The Valkyrie
CHAN 3038
The Sunday Telegraph
'Rita Hunter's Brünnhilde is a gleaming portrayal, secure in intonation, unwavering in pitch, emotionally vibrant; and Norman Bailey's Wotan has nobility and breadth which reach their apogée in the Farewell... The orchestral playing is superb and the eight Valkyries include Anne Evans, Sarah Walker, Anne Collins and Elizabeth Connell. Enough said!'
First Day of the Festival Play:
The Ring of the Nibelung
Music drama in three acts
Poem by Richard Wagner
English translation by Andrew Porter
The Cast
Alberto Remedios, tenor - Siegmund
Clifford Grant, bass - Hunding
Norman Bailey, bass-baritone - Wotan
Margaret Curphey, soprano - Sieglinde
Rita Hunter, soprano - Brünnhilde
Ann Howard, mezzo-soprano - Fricka

English National Opera Chorus
English National Opera Orchestra

Sir Reginald Goodall - conductor
Recorded at the London Coliseum
- 18. 20 and 23 December 1975
Producer - John Mordler
Sound Engineer - Stuart Eltham
'There is something inevitable, even eternal about Goodall's long-breathed, full-toned, often ideally articulated reading... Like all the most satisfying sets of the Ring, it benefits enormously from being heard live in a theatre acoustic... Rita Hunter bestrides the role of Brünnhilde in a confident manner achieved in relatively modern times only by Birgit Nilsson, whose bright tone and effortless top Hunter's so much resembles. She is also a thoughtful, very human interpreter of the role, keen with the words and investing them with the right import. By her side Bailey confirms that he is as excellent a Wotan as any since Hans Hotter... Remedios's Siegmund remains one of the most sweetly sung and appealing on disc.'