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.