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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (Decca Collectors Edition) [Box set]

Richard Wagner, Chor Der Bayreuther Festspiele, Orchester Der Bayreuther Festspiele, Karl Böhm Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Composer: Wagner
  • Audio CD (6 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 14
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B003Y3MYYU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This complete set of the Ring Cycle (Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung) made during live performances in Wagner's theatre at Bayreuth, remains one of the greatest 'Rings' on record. Legendary Wagner singers Theo Adam as Wotan and Birgit Nilsson as Brühnnhilde lead an outstanding cast in this fast-moving and dramatic reading by conductor Karl Böhm. The set includes a new booklet essay by George Hall.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Ringing success-excuse the dreadful pun! 26 Oct 2010
By D. S. CROWE TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This cycle of geniunely live performances in 1966 and 67 from Bayreuth is broadly contemporary to the Solti and Karajan cycles. It was recorded actually by by DG (DGG at that time) but languished on the shelf for some years because of company politics (i.e. Herbert von Karajan!). When Polydor, parent company of DG became part of newly formed Polygram it enabled the set to be released under the Philips imprimatur, at a price more than the cost of current Decca release. In todays terms it would be the equivalent of half a good week's wage-say around £250! I have lived with all these recordings in Vinyl and CD and I have all the commercial recordings of the Ring, and some derived from radio or internet broadcasts. I have my favourite cycle overall and this is not it-but I would never part with it, and it is the top recommendation now because of the price. This is, and always has been, the best Bayreuth Live Ring, the Keilberth notwithstanding. There is nothing "historic" about the sound quality as with the Keilberth, and the casting forms a second "Golden Age." Bohm's reading is swiftly paced, but never rushed and always masterfully shaped. He is not out to re-interpret the Ring-this is a Master Kapellmeister giving his best work, as with Keilberth.
There are flaws and drawbacks as with all live recordings, but fewer than with other live Rings-the prompter/repetiteur being all too often audible (just!) is a minor distraction, but Wieland Wagner's New Bayreuth productions were static, more like tableaux set against huge abstract sets with litlle scene changing-the result is less stage noise than on other recordings.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nilsson's finest hour, and she said so herself 10 Sep 2010
By D. M. Purkiss VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
For people who can't quite wean themselves off Solti and onto the joys of Keilberth or Krauss (both wonderful, and you can't have too many Rings) this offering might be a good answer; it's live, but the sound is modern and so is the feel of the orchestra. Boehm's conducting is beautiful, Nilsson impassioned and involved as well as searing, Windgassen much less tired than he was for Solti. Some people are mean about Theo Adam, and he won't remind you of Hans Hotter, but if you like Bernd Weikl as Hans Sachs you'll probably like Adam's Wotan; not mellifluous, but the god is hurting, so why should he sound calm and pretty? The Immolation Scene is to die for, and only Traubel and Lawrence do it better (neither is available, strangely, so soak up gorgeous Varnay or Flagstad). But soak this up too; you won't be sorry.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best buy 4 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
I have around 60 complete Rings and I find this the overall best. The sound is magnificient, the conducting highly inspired, Böhm could be very dull sometimes but certainly not here, Nilsson is unapproachable, Wingassen his reliable self. If you like Theo Adam is a matter of taste, I have heard his Wotan live, and I am impressed. The price for this edition is unbelievable and I think this is the right buy if you want only one Ring.
Buy the way, when rehearsing this Götterdämmerung on stage Böhm uttered: "You are the best Brünnhilde I have heard for more than forty years". And Nilsson rapidly answered: "And who was the better one"? Nilsson knew her values, but she was also a humble person, always supporting collegues. When in the Götterdämmerung performance recorded here Martha Mödl, earlier a fantastic Brünnhilde herself, had finished her part of Waltraute, singing this mezzo role for the first time, Nilsson whispered in her ear "That was very well done".
(To celebrate some sort of jubilee in Bayreuth this summer Philips has published the original very luxury box of this Ring - on 16 LP:s! Quite another cost there, more than £200...)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This was my first Ring. Many followed, many came and went out again: got thrown back you might say. For a time I didn't listen, almost afraid after so many other conductors had been heard, Bohm's lustre might have been tarnished.

I needn't have worried. Just finishing Gotterdammerung as I write this and nothing can alter the greatness of this classic Ring recording.

The best of the stereo era Bayreuth Rings, far better cast than any that followed it and a warmer better-balanced stereo, for all that the miking of the brass isn't wholly conducive - not for the first time at Bayreuth - at least, in contrast to Keilberth's 1955 production, it doesn't sound as if the principle trumpet is actually sitting in your ear, ready to fry your brains. There is a wholly persuasive theatrical perspective for the voices above the orchestra, not shielded by it as in some studio versions. Stage noise is to a minimum, as is audience noises-off, and in any case, a lack of kinetic energy can make a Ring cycle sound enervated.

Bayreuth 1967. A year after Bohm was recorded conducting Windgassen and Nilsson in a perfect Tristan und Isolde, Philips were there to record his marvellously energised Ring. Not hurried, just with a perfect grasp of what these singers could be pushed to achieve. Nilsson's Brunnhilde achieved full maturity here (she declared it her favourite recording) and much as one might admire the nobility of Varnay in earlier years, the beauty (yes, BEAUTY), warmth and emotion, topped by ringing high notes and absolute vocal security, make Nilsson's Brunnhilde the most satisfying assumption on record. Windgassen marshals his resourced ably, fourteen years after his first Siegfried, and he succeeds in making the lad sound more intelligent than most.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful, powerful, majestic. The performances and the production value are outstanding: I can't recommend it highly enough.
Published 5 hours ago by Chairman Rudeboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
The best ever Ring Cycle. I can't praise it enough. Such a fine cast of singers. One of the great pleasures in life.
Great great price too!
Published 2 months ago by Jack
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just the Valkyres
I bought this partly because I like Wagner and partly because I remember how chuffed my Father was when he got it on vinyl. Read more
Published 7 months ago by C. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect bargain set
I think I have been under-estimating - or perhaps neglecting - this complete, live "Ring" for many years, I have always preferred to pick and choose amongst different tetralogies... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ralph Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Reviewed as the best by many, and what a bargain at this price. No more will I just listen to excerpts, as I have found so much more to amaze me from this CD set. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mike David
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb recording at a bargain price
Excellently recorded live performances, whilst inevitably it lacks some of the polish of a studio performance the drama and emotional depth of the performances more than... Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. J. Bradshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars My first time into the whole ring.
magnificent. I welled up many times with joy. Thank you Wagner.I am now studying more into this legend.Oh hoyoh Ho.
Published 14 months ago by David West
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The best recording ever made, the best crew and all singers at their prime. I was at Bayreuth 1966 and 1967 and I experienced all the performences and it was pure bliss (even thou... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Anders Wernersson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Ring Cycle
Some Wagner recordings are quite expensive. This Karl Bohm edition is not, yet it has a great orchestra and cast. Read more
Published 23 months ago by The Doc
5.0 out of 5 stars Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
This boxed set is without a doubt an incredible bargain. It contains Wagner's entire Ring cycle, which was recorded live at the 1966 and 1967 Bayreuth Festivals with Karl... Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2012 by Paula
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