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It is, though, Gotterdammerung that really is the highlight of the cycle. Here we get the greatest heldentenor after Melchior, Max Lorenz, in magnificent voice. It is a joy to listen to his Siegfried, much more satisfying that his performance for Furtwangler two years before. The scenes with Varnay and he are filled with so much energy and passion. Noone after him can touch his Siegfried. But in addition to the magnificent Lorenz, we get Josef Greindl's really menacing and terrorfying Hagen. His calling of the vassals raises the hairs on your back. Hermann Uhde as Gunther and Wotan in Rheingold is his usual great self and Martha Modl is a very good Gutrune. Ruth Siewert is quite good as Waltraute.
But the Ring isn't just Gotterdammerung, no matter how good it is. That is why it just gets four stars.Read more ›