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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen [Deluxe numbered limited edition] [CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set]

Georg Solti Audio CD
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Georg Solti, 21 October 1912 – 5 September 1997) was a Hungarian-British orchestral and operatic conductor. He was a major classical recording artist, holding the record for having received the most Grammy Awards, having personally won 31 as a conductor, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.[2] In addition to his recordings he is ... Read more in Amazon's Georg Solti Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Sep 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 17
  • Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set
  • Label: Decca Classics
  • ASIN: B008J1QFLU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,330 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As well as the Georg Solti's complete iconic recording of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen on 14CDs, the set also contains:-
• Deryck Cooke's Introduction to the Ring
• facsimiles of pages from Solti's rehearsal edition of the Ride of the Valkyries (exclusive to this edition)
• a CD of various Wagner overtures and orchestral works
• The Golden Ring - the BBC documentary about the making of the recording, on DVD
• The Ring Resounding - John Culshaw's account of the entire project from inception to completion (exclusive to this edition)
• 5 exclusive art prints of photographs from the recording sessions (exclusive to this edition)
• a 40 page brochure with facsimiles of the original Gramophone reviews and the adverts that were placed for the original releases (exclusive to this edition)
• and the entire tetralogy on one Blu-Ray Audio in 24-bit lossless files (exclusive to this edition)

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Volumes have been written about this recording of the Ring which defined a new era in stereo recording. Despite my love and admiration of other sets by the likes of Keilberth, Karajan, Bohm and the undervalued if imperfect Levine, the Solti Ring was and remains my first love for these works. I am not blind (deaf?) to its faults-I regret the casting of a Hans Hotter well past his best, it would have been good to have had a fresher voiced Siegfried, though I love Windgassen in the role-and Stolze's Mime is not my favourite-but this cycle has the fewest "dud " castings.
As for Solti as conductor, I don't think he ever mastered Wälkure, and his emphatic conducting style doesn't suit everyone's taste. I recall critic Michael Tanner asserting that the Solti Ring was the best to choose for "dipping" in and out, for no matter what the excerpt being played, there would be an exciting climax along in a few minutes!
I love the excitement, drama and grandeur he brings to the score overall.
With the passage of time, most of the mysteries have been de-mystified, rumours confirmed or debunked, and secrets revealed.
Decca recouped most of its initial production costs on the sale of sets in the late 50's and 60's-most of which were in Mono! Since then it has been a veritable "cash cow" for Decca reappearing in various guises and remasterings. Rheingold was first remastered in 1968, to bring the sound to the levels of the later sets released under Decca's "SET" Sonicstage" imprimatur, and it upgraded from SXL to SET with a consequent increase in price. With the advent of CD, Decca's first transfer was neither satisfactory nor cheap-they even released Rheingold on 3 Full Price CD's, though this was later reduced to 2. The main problem was an inordinate amount of tape hiss.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly a stone of of gorgeous 20 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD
It was delivered last night from amazon uk and I am delighted with the sheer quality of this box set's production quality.

I have many expensive box sets, some nearly as expensive as this one but this collection is by far the highest quality. Is it value for money? Absolutely not. If it was value for money you are after you would buy another shoebox sized set from Brilliant Records (I have a good many).

No, what is on offer here is quality, a thing of beauty, something to treasure over the years.

I have listened to rhinegold so far and I hear a noticeable improvement in noise floor and a general sharpness in audio detail over the 1997 remasters. It's hard to believe it was recorded before I was born, such is the clarity and width of the sound field.

I really enjoy old style stereo recording techniques. I find most modern recordings emphasise the centre of the stereo image too much producing a narrow sound field. Solti's Ring is an outstanding example of how stereo sound should be, ie wide from side to side and deep from front to back. There is a clear differentiation between left and right channels here giving a three dimensional feeling like you are on the stage with them.

I listen exclusively with headphones (Audeze LCD2) so this is especially noticeable.

In conclusion; a beautiful set in itself with the added bonus of the definitive version of one of the best sound recordings ever made.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars plenty here for fans of the Solti Ring 9 Jan 2013
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This cost a lot of money for a set that's been out for such a long time, so my three stars reflects value as well. For anyone wishing to mark Wagner year and honour this famous recording, this box is worth having. It's packaged in four heavy books, each about the size of an LP set. In one you'll find the full text of Culshaw's marvellous account of the recording of the Solti Ring, The Ring Resounding. If you have the original book you'll have clearer print and far better reproduction of the photographs, which are rather poor here, but if you don't, this is wonderful to have. Another volume very usefully prints the text and music examples of Deryck Cooke's An Introduction to Der Ring des Nibelungen, which you also get on two CDs; this is another strong incentive to buy this set. The reproduction of extracts from Solti's conducting scores, including several pages from the opening of Die Walkure, Act III (Ride of the Valkryies) is fascinating for the light they shed on the way Solti communicated with the Decca production team. Another huge bonus.

I also enjoyed the fine reproduction of pages from the Gramophone relating to the Ring project, including Decca's detailed advertisements, all with wonderful pictures. But the large-format photographs given separately are not of high enough quality to get me excited.

The librettos are given, of course, in another book, but the question a lot of people will ask is whether the latests CDs and blu-ray disc give us a significant improvement over the last version, which is now available very cheaply indeed. The answer is not enough. Decca didn't do a new transfer for this edition; they merely had another crack at the digital tapes made in 1997, because the analogue tapes were found to be unplayable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous! 30 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
Desired this cycle for almost three decades. Glad I waited. A spectacular presentation of a seminal offering, truly this is the one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good to say, and sad to say -it does not get any better than this.
Solti’s ”Ring” is arguably the best complete version of this mighty work. However it is certainly not without flaws and competition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Poul Slot
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set which does a lot to facilitate both listening and...
What I like about this set is the quality of the recording. The sound is very clear, and the various details (motives, voices etc. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Peter Nørgaard
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SET
Published 13 months ago by CENTRAL LONDON MAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound!
A luxury this may be, but a beautifully presented edition of this now landmark recording which has (again) been remastered offering even better sound quality than the last (1997? Read more
Published 20 months ago by PB
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh come on now: its good but
I have just watched, listened to and thoroughly enjoyed the Ring at the Royal Opera; it was fantastic. Definitely one pinnacle of human artistic endeavour. Read more
Published 21 months ago by JHL ... Fermanagh Man
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound matters
I have not bought this very attractive edition of Solti's Ring. I must confess, I am at loss to understand why Decca did not issue the whole Ring at 24bit/96 (as they have done... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Roberto56
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Plotzing!
Yes, this is a very expensive box set. But, it is worth every penny!!! Just the Blu-ray alone is worth the price of this set. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Vincent G. Marino
5.0 out of 5 stars Ring Resounding
I received my copy today and the weight of the set it extraordinary. The whole package oozes quality and from the few excerpts I've listened to these latest tranfers are the best... Read more
Published 22 months ago by R. Pearl
5.0 out of 5 stars A Glorious Extravagance
It is impossible not to start consideration of this immense, luxurious set without setting aside immediately the question of whether it's value for money. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sordel
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