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Janowski Ring Edition [Box set]

Marek Janowski Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Jan 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 14
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B009EJSV2C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Das Rheingold - Oper in vier Szenen
Disc: 2
1. Die Walküre - Oper in drei Aufzügen
Disc: 3
1. Siegfried - Oper in drei Aufzügen
Disc: 4
1. Götterdämmerung - Oper in einem Vorspiel und drei Aufzügen - Chor der Sächsischen Staatsoper, Staatsopernchor Leipzig

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Wagner was inspired by the medieval Nibelung saga that was resurrected in the zeitgeist of 19th century Germany and found an enthusiastic readership among the composer’s contemporaries. However he was to labour over it for more than a quarter of a century to shape his vision into the four-part cycle of epic proportions. From the primeval opening of the prologue, Das Rheingold, to the cataclysm of the end of Götterdämmerung, Wagner relates the story of how lust for the magical, power-giving ring fashioned from the gold at the bottom of the Rhine leads to the ultimate destruction of the gods and their fortress, Valhalla.
In this vast work, Wagner breaks the bonds of 19th-century opera to create a music drama like no other: part myth from the dawn of time, part parable of greed, power and politics, it is also a thrilling tale of human heroism and self-sacrifice and an orchestral tour de force all in one.
Janowski’s version was the first ever digital recording of the Ring, set down in a concentrated sequence of sessions at the beginning of the 1980s and released as a complete set in 1984. Consistently cast across the four operas with a roll-call of great Wagnerians, the set features the authoritative Wotan of Theo Adam, the fresh-voiced Siegmund of tenor Siegfried Jerusalem and soprano Jessye Norman as Sieglinde, heard here at the peak of her early career. At the time of recording, the role of Siegfried had become calling-card of tenor René Kollo, heard in all the international opera-houses, while American soprano Jeannine Altmeyer had just moved on from being Sieglinde at Bayreuth under Boulez to the challenging starring role of Brünnhilde. The legendary Peter Schreier appears as both Loge and Mime, while the first voice to be heard is that of Lucia Popp as the Rhinemaiden Woglinde. The host of Valkyries features a young Cheryl Studer and Kathleen Kuhlmann.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Janowski Ring 12 Aug 2013
By jim
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this Ring cycle as phonograph records upon their release many years ago. I was impressed by the performances, the sound quality (the first Ring cycle to be recorded digitally) and the packaging/presentation.
This CD boxed set, issued to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth, is no less impressive.

The packaging is especially well done, probably the best of any of the bicentennial offerings this year.

Each opera comes in a sturdy cardboard box, designed to replicate the LP originals. The individual operas each have a perfect bound libretto booklet and the discs themselves are in dedicated cardboard sleeves which are colored to match the outer box which houses them. The rear of each sleeve lists performers, recording dates and locations, track information and times.

The outer box is very sturdy, and has a removable top (no worry about the wear and tear on a paper hinged opening), with the title, composer's name, orchestra and conductor's name embossed in gold lettering.

Impressive and enjoyable!
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3.0 out of 5 stars CD Manufacturer no good 26 May 2014
By Xierra
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There are already lots comments about the interpretaions, performance, recording quality of this RING cycle, which are depended on personal understanding of the music and individual taste. This is overall a very fine version Ring, good casting, good orchestra, especially the natural, balanced sound of the recording.

What I have to mention here is the manufacturer plant of the CDs is changed from BMG's Sonopress to Sony DADC Austria.
The Sony DADC Austria audio CDs alway have a less transparent, less clear sound than other manufacturers like Sonopress, PDO/PMDC/UML, Sony DADC USA, etc. It sounds slightly muddy overall especially at the high frequency range. Those SONY/CBS CDs made in SONY DADC USA have beenmuch better than those made in Sony DADC Austria in terms of transparency,clearness, and high frequency extension.

The BMG/RCA/EURODISC CDs I bought before were all made by Sonopress. These less clear sounding Sony DADC Austria made ones do let me down.

The box arrived with a broken lid with cracks, which is no longer able to cover the box. This is unacceptable for a deluxe look edition.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best Ring studio recording 17 Feb 2013
By JonT.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've got pretty much every Ring and this is the single best choice for a studio recording, no question. Terrific casting and great orchestral playing. Unfussy conducting that brings out the lyrical. Probably the best Siegfried of any studio recording - Kollo - and even though Theo Adam as Wotan may be a little past his prime he's still terrific as Wotan. Best Rhinemaidens too, and Peter Schreier as Loge [Rheingold] and Mime [Siegfried] is astonishing. A far more satisfying overall experience than Solti (bang! crash!), and better than more recent recordings as well (Levine, Haitink). The Dohnyani might have been a contender if it had been finished but it was cancelled after Walkure. This re-issue is a bargain price and the packaging, although not as lush as the original vinyl [which I also have] is pretty smart nonetheless.Janowski Ring Edition
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