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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: 18,531 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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7 of 7 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Ring 28 Dec 2013
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I bought this Ring because it was so cheap and only to obtain the Furtwangler Die Walkure. The Furtwangler Walkure is "astounding".
I must say that I am impressed by the quality of the whole cycle. I have a few of the others on different labels and think that these pressings are spot on. I am steadily leaning towards live performances even though they may include bumps and coughs and fluffed notes but really "who cares". In a live performance that's exactly what you get especially that lady in row G37 who is trying to quietly take a lolly rapped in cellophane out of her bag and does it in the "quietest" moment of the opera.
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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ring among Rings 4 Nov 2013
By Dr B
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The Furtwangler Walkure is a well known benchmark, and the sound here is at least as good as the EMI issue. The 1952-3 Keilberth Ring from Bayreuth is simply stunning, to my ears better than the1955 cycle on Testament, sweeter and more intimate (and about a twentieth of the price). A door-busting bargain by any standards: great singers (some the greatest ever, including Hotter in his absolute prime) with a great conductor on top form and the authentic sound and atmosphere of Bayreuth in the 50s -- all this for 70 pence a disc. How can you go wrong? Buy it, without hesitation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent ring 9 July 2013
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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.How wrong the pundits were,it was a Parsifal I love,and a great favourite,with excellent sound--so given this experience,i thought I'd try this composite Ring.Similarly,not at all disappointed.3 parts by Keilberth,1 by Furtwangler(the Furtwangler on Naxos alone is close to the total cost of this whole Ring),great singers on the whole,Bayreuth(the ONLY venue,for me at least),and can be comparable to Krauss' great cycle.Yes,I think ZYX jumped on the bicentenary bandwagon,and grouped 4 disparate recordings together,but so what?
This would be great for the newcomer who wants a taste of Wagner's masterwork,and is certainly of extreme interest to us older,more dedicated listeners.And so much for so little...the age of miracles is not passed...now if only ZYX could put out a cheap Krauss Ring,that'd be something,as Orfeo are charging over £60.What makes them think they'll ever attract the merely curious with that kind of pricing?Folly,thy name is Orfeo(or greed).
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