The Castorf Ring: Das Rheingold (Bayreuth, 2016)
Frank Castorf revolutionised German-language theatre in the post-Berlin Wall era, bringing to the stage intellectual and political acuteness, brash references and a not infrequent use of crude humour. He brought these qualities to the Bayreuth Festival where his production of the Ring ran from 2013 to 2017. This 2016 recording of Das Rheingold captures Marek Janowski's festival debut as conductor of this unique production, in which Castorf replaces the Rheingold with oil as the central commodity in a pre-capitalist society. The first night of the Ring cycle begins at a gas station off of Route 66, the main road connecting the East and West coasts of the USA, that played an important role in commerce in the 1920s.
- Tansel Akzeybek (Tenor), Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-Soprano), Andreas Conrad (Tenor), Albert Dohmen (Bass-Baritone), Markus Eiche (Baritone), Günther Groissböck (Bass), Stéphanie Houtzeel (Mezzo-Soprano), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (Contralto), Karl-Heinz Lehner (Bass-Baritone), Iain Paterson (Bass-Baritone), Roberto Saccà (Tenor), Alexandra Steiner (Soprano), Nadine Weissmann (Mezzo-Soprano), Caroline Wenborne (Soprano)
- Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
- Marek Janowski