Siegfried, the third part of Wagner's Ring des Nibelungen, is now available. Framed by the much darker operas Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung, Siegfried acts as their bright counterpart. Its musical action is characterized by cheerfulness and idyllic natural scenes. And yet, Siegfried is not without dramatic elements.
A quarter of a century was to pass from the first (text) sketches to the world premiere. In that time Wagner wrote and premiered Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg as well as Tristan und Isolde had seen the light of day and may have left their marks.
The score is based on the volumes 12/I-III (RWA 112-10, 112-20, 112-30) of the Wagner Complete Edition.