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Wagner: Das Rheingold (Highlights) [CD]

Richard Wagner Audio CD

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1. Wagner : Das Rheingold : Prelude
2. "Wagner : Das Rheingold : Scene 1 "" Weia! Waga! Woge du Welle!"" [Woglinde, Wellgunde, Flosshilde]"
3. "Wagner : Das Rheingold : Scene 1 ""Lugt, Schestern!"" [Alberich, Woglinde, Wellgunde, Flosshilde]"
4. "Wagner : Das Rheingold : Scene 1 ""Was ist's, ihr Glatten"" [Alberich, Woglinde, Wellgunde, Flosshilde]"
5. "Wagner : Das Rheingold : Scene 1 ""Der Welt Erbe gewann' zu eigen"" [Alberich, Woglinde, Wellgunde, Flosshilde]"
6. "Wagner : Das Rheingold : Scene 2 ""Sanft schloss Schlaf besorgt"" [Wotan, Donner, Froh, Fricka, Freia, Fasolt]"
7. "Wagner : Das Rheingold : Scene 2 ""Auf, loge"" [Wotan, Donner, Froh, Loge, Fricka]"
8. "Wagner : Das Rheingold : Scene 3 ""Nehmt euch in acht!"" [Wotan, Alberich, Mime]"
9. "Wagner : Das Rheingold : Scene 3 ""Zittre und zage"" [Alberich]"
10. "Wagner : Das Rheingold : Scene 4 ""Weiche, Wotan, weiche!"" [Wotan, Erda]"
11. "Wagner : Das Rheingold : Scene 4 ""Schwüles Gedünst"" [Donner, Froh]"
12. "Wagner : Das Rheingold : Scene 4 ""Abenddlich strahlt der Sonne Auge"" [Wotan, Fricka]"
13. "Wagner : Das Rheingold : Scene 4 ""Ihrem Ende eilen sie zu"" [Loge]"
14. "Wagner : Das Rheingold : Scene 4 ""Rheingold, Rheingold!"" [Wotan, Loge, Woglinde, Wellgunde, Flosshilde]"

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great highlights disc from a great Ring cycle! 11 Oct 2010
By Autonomeus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This highlights disc is taken from the great Barenboim Ring cycle recorded in 1991 and 1992 at Bayreuth. DAS RHEINGOLD was recorded in June/July 1991, and the other three operas were recorded in June/July 1992.

The Barenboim Ring cycle is acclaimed as one of the best of recent times, with John Tomlinson as Wotan, Anne Evans as Brunnhilde, and Siegfried Jerusalem, appropriately enough, as Siegfried. While listeners, critics and philosophers have argued passionately about various interpretations of Wagner's libretto, and opera fans and critics debate the relative merits of singers and performances and sets, there are few who are not moved by the magnificent music. And Barenboim and the Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele are superb!

What you have here is 50'33 of fantastic Wagner, with excellent singers. The liner notes are minimal, just a brief synopsis of the characters and story. The complete box includes four lengthy booklets, one for each opera, containing the complete libretto.

The other three Ring operas are also available in this Barenboim highlights series: Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Gotterdammerung. I listen to these Barenboim highlights discs more often than the entire operas -- the length is ideal for everyday listening, while the entire operas, let alone the entire cycle, require some specially dedicated listening time. And while it wouldn't make sense to *watch* these works in fragments, the music does not have the same requirement. I can enjoy the Ring an hour at a time much more often than the entire operas -- thank goodness I'm not a purist, or I would only hear the music on rare occasions.

And if you are not sure about Wagner or the Ring, or not sure about the practicality of such long multi-disc operas, then by all means check out these Barenboim highlights discs and hear for yourself!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 23 Jun 2012
By Joseph Rochetto - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I listen to this and all the Ring Cycle highlights constantly in my house. In my noisy truck I cannpot pick up some of the very low momewnts but this should not be a problem in a quieter car.
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