Wagner Götterdämmerung - MP3 Edition


Playable on MP3 compatible disc players and MP3 portable devices. This disc also contains the full libretto and English translation as a pdf document. In a landmark move the orchestra will release the opera in dual format; as both an MP3 and standard 5 disc CD set, making the recording available to the widest possible audience.  The Hallé Götterdämmerung in MP3 format in a direct appeal to both younger audiences and as a way of offering a cost effective option to those who already have a recording of the work. MP3 is seen as an environmentally friendly solution, using only 20% of the packaging required for a 5 CD set and cutting the carbon footprint for shipping and storage (heating) by 80%. This new set will be released in MP3 format at 320 kbps, the highest possible MP3 bit rate. Customers will be able to transfer the files directly to their ipod or MP3 player or to play the discs on their computer, most DVD players and newer, MP3 compatible, CD players. Both formats will be accompanied by a printed booklet containing a synopsis. A full libretto will be included as a pdf file on both the standard CD release and the MP3 Edition. Sir Mark Elder said, “The experience for us all of absorbing this great music was daunting and thrilling in equal measure. To hear it unfolding in the wonderful acoustic of the Bridgewater Hall gave the end of last season a fitting climax.”



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‘Recorded live over two evenings at The Bridgewater Hall, Mark Elder's Götterdämmerung ideally combines dramatic urgency and exquisitely metered orchestral timbre. Gripping yet measured from the Norns’ first scene, it boasts a resolute yet vulnerable Brünnhilde from Katarina Dalayman. The Hallé is, however, the star, with thrilling brass and glowing strings.’ The Independent ‘... this isn’t really anyone’s Götterdämmerung but the Hallé’s and Elder’s. By the opera’s final pages, the orchestra is playing with a sort of exalted brilliance, as if it has collectively broken through the Valkyries’ ring of fire. This recording is more than a memento of the weekend Manchester became Bayreuth. It’s a peliormance of Wagner's most astonishing opera crammed with character and dedication) with the tangible atmosphere of a once-in-a-lifetime live event’ Classic FM Magazine GRAMOPHONE AWARD WINNER 2010 Available as a 5 CD set, and as a single MP3 disc.

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