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Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Gesamt / Complete) [Box set]

Wolfgang Windgassen , Werner Uhde , Martha Mödl , Leonie Rysanek , Erika Köth , et al. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Jan 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 13
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Zyx - Classic (ZYX)
  • ASIN: B009P4LVUK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,247 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2013 - the great Wagner anniversary!

And we celebrate along: It's the composer's 200th birthday - and the customer receives the gift: The complete "Ring of the Nibelung" in a great box! All four operas on 13 cds at a great price!

Featuring the greatest singers of their time alongside the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic - and conductor legends Joseph Keilberth and Wilhelm Furtwängler!!!

13 CD, appr. running time 816 min.

CD 1-2:
Das Rheingold / The Rhine Gold
Werner Uhde, Ira Malaniuk, Wolfgang Windgassen
Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
(122 Min, 1952)

CD 3-5:
Die Walküre / The Valkyrie
Martha Mödl, Leonie Rysanek, Ludwig Suthaus, Gottlob Frick, Erika Köth
Vienna Philharmonic
Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
(228 Min., 1954)

CD 6-9:
Wolfgang Windgassen, Paul Kuen, Martha Mödl, Gustav Neidlinger, Josef Greindl
Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
(233 Min., 1953)

CD 10-13:
Götterdämmerung / Twilight of the Gods
Max Lorenz, Astrid Varnay, Josef Greindl, Hermann Uhde
Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
(233 Min., 1953)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An historical super-bargain 7 Jun 2013
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I cannot believe that there are complaints in some reviews about the fact that this is a compilation of classic 50's recordings. For absurdly little money, in excellent mono sound, you get a complete "Ring" made up of two live Bayreuth "Gesamtkunstwerken" from 1952 and another from 1953, all conducted by Keilberth and the celebrated 1954 studio recording of "Die Walküre" conducted by Furtwängler. What more do they want?

In any case, their style is hardly very disparate and they have a number of great singers in common - singers who also feature on "Ring" cycles from the same era at Bayreuth in productions conducted by Clemens Krauss; it is those live recordings (preferably remastered by Pristine but also available reasonably in inferior sound on Opera d'Oro) which form the most viable alternative to this collection. Although the casting of the chief roles is not consistent throughout, there are advantages to this: you get to hear Hermann (for some strange reason wrongly called "Werner" here) Uhde's noble, nervy Wotan and his Gunther; you may hear two of the very greatest exponents of Brünnhilde in Martha Mödl and Astrid Varnay, a younger Wolfgang Windgassen in clear, heroic voice (but very uncertain, rhythmically speaking, in "Nothung"), Hans Hotter in his prime totally commanding as Wotan/the Wanderer and a number of other classic assumptions such as Gustav Neidlinger's justly famous Alberich. Max Lorenz came out of retirement to sing Siegfried in "Götterdämmerung" and is labouring a little, but is he still very convincing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By s.s
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I have managed, somehow, to live with just the one recording of The Ring, Sir Georg Solti's magnificent studio effort, forever, whilst merrily gathering many recordings of Wagners' other works when I suddenly decided I should go for another full Ring cycle. A search later, a baffling range of cycles appeared for various prices, different orchestras, singers, conductors e.t.c. As soon as I saw this set for just £11 I had to have it, and without reading a single review put it straight into the basket and off I went. The initial overwhelming from so many CDs for such a price soon evaporated, however. I soon came to the conclusion that most of it, Die Walkure excepting, was not reasonably listenable. This review, however, is being written over 2 months later, and after many re-listens, how I've changed my tune. Mostly. The Die Walkure needs no explanation, other than this short explanation. Wilhelm Furtwangler, 1954, in the studio with Modl, Rysanek and Suthaus to keep him company, produced a testament recording to this most magnificent of operas. Slower than the Solti recording, and yet it all seems so right. With singers of this class, legato takes on a whole new meaning.
The Gotterdammerung I never had a problem with. This is a perfectly reasonable recording, gesamtaufnahme, from 1952. The greatest asset, of course, is that powerhouse of a tenor, Max Lorenz, making it all seem so effortless. The recording is clear, with relatively few coughs present, which is a first, surely. I listen this a fair bit, along side my studio copy. This says it all.
The Siegfried, under Keilberth, as is all the live copies, from 1953, is where everything changed. I couldn't stand it when i brought it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Der Ring 3 Dec 2013
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I own several versions of The Ring, and lots of 'bleeding chunks,' so why buy another? Of course I was tempted by the price, and attracted particularly by the Furtwangler Walkure. I already have the Clemens Krause Ring on MP3 (also an Amazon bargain) and can't pretend to be expert enough to hear much difference between Krause and Keilberth, perhaps time will reveal various features. So far I have only played Act II of Valkyrie, and have not been disappointed, it's really rather special.
The recorded quality is acceptable, it's the usual thing that once you're used to it you no longer notice. Voices are mostly fine and you do lose orchestral range and depth compared to Barenboim or Solti, but that doesn't spoil the enjoyment.
Wagner enthusiasts would want to possess this set for its' historical value, newcomers may find it less gripping in places. Let me say to anyone wanting to get to know these marvellous works, your enjoyment will increase ten-fold if you obtain a libretto. You'll be surprised to find Wotan's not an old bore, everything he says, or sings, has meaning. It makes such a difference to know who's singing and what they're singing about. You'll even be surprised to hear how economical Wagner is with his storytelling, and how quickly the pages turn. Another recommendation is to obtain a copy of at least one book giving the story and background: Ernest Newman's 'Wagner Nights' probably remains the best in this category, and for wit and wisdom Shaw's 'Perfect Wagnerite' never fails to enlighten and amuse. I don't want to give anyone the impression that you must work at Wagner to get anything out of him, it depends on how far you want to go, but he and his works are endlessly fascinating. You might even try to work out how such an amoral and selfish creature managed to create some of the greatest music ever written.
I didn't intend to ride the hobbyhorse tonight, all that needs saying is this set is a wonderful bargain, buy and enjoy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Ring
I bought this Ring because it was so cheap and only to obtain the Furtwangler Die Walkure. The Furtwangler Walkure is "astounding". Read more
Published 8 months ago by STANISLAW BRAGIEL
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ring among Rings
The Furtwangler Walkure is a well known benchmark, and the sound here is at least as good as the EMI issue. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dr B
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent ring
I first discovered ZYX when I bought the '51 Parsifal from them,not wanting to pay a lot for what I'd always believed to be an inferior recording. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Music Lover
3.0 out of 5 stars STRANGE BREW
This is a very odd set. The performances are undoubtedly interesting from an historic perspective and the audio could be a lot worse. Read more
Published 17 months ago by threewiseninjas
2.0 out of 5 stars Ring Complete?
This was excellent value and it does offer a complete Ring but only 3/4 by Keilberth - the rest is the great Furtwangler Valkyrie. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. Melvin D. Hilbrown
4.0 out of 5 stars What recordings are you reviewing here?
I ordered this set and was very pleasantly surprised. It is a very fine, extremely well sung and well-recorded set. The Walkure is conducted by Furtwangler, the rest by Keilberth. Read more
Published 18 months ago by C. Scott Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars An Invaluable Historical Issue
This issue of the acoustic abridged ring was recorded in London and sung in English. It is, of course, an invaluable historical document. Read more
Published 20 months ago by J. Gibbons
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