Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen

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Composer or Director: Richard Wagner

Genre:

Opera

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Catalogue Number: 455 564-2DHO4

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Composition Artist Credit
(Der) Ring des Nibelungen: Part 3, 'Siegfried' Joan Sutherland
Richard Wagner Composer
Gerhard Stolze
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Birgit Nilsson
Marga Höffgen
Gustav Neidlinger
Georg Solti
Hans Hotter
Kurt Böhme
Wolfgang Windgassen

Composer or Director: Richard Wagner

Genre:

Opera

Label: Decca

Media Format: CD or Download

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Stereo
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Catalogue Number: 455 555-2DMO14

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Composition Artist Credit
(Der) Ring des Nibelungen: Part 2, '(Die) Walküre' Matthew Hargreaves
Matthew Hargreaves
Majella Cullagh
Majella Cullagh
Matthew Hargreaves
Cristina Pastorello
Dominic Natoli
Bruce Ford
Majella Cullagh
Majella Cullagh
Matthew Hargreaves
Diana Montague
Maria Huder
Dominic Natoli
Maria Huder
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Cristina Pastorello
Matthew Hargreaves
Maria Huder
Majella Cullagh
Cristina Pastorello
Cristina Pastorello
Maria Huder
Bruce Ford
Bruce Ford
Majella Cullagh
Matthew Hargreaves
Majella Cullagh
Matthew Hargreaves
Dominic Natoli
Matthew Hargreaves
Bruce Ford
Matthew Hargreaves
Bruce Ford
Bruce Ford
Carlo Platania
Dominic Natoli
Dominic Natoli
Blando Giusti
Cristina Pastorello
Richard Wagner Composer
Maria Huder
Bruce Ford
Dominic Natoli
Luigi Infantino
Cristina Pastorello
Cristina Pastorello
Matthew Hargreaves
Dominic Natoli
Bruce Ford
Matthew Hargreaves
Maria Huder
Matthew Hargreaves
Majella Cullagh
Paolo Silveri
Majella Cullagh
Matthew Hargreaves
Bruce Ford
Adelio Zagonara
Bruce Ford
Maria Huder
Cristina Pastorello
Majella Cullagh
Paolo Rakowsky
Maria Huder
Matthew Hargreaves
Dominic Natoli
Matthew Hargreaves
Maria Huder
Majella Cullagh
Maria Huder
Dominic Natoli
Cristina Pastorello
Matthew Hargreaves
Maria Huder
Majella Cullagh
Dominic Natoli
Matthew Hargreaves
Matthew Hargreaves
Maria Huder
Dominic Natoli
Majella Cullagh
Bruce Ford
Georg Solti
Bruce Ford
Adriana Guerrini
Cristina Pastorello
Cristina Pastorello
Cristina Pastorello
Bruce Ford
Gino Conti
Bruce Ford
Majella Cullagh
Majella Cullagh
Bruce Ford
Paul Austin Kelly
Dominic Natoli
(Der) Ring des Nibelungen: Part 1, '(Das) Rheingold' Helga Dernesch
Hans Hotter
Régine Crespin
Gottlob Frick
Wolfgang Windgassen
Birgit Nilsson
Gustav Neidlinger
Brigitte Fassbaender
Vera Little
Marga Höffgen
Helen Watts
Gustav Neidlinger
Set Svanholm
Kurt Böhme
Maureen Guy
Wolfgang Windgassen
Oda Balsborg
Claire Watson
Birgit Nilsson
Gottlob Frick
George London
Helen Watts
Anita Välkki
Eberhard Waechter
Kurt Böhme
Lucia Popp
Hans Hotter
Vera Schlosser
Claire Watson
Helen Watts
Birgit Nilsson
Jean Madeira
Gustav Neidlinger
Birgit Nilsson
Grace Hoffmann
Joan Sutherland
Christa Ludwig
Christa Ludwig
Helen Watts
Gottlob Frick
Christa Ludwig
Gerhard Stolze
Claire Watson
Wolfgang Windgassen
Gwyneth Jones
Hans Hotter
Helen Watts
Kurt Böhme
Kurt Böhme
Kirsten Flagstad
Hans Hotter
Christa Ludwig
Christa Ludwig
Claire Watson
Ira Malaniuk
Gustav Neidlinger
Gustav Neidlinger
Christa Ludwig
Wolfgang Windgassen
Claudia Hellmann
Claire Watson
Berit Lindholm
Birgit Nilsson
Georg Solti
Birgit Nilsson
Kurt Böhme
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Waldemar Kmentt
Gustav Neidlinger
Richard Wagner Composer
Helen Watts
Wolfgang Windgassen
Gustav Neidlinger
Marilyn Tyler
Birgit Nilsson
Hans Hotter
Wolfgang Windgassen
Hans Hotter
Gustav Neidlinger
Birgit Nilsson
Gustav Neidlinger
Hetty Plümacher
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Gottlob Frick
Kurt Böhme
Birgit Nilsson
James King
Claire Watson
Gottlob Frick
Walter Kreppel
Paul Kuen
Gottlob Frick
(Der) Ring des Nibelungen: Part 3, 'Siegfried' Gustav Neidlinger
Herva Nelli
Giuseppe Valdengo
Thomas Stewart
Paul Kuen
Lucia Popp
Teresa Stich-Randall
Antonio Madasi
Virginio Assandri
Lucia Popp
Heinz Friedrich
Herva Nelli
Thomas Stewart
Herva Nelli
Teresa Stich-Randall
Nan Merriman
Teresa Stich-Randall
Manfred Schmidt
Frank Guarrera
Regina Resnik
Teresa Stich-Randall
Gustav Neidlinger
Heinz Friedrich
Ira Malaniuk
Hans Hotter
Ira Malaniuk
Teresa Stich-Randall
Norman Scott
Teresa Stich-Randall
Richard Kogel
Bruni Falcon
John van Kesteren
Lucia Popp
Herva Nelli
Giuseppe Valdengo
Ferry Gruber
Teresa Stich-Randall
Norman Scott
Lucia Popp
Richard Tucker
Heinz Friedrich
Herva Nelli
Gabor Carelli
Bruni Falcon
Thomas Stewart
Richard Kogel
Norman Scott
Ferry Gruber
Richard Kogel
Gottlob Frick
Erich Witte
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Kurt Böhme
Giuseppe Valdengo
Franz Crass
Heinz Friedrich
Teresa Stich-Randall
John Carmen Rossi
Georg Solti
Richard Kogel
Thomas Stewart
Claudio Nicolai
Teresa Stich-Randall
Giuseppe Valdengo
Lucia Popp
Richard Kogel
Ira Malaniuk
Giuseppe Valdengo
Ferry Gruber
Dennis Harbour
Giuseppe Valdengo
Heinz Friedrich
Cloe Elmo
Regina Resnik
Hans Hotter
Norman Scott
Herva Nelli
Herva Nelli
Lucia Popp
Giuseppe Valdengo
Eva Gustavson
Benno Kusche
Norman Scott
Thomas Stewart
Giuseppe Valdengo
John van Kesteren
Heinz Friedrich
Richard Kogel
Gustav Neidlinger
Regina Resnik
Ferry Gruber
Giuseppe Valdengo
Hans Hotter
Norman Scott
Paul Kuen
Ferry Gruber
Thomas Stewart
Paul Kuen
Ferry Gruber
Herva Nelli
Herva Nelli
Richard Wagner Composer
Hubert Buchta
Bruni Falcon
Raimund Grumbach
(Der) Ring des Nibelungen: Part 4, 'Götterdämmerung' Bodo Brinkmann
Anne Evans
Anne Evans
John Tomlinson
Anne Evans
Linda Finnie
Hilde Leidland
Anne Evans
John Tomlinson
Anne Evans
John Tomlinson
Lydia Marimpietri
John Tomlinson
Richard Lewis
John Tomlinson
Philip Kang
Anne Evans
Frances Bible
Anne Evans
Oralia Dominguez
Bodo Brinkmann
Poul Elming
Jane Turner
John Tomlinson
Hugues Cuénod
John Tomlinson
Graham Clark
Magda László
John Tomlinson
Bodo Brinkmann
Kurt Schreibmayer
Bodo Brinkmann
John Tomlinson
Anne Evans
Anne Evans
Bodo Brinkmann
Anne Evans
Annette Küttenbaum
Annon Lee Silver
Bodo Brinkmann
Vienna State Opera Chorus
Anne Evans
Bodo Brinkmann
Anne Evans
Anne Evans
Günter von Kannen
Bodo Brinkmann
Richard Wagner Composer
John Tomlinson
Bodo Brinkmann
Bodo Brinkmann
Eva-Maria Brundschuh
Anne Evans
Nadine Secunde
Bodo Brinkmann
Georg Solti
Duncan Robertson
Siegfried Jerusalem
Anne Evans
Anne Evans
Bodo Brinkmann
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
John Tomlinson
John Tomlinson
Anne Evans
Soo-Bee Lee
Anne Evans

Composer or Director: Richard Wagner

Genre:

Opera

Label: Decca

Media Format: CD or Download

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Catalogue Number: 455 569-2DHO4

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(Der) Ring des Nibelungen: Part 4, 'Götterdämmerung' Gottlob Frick
Richard Wagner Composer
Wolfgang Windgassen
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Christa Ludwig
Claire Watson
Grace Hoffman
Lucia Popp
Vienna State Opera Chorus
Gustav Neidlinger
Maureen Guy
Georg Solti
Anita Välkki
Gwyneth Jones
Birgit Nilsson
Helen Watts
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Composer or Director: Richard Wagner

Genre:

Opera

Label: Decca

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Catalogue Number: 455 559-2DHO4

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(Der) Ring des Nibelungen: Part 2, '(Die) Walküre' Helen Watts
Vera Little
Vera Schlosser
Helga Dernesch
Brigitte Fassbaender
James King
Gottlob Frick
Georg Solti
Birgit Nilsson
Richard Wagner Composer
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Marilyn Tyler
Hans Hotter
Claudia Hellmann
Christa Ludwig
Régine Crespin
Berit Lindholm

Composer or Director: Richard Wagner

Genre:

Opera

Label: Decca

Media Format: CD or Download

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Catalogue Number: 455 556-2DHO2

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Composition Artist Credit
(Der) Ring des Nibelungen: Part 1, '(Das) Rheingold' George London
Georg Solti
Gustav Neidlinger
Ira Malaniuk
Richard Wagner Composer
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Waldemar Kmentt
Set Svanholm
Kurt Böhme
Oda Balsborg
Claire Watson
Jean Madeira
Paul Kuen
Kirsten Flagstad
Walter Kreppel
Eberhard Waechter
Hetty Plümacher

Composer or Director: Richard Wagner

Genre:

Opera

Label: EMI

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

Stereo
DDD

Catalogue Number: 572731-2

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Composition Artist Credit
(Der) Ring des Nibelungen: Part 2, '(Die) Walküre' Dominic Natoli
William Wilderman
Michael Sells
Walter Gullino
Cristina Pastorello
Waldemar Kmentt
Walter Gullino
Alfredo Giacomotti
Cristina Pastorello
Richard Wagner Composer
Walter Gullino
Dominic Natoli
Sherrill Milnes
Elfriede Marherr-Wagner
Anton Dermota
Leo Schützendorf
Eberhard Waechter
Waldemar Kmentt
Anton Dermota
Robert Hutt
Barbara Hendricks
Walter Gullino
Walter Gullino
Wolfgang Sawallisch
Walter Gullino
Emanuel List
Stefania Malagù
Anton Dermota
Giovanni Foiani
Renato Bruson
Eberhard Waechter
Dominic Natoli
Paul Winter
Walter Gullino
Bruno Grella
Judith Hellwig
Eberhard Waechter
Lydia Kindermann
Ileana Cotrubas
Francis Egerton
Lucia Valentini-Terrani
Bavarian State Orchestra
Plácido Domingo
Friedrich Schorr
Leo Nucci
Walter Gullino
Paul Friess
Walter Gullino
Dalmacio Gonzalez
Brenda Boozer
Harald Pröglhöf
Walter Gullino
Walter Gullino
Carl Jöken
Katia Ricciarelli
Cristina Pastorello
Mimi Coertse
Walter Gullino
Helena Jungwirth
Waldemar Kmentt
(Der) Ring des Nibelungen: Part 1, '(Das) Rheingold' Kurt Moll
Robert Hale
René Kollo
Ekkehard Wlaschiha
Robert Hale
Nancy Gustafson
Lisbeth Balslev
Marjana Lipovsek
Ekkehard Wlaschiha
Angela Maria Blasi
Angela Maria Blasi
Marjana Lipovsek
Birgit Calm
Hanna Schwarz
Marjana Lipovsek
Hildegard Behrens
Robert Hale
Helmut Pampuch
Hildegard Behrens
Birgit Calm
René Kollo
Birgit Calm
Helmut Pampuch
Marjana Lipovsek
Hildegard Behrens
Penelope Thorn
René Kollo
Hildegard Behrens
Marjana Lipovsek
Bavarian State Orchestra
Nancy Gustafson
Hildegard Behrens
Julie Kaufmann
Robert Schunk
Julie Kaufmann
René Kollo
Helmut Pampuch
Robert Hale
Nancy Gustafson
Hildegard Behrens
Kurt Moll
Birgit Calm
Robert Hale
Hanna Schwarz
Ekkehard Wlaschiha
Robert Tear
Jan-Hendrik Rootering
Helmut Pampuch
Hildegard Behrens
Helmut Pampuch
Nancy Gustafson
Kurt Moll
Hanna Schwarz
Angela Maria Blasi
Kurt Moll
Julie Kaufmann
Ekkehard Wlaschiha
Richard Wagner Composer
Kurt Moll
Robert Hale
Cornelia Wulkopf
Birgit Calm
Marjana Lipovsek
Ekkehard Wlaschiha
Marjana Lipovsek
René Kollo
Angela Maria Blasi
Kurt Moll
Anne Pellekoorne
Ekkehard Wlaschiha
Josef Hopferwieser
Julia Varady
Hanna Schwarz
Robert Hale
Marjana Lipovsek
Julie Kaufmann
René Kollo
Waltraud Meier
Nancy Gustafson
Matti Salminen
Angela Maria Blasi
Ekkehard Wlaschiha
Hildegard Behrens
Angela Maria Blasi
Marianne Seibel
Birgit Calm
Hanna Schwarz
Ingrid Karrasch
Julie Kaufmann
Kurt Moll
Birgit Calm
Marjana Lipovsek
Helmut Pampuch
Florian Cerny
Ekkehard Wlaschiha
Andrea Trauboth
Birgit Calm
Kurt Moll
Birgit Calm
Kurt Moll
Christel Borchers
Robert Hale
Nancy Gustafson
Hanna Schwarz
Robert Hale
Julie Kaufmann
Ekkehard Wlaschiha
Wolfgang Sawallisch
Hildegard Behrens
Hans Günter Nöcker
Gudrun Wewezow
(Der) Ring des Nibelungen: Part 3, 'Siegfried' Bodo Brinkmann
Michael Nowak
Ortrun Wenkel
Zlatomira Nikolova
Ortrun Wenkel
Zlatomira Nikolova
Mette Ejsing
Oleg Bryjak
Wolfgang Neumann
Carla Pohl
Oleg Bryjak
Edward Cook
Clara O'Brien
Edith Mathis
Claudia Egler
Katarzyna Kempa
Wolfgang Sawallisch
Carla Pohl
Ortrun Wenkel
Bavarian State Orchestra
Zlatomira Nikolova
Ruxandra Voda
Gabriele Maria Ronge
Simon Yang
Tero Hannula
Tiny Peters
Ruth Floeren
Cornelia Wulkopf
John Wegner
Hans-Jörg Weinschenk
Edward Cook
Ortrun Wenkel
Ruxandra Voda
Gabriele Maria Ronge
Markku Tervo
Carla Pohl
John Wegner
Doris Brüggemann
Hans-Jörg Weinschenk
Oleg Bryjak
Mario Muraro
Wilja Ernst-Mosuraitis
Zlatomira Nikolova
Ruth Floeren
Doris Brüggemann
Frode Olsen
Gabriele Maria Ronge
Richard Wagner Composer
John Wegner
Wilja Ernst-Mosuraitis
Ortrun Wenkel
Wilja Ernst-Mosuraitis
Ortrun Wenkel
Bella Jasper
Margaret Chalker
Wilja Ernst-Mosuraitis
(Der) Ring des Nibelungen: Part 4, 'Götterdämmerung' Giorgio Surian
Ernesto Gavazzi
Daniella Dessì
Daniella Dessì
Sesto Bruscantini
Giorgio Zancanaro
Michele Pertusi
Roderick Kennedy
Renata Scotto
Paata Burchuladze
Ernesto Gavazzi
Renata Scotto
Anne Edwards
Giorgio Surian
Sherrill Milnes
Giuliano Bernardi
Giorgio Surian
Matteo Manuguerra
Vincenzo La Scola
Max-René Cosotti
Veriano Luchetti
Kenneth Collins
Cheryl Studer
Renata Scotto
Daniella Dessì
Fiorenza Cossotto
Kenneth Collins
Ernesto Gavazzi
Leslie Fyson
Giorgio Zancanaro
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Bavarian State Orchestra
Henry Newman
Sarah Walker
Ernesto Gavazzi
Christopher Keyte
Richard Van Allan
Cheryl Studer
Renata Scotto
Richard Van Allan
Francesco Musinu
Bavarian State Opera Chorus
Cynthia Buchan
Cheryl Studer
Enzo Capuano
Kenneth Collins
José Carreras
Wolfgang Sawallisch
Ernesto Panariello
Gloria Banditelli
Francesca Garbi
Ernesto Gavazzi
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Martha Senn
Giorgio Surian
Richard Wagner Composer
Giorgio Surian
Alfredo Kraus
Giorgio Zancanaro
Ernesto Gavazzi
Ruggero Raimondi
Francesca Franci
Maria Borgato
Giorgio Surian
Robert Lloyd
John Noble
Fiorenza Cossotto
Carlo del Bosco
Renata Scotto
Lucio Gallo
Renata Scotto
Nicoletta Curiel
Fiorenza Cossotto
Neilson Taylor
Richard Van Allan
Suso Mariategui
Valeria Esposito
Elena Obraztsova

Composer or Director: Richard Wagner

Genre:

Opera

Label: Music & Arts

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

Mono
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Catalogue Number: CD-1009

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Composition Artist Credit
(Der) Ring des Nibelungen: Part 4, 'Götterdämmerung' Luciana d'Intino
Reri Grist
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Mirella Freni
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Plácido Domingo
Neil Shicoff
Daniella Dessì
Plácido Domingo
Cheryl Studer
Fiorenza Cossotto
Mirella Freni
Samuel Ramey
Grace Moore
Piero Cappuccilli
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Plácido Domingo
Alfredo Giacomotti
Ernesto Gavazzi
Richard Van Allan
Samuel Ramey
Daniella Dessì
Giorgio Zancanaro
Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Anne Evans
Plácido Domingo
Dolora Zajick
Kenneth Collins
Mirella Freni
John Tomlinson
Plácido Domingo
Renato Bruson
Cheryl Studer
Plácido Domingo
Nuccia Focile
Cheryl Studer
Fiorenza Cossotto
Luigi Roni
Giorgio Zancanaro
Renato Bruson
Piero Cappuccilli
Kenneth Collins
David Barrett
Giorgio Surian
Samuel Ramey
Mario Bolognesi
Renato Bruson
Mirella Freni
Orfeo Zanetti
Giorgio Surian
Richard Wagner Composer
Mirella Freni
Paolo Coni
Ernesto Gavazzi
Samuel Ramey
Nicola Martinucci
Giorgio Zancanaro
Gwynne Howell
Esther Casas
Samuel Ramey
Hans Knappertsbusch
Giorgio Zancanaro
Paul Plishka
John Tomlinson
Plácido Domingo
Marilena Laurenza
Doris Doe
Plácido Domingo
Raoul Jobin
Ernesto Gavazzi
Luciano Pavarotti
Alexander Anisimov
Giorgio Zancanaro
Giorgio Giorgetti
Mirella Freni
Anne Evans
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Giorgio Surian
Alessio de Paolis
Martina Arroyo
Gianfranco Manganotti
Plácido Domingo
John Tomlinson
Samuel Ramey
Piero Cappuccilli
Anne Evans
Richard Van Allan
Andrea Silvestrelli
Kenneth Collins
Ezio Pinza
Richard Van Allan
Giorgio Zancanaro
Jolanda Michieli
Daniella Dessì
Fiorenza Cossotto
(Der) Ring des Nibelungen: Part 2, '(Die) Walküre' Cristina Pastorello
Dominic Natoli
Matthew Hargreaves
Matthew Hargreaves
Bruce Ford
Dominic Natoli
Matthew Hargreaves
Richard Wagner Composer
Bruce Ford
Majella Cullagh
Majella Cullagh
Matthew Hargreaves
Matthew Hargreaves
Matthew Hargreaves
Dominic Natoli
Bruce Ford
Matthew Hargreaves
Cristina Pastorello
Majella Cullagh
Dominic Natoli
Cristina Pastorello
Cristina Pastorello
Cristina Pastorello
Matthew Hargreaves
Bruce Ford
Majella Cullagh
Bruce Ford
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Cristina Pastorello
Cristina Pastorello
Dominic Natoli
Bruce Ford
Bruce Ford
Cristina Pastorello
Bruce Ford
Dominic Natoli
Cristina Pastorello
Dominic Natoli
Cristina Pastorello
Dominic Natoli
Majella Cullagh
Majella Cullagh
Cristina Pastorello
Bruce Ford
Matthew Hargreaves
Cristina Pastorello
Majella Cullagh
Cristina Pastorello
Majella Cullagh
Cristina Pastorello
Majella Cullagh
Cristina Pastorello
Dominic Natoli
Dominic Natoli
Matthew Hargreaves
Bruce Ford
Cristina Pastorello
Dominic Natoli
Matthew Hargreaves
Matthew Hargreaves
Bruce Ford
Bruce Ford
Matthew Hargreaves
Majella Cullagh
Majella Cullagh
Matthew Hargreaves
Matthew Hargreaves
Majella Cullagh
Dominic Natoli
Dominic Natoli
Bruce Ford
Dominic Natoli
Dominic Natoli
Matthew Hargreaves
Dominic Natoli
Matthew Hargreaves
Bruce Ford
Dominic Natoli
Hans Knappertsbusch
Majella Cullagh
Dominic Natoli
Bruce Ford
Majella Cullagh
Matthew Hargreaves
Cristina Pastorello
Matthew Hargreaves
Matthew Hargreaves
Cristina Pastorello
Diana Montague
Cristina Pastorello
Cristina Pastorello
Matthew Hargreaves
Dominic Natoli
Majella Cullagh
Matthew Hargreaves
Bruce Ford
Cristina Pastorello
Cristina Pastorello
Dominic Natoli
Cristina Pastorello
Dominic Natoli
Dominic Natoli
Matthew Hargreaves
Dominic Natoli
Cristina Pastorello
Cristina Pastorello
Bruce Ford
Bruce Ford
Bruce Ford
Majella Cullagh
Majella Cullagh
Bruce Ford
Majella Cullagh
Bruce Ford
Bruce Ford
Majella Cullagh
Bruce Ford
Majella Cullagh
Cristina Pastorello
Majella Cullagh
Majella Cullagh
Bruce Ford
Cristina Pastorello
Matthew Hargreaves
Paul Austin Kelly
Majella Cullagh
Majella Cullagh
Dominic Natoli
(Der) Ring des Nibelungen: Part 1, '(Das) Rheingold' Lore Wissmann
Paula Lenchner
Astrid Varnay
Wolfgang Windgassen
Jean Madeira
Gré Brouwenstijn
Jean Madeira
Ilse Hollweg
Josef Greindl
Gustav Neidlinger
Jean Madeira
Paul Kuen
Maria von Ilosvay
Hans Hotter
Wolfgang Windgassen
Paul Kuen
Josef Traxel
Gustav Neidlinger
Jean Madeira
Astrid Varnay
Georgine von Milinkovic
Wolfgang Windgassen
Maria von Ilosvay
Josef Greindl
Josef Greindl
Paul Kuen
Astrid Varnay
Astrid Varnay
Astrid Varnay
Alfons Herwig
Hans Hotter
Astrid Varnay
Paula Lenchner
Gustav Neidlinger
Georgine von Milinkovic
Georgine von Milinkovic
Gustav Neidlinger
Richard Wagner Composer
Josef Greindl
Josef Greindl
Hans Knappertsbusch
Astrid Varnay
Hans Hotter
Gustav Neidlinger
Jean Madeira
Paula Lenchner
Jean Madeira
Wolfgang Windgassen
Gré Brouwenstijn
Paula Lenchner
Lore Wissmann
Josef Greindl
Gré Brouwenstijn
Paul Kuen
Astrid Varnay
Hermann Uhde
Georgine von Milinkovic
Gustav Neidlinger
Paula Lenchner
Maria von Ilosvay
Arnold Van Mill
Lore Wissmann
Jean Madeira
Wolfgang Windgassen
Arnold Van Mill
Maria von Ilosvay
Ludwig Suthaus
Paul Kuen
Wolfgang Windgassen
Paula Lenchner
Paul Kuen
Hans Hotter
Arnold Van Mill
Maria von Ilosvay
Gré Brouwenstijn
Georgine von Milinkovic
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Gustav Neidlinger
Maria von Ilosvay
Gré Brouwenstijn
Wolfgang Windgassen
Jean Madeira
Luisecharlotte Kamps
Maria von Ilosvay
Arnold Van Mill
Josef Greindl
Maria von Ilosvay
Wolfgang Windgassen
Astrid Varnay
Hans Hotter
Astrid Varnay
Maria von Ilosvay
Maria von Ilosvay
Astrid Varnay
Gerda Lammers
Hans Hotter
Maria von Ilosvay
Hans Hotter
Hilde Scheppan
Wolfgang Windgassen
Gré Brouwenstijn
Gustav Neidlinger
Georgine von Milinkovic
Maria von Ilosvay
Josef Greindl
Lore Wissmann
Elisabeth Schärtel
Gustav Neidlinger
Jean Madeira
Hans Hotter
Jean Madeira
Hans Hotter
Josef Greindl
Astrid Varnay
(Der) Ring des Nibelungen: Part 3, 'Siegfried' John Westbrook
Mary Simmons
Reri Grist
Ann Howard
Donald Gramm
Janis Martin
Jean Manning
Patricia Rideout
Richard Wagner Composer
Hans Knappertsbusch
Patricia Payne
Regina Sarfaty
Alexander Young
Peter Tracey
Renata Scotto
Renata Scotto
Elaine Bonazzi
Judith Raskin
Ileana Cotrubas
Ileana Cotrubas
Gloria Jennings
Shirley Verrett
Margaret Cable
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
László Polgár
Loren Driscoll
Herbert Beattie
George Shirley
Doreen Cryer
Susan Belinck
John Reardon
Marina Picassi
Shirley Minty
Marilyn Horne
Don Garrard
Vinson Cole
Stanley Kolk
Renata Scotto
Elizabeth Bainbridge
Ileana Cotrubas
Chester Watson
Kevin Miller
Gillian Knight
Edita Gruberová
Gillian Knight
It all depends what you want from a recording of Wagner’s cycle. Each of these performances offers a very different view both as regards interpretation and recording. The famous Decca set, which used to have the trademark, “Sonicstage”, remains a monument to John Culshaw’s imagination in creating a mind’s eye view of the work, complete with sound effects, changes of recording level and electronic enhancements. It has it own validity but set beside the true stage perspectives in the Sawallisch/EMI set, which originally came out in video and Laserdisc form (and won Gramophone’s Video Award in 1993), the Decca can now sound contrived even unnatural. Also, by comparison with the EMI, it gives the orchestra greater prominence than you would encounter in the theatre. The final points militating against the Decca vis-a-vis the EMI is that it was recorded over eight years, which necessitated a number of important roles, Wotan, Fricka, Erda and Mime among them, being shared among different singers so that it lacks the unity of concept vouchsafed by the EMI, taken off the stage during the time scale of one cycle. The 1956 Music & Arts issue is something else again: the often grand, electrifying but also erratic view of a great Wagnerian caught on the wing in what is generally acknowledged to be his best performance of the cycle at Bayreuth, with a superb cast but, of course, in less than electrifying sound …
These points are underlined when we compare the conductors’ readings. Solti’s often viscerally thrilling performance is lamed by a stop-go, vertical approach, but he does have the Vienna Philharmonic in superlative form, sounding even better in these latest transfers, for which the Decca engineers have managed to eliminate the tape hiss on the previous CD issues. Not unexpectedly, and as I found in my video review (5/92), Sawallisch, lays much more emphasis on secure line and unity over a whole act, speeds finely honed and an indefinable but irresistible sense of forward movement that eludes Solti, and his orchestra yields little or nothing to the VPO in terms sheer sound and surpasses it in matters of clear, precise articulation.
Above all Sawallisch conveys the love, violence and tragedy in the great work projecting live drama in a way that recalls Bohm’s classic Bayreuth recording of the 1960s, now at mid-price. Knappertsbusch is much more wilful. His heavy-going Rheingold and a tendency to exaggerate ritardandos or over-emphasize rhythms are mostly forgotten and forgiven when he gives to purple passages a grandeur and elemental power his two successors cannot match, and his Bayreuth forces respond with equally elemental playing. He is at his best in the final two dramas.
In some respects the casts reflect the work of their conductors. By and large, in the modern manner, Sawallisch’s singers are lighter in weight than their predecessors, but each has learnt, after working with their conductor over several cycles at the time, his overriding wish for legato singing. As Brunnhilde, though vocally she is seldom Nilsson’s equal, Behrens makes us, as ever, forget some inequalities in her singing for the sake of the radiance and feeling of her interpretation. Hale sings with consistently firm though not always commanding enough tone and fills phrase after phrase with a deep undertow of meaning. He isn’t the equal of Hotter, Wotan on the other two sets (except for the Decca Rheingold), in authority or in giving the text a Lieder singer’s detail of expression that noble singer is better heard at Bayreuth in 1956, at the zenith of his powers, than ten years later on Decca when his voice had lost focus and some strength. Indeed his 1956 reading is an absolute essential for anyone interested in Ring interpretation. In Act 3 of Walkure and in the whole of the Wanderer’s part in Siegfried, Hotter is here unsurpassed. Similarly Windgassen is better heard as Siegfried in the earlier performance, when he was in marginally better voice, and his reading of the part there has not been rivalled before or since either for security of conviction though his reading for Bohm runs his earlier one at Bayreuth a close second. Kollo, by comparison, sounds effortful at times, but his intelligence and lively delivery count for much.
Windgassen also sings a Siegmund at Bayreuth (where he took over at very short notice from Vinay) to ring one’s withers. By his side King sounds staid and uninvolved, Schunk a shade overparted, but Schunk certainly has the right timbre for the role and is inspired by his Sieglinde, the unique Varady, to great things by virtue of her wonderfully meaningful treatment of the text, though Crespin provides the more beautiful sound, Brouwenstijn the more consistent phrasing. There’s little to choose among three imposing Hundings.
In Rheingold, Knappertshusch’s singers provide the most interesting interpretations. His Loge (Suthaus), like Solti’s (Svanholm), was also a Siegfried and the voices and experience of both make Tear – for all his intelligence – seem rather small beer. Tear and a too insistent Fricka apart, Sawallisch also has a splendid team. Where Alberich is concerned, there is nothing to choose between Neidlinger (both Decca and Music & Arts) and Wlaschiha – both exude command. In the two final operas there are authoritative basses all-round. Pampuch and Kuen are less inclined to overdo Mime’s whinings than Stolze. Of the three urgent Waltrautes, Meier is the most urgent and articulate of all. The change of Erdas in the Solti set is unfortunate. Madeira sings the role complete, and with tremendous authority at Bayreuth, but Schwarz at Munich is not far behind. Uhde, at Bayreuth, is by far the most convincing Gunther.
Price is obviously going to play a part in making a choice among these sets and those others in contention. At the budget level, the Sawallisch is a satisfying experience at almost every level, even if the whole performance is just a trifle too recessed in sound. The rival Janowski, the first digitally recorded version (made in 1980-3 in Dresden) is just as vivid a performance, though without quite the Wagnerian heft of Sawallisch – and its Brunnhilde is no match for Behrens. The Solti, now at mid-price, will always have its admirers, and deservedly so for the consistency of Culshaw’s ideas, but at that price level the Bohm remains for me a more vital experience, with Nilsson in even more exciting form than for Solti. The Knappertsbuch is a very special event, at its best – and it’s often at its best – unrivalled by any of these other readings, especially when Hotter, Varnay and Windgassen are operating, but its mono sound may for some rule it out of contention. At least it is there as a historic document of the utmost importance. Decca provide full texts and translations, EMI a detailed summary, Music & Arts not even that.'

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