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Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Gesamt / Complete) Box set

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Product details

  • Audio CD (4 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 13
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Zyx - Classic (ZYX)
  • ASIN: B009P4LVUK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Blu-ray
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

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:
Siegfried
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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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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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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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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By Music Lover TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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