marton, Siegfried Jerusalem,
Kiri Te Kanawa, Thomas Hampson,
and Anne Sofie von Otter.
If you must watch the Olympics, turn down the
TV sound and listen to Wagner. You’ll be
surprised how well the Ring
music fits the
pictures from the Olympics.
The inclination towards romantic depictions of valkyries
is evident in Valkyries by Peter Nicolai Arbo, 1869.
Between operas and during intermissions, WCLV will present a trivia contest in which
we’ll challenge our listeners to display their knowledge of giants, dwarves, Rhinemaidens
and leitmotifs. Winners will receive a copy of Telarc’s recording of Lorin Maazel’s arrangement
of the Ring
music, The Ring without Words,
and a magic helmet (No guarantee as to
what magic, if any, will occur!). And one lucky listener, drawn at random from all of the winners,
will receive a lovely gold ring with the words “WCLV RingFest 08” engraved inside.
Also during the course of the Ring broadcast, we’ll present Anna Russell’s sidesplitting and
so-accurate telling of the story of the Nibelungens, as well as other examples of not-so-serious
music related to Wagner.
The Russell analysis will be split up into four segments relating to each of the operas.
The whole strudel will be wrapped up at
8:30 PM on Saturday the 9th with a review
of the Ring music featuring The Cleveland
Orchestra’s Severance Hall May 2006
performance of the Maazel Ring without Words,
conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero.
The schedule of performances is as follows:
Friday, August 8
8:00 PM Das Rheingold 2 hours 28 minutes
preceded by Anna Russell's analysis.
Saturday, August 9
6:00 AM (Yes, 6:00 AM!! If our announcer has to be here at 6:00 AM, you can damn well set your radio alarm to 6:00 AM.) Die Walkuere 3 hours and 52 minute. Anna Russell's seminar on Die Walkuere will be heard between Acts 1 and 2.
10:00 AM Miscellaneous Wagner flotsam and jetsam including the Nieblungen March. Anna Russell's comments will precede the opera.
10:30 AM Siegfried 3 hours 50 minutes.
2:30 PM More motley Wagner. Anna Russell's conclusion to her dissection will precede the opera.
3:00 PM Goetterdaemmerung 4 hours 19 minutes.
7:30 PM Symphony at Seven – Music of Brahms (Heh. heh - a musical joke. Brahms and Wagner hated each other) as an antidote for 14 hours and 29 minutes of Wagner. But, wait, there’s more to come!
8:30 PM Cleveland Orchestra/Giancarlo Guerrero - WAGNER (arr MAAZEL) The Ring without Words from Severance Hall, May 13, 2006.