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  • Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc Classical
  • ASIN: B000003CUJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,814 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Thus, We Begin In The 'Greenish Twilight' Of The Rhine
2. Float Up To The Home Of The Gods (Entrance Of The Gods Into Valhalla)
3. Fall Amongst Hammering Dwarfs 'Smithying' Away
4. Ride Donner's Thunderbolt, Crawl With The Thirst-Crazed Siegmund To The Haven...
5. In The Sound Code, We 'See' His Loving Gaze
6. Their Flight
7. Wotan's Rage
8. The Cavalcade Of BrÃ1/4nnhilde's Sisters, (Ride Of The Valkyries)
9. Wotan's Farewell To His Favorite Daughter, (Wotan's Farewell And Magic Fire Music)
10. Mime's Fright
11. Siegfried's Forging Of The Magic Sword
12. His Wanderings Through The Forest, (Forest Murmurs)
13. His Slaying Of The Dragon
14. The Dragon's Lament
15. Day Breaking 'Round Sigfried's And BrÃ1/4nnhilde's Passion
16. Siegfried's Rhine Journey, (Dawn And Sigfried's Rhine Journey)
17. Hagen's Call To His Clan
18. Siegfried And The Rhinemaidens
19. His Death And The Funeral Music, (Siegfried's Death And Funeral Music)
20. Immolation. (Immolation Scene)

Product Description

This disc is a unique synthesis of orchestral music from Wagner's Ring cycle. Arranged by Lorin Maazel, this recording includes all the standard Ring orchestral excerpts such as Ride of the Valkyries and Siegfried's Rhine Journey.

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Lorin Maazel, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By AndrewL94 VINE VOICE on 21 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
If like me you're fascinated but put off by the scale of Wagner, this is the disc for you. Though one or two bridge passages sound a bit awkward, Maazel has managed to weave the main orchestral themes of all four mammoth operas into one seamless work. Devoid of any singing, the music is nevertheless authentic Wagner, painted on a vast canvas. You will hear some familiar and not-so-familiar themes sweeping past in majestic pageant, beginning with the creation (the longest chord in music), and ending in the apocalyptic destruction of Valhalla.

By the way, you don't need to know the story (but it helps).

This is an exciting, emotional journey. And there is still plenty of time to go down the pub afterwards.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on 12 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I am a pretender in Wagner and abjectly so. I am not alone. We are legion. Here on Amazon, I could nominate a dozen or so reviewers who really know their stuff. As someone once said to me: unless you long in your bones for the first act of Siegfried - a bridge too far if you ask me - you cannot count yourself a Wagnerian. Keep your distance from the Green Hill and those spartan seats!

I live in terror of the day when the angry (and super-heated) ghost of Winifred Wagner materialises in my living-room and demands to audit my collection. Discs such as the Ring without Words broadcast my status as a pretender. It's as bad as Liszt for Lovers or Mozart & Marshmellows. Nevertheless I will risk Winifred's ire. I won't part with my decades-old copy of Ring without Words. Love is mine.

Contrary to all expectations, Uncle Lorin takes us on a journey and successfully so. One soon gets swept up in the torrent. The transitions are not ineptly handled. More pertinently, where else are you going to hear some swaggering virtuosity married to poetic insight? Wotan's Farewell almost melts through the floor - how did the Berlin Phil do it? How did they ever do it? Much the same could be said of Dawn, Hagen's Call to his Vassals and the Funeral March itself: the sheer intensity of the music-making nullifies whatever reservations one might have.

The Teldec recording is in the demonstration class. One could argue that it is the label's greatest single disc.

It is also an important historical document. It was recorded in December 1987 towards the end of Karajan's reign. The Berlin Phil is still at its resplendent best. For those who glut themselves on its saturated fat, this is the most sybaritic of feasts.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Deven Gadula on 19 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I love listening to the orchestral music of Richard Wagner because it is extremely powerful and moving and Wagner is one of the masters of the gradual emotional buildup and release. I have quite a few recordings of Wagner's orchestral music, overtures and preludes but the one I end up coming back most often to is The Ring Without Words. Music from the Ring is incredible and no lyrics are needed here, regardless how poetic and gentle the language could have sounded. I find this recording to be of a very good quality of tone and I really like the arrangements which sort of compiles it all nicely. Ring Without Words is my favorite tale of the story told.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jimbob on 14 Dec. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Somebody said here that this would be a great addition to their Wagner collection. I doubt it. However it's a great introduction for a beginner. I bought this because I knew little about Wagner apart from the ride of the Valkyries and I thought I ought to know a bit more. I sat down with a glass of plonk and within minutes I was blown away by the amazing overture and the rest. Within a week I'd bought a 2 cd collection. And now I have the entire ring on CD and have seen die Walkure at the cinema (recording of the Met production). I'm hopelessly addicted. To get your head round the Cycle must take years but it's a great journey and I'm loving it. This was a fantastic introduction and I endorse it totally. My one complaint is the weird and unhelpful descriptions of each piece....it's as if the theatrical German of the late 19th century has been translated literally into English: eg " In The Sound Code, We 'See' His Loving Gaze". Still, don't let that put you off
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aisiantonas on 10 July 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a relatively minor complaint, but it bugged me quite a bit so I thought I'd mention it. Whoever at Telarc was responsible for taking this recording and putting it out as a product just doesn't know the Ring Cycle. The tracklist is simply guesswork from Maazel's synopsis. The second excerpt may be based on the Valhalla motif, but in fact it is the transition to scene 2 of the drama, and not, as advertised, the climactic 'Entrance of the Gods'. Likewise, while we hear both Wotan's Farewell and the Magic Fire Music, they are not to be found on the same track: the latter is found on the following track, advertised as 'Mime's Fright'. Finally, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that we do indeed hear Siegfried's Forest Wanderings - I say surprised, because the passage in question is advertised as an excerpt from Act 1, when the Forest Wanderings occur in Act 2! My advice is that you ignore the tracklist and follow Maazel's own delightfully eloquent synopsis.
Other than that, I suppose I have the usual gripes about exclusion. My main issue is with the Siegfried excerpts. Firstly, there is proportionally much less of Siegfried than there is of the rest of the Cycle, and, most unhappily in my view, nothing from Act 3, where that drama's best music is concentrated (this is more than just 'my opinion' - Wagner began Act 3 with all the experience he had gained from writing Tristan and Die Meistersinger, after all). It would not have been difficult to extend the recording by ten more minutes, or drop the comparatively dull dragon stuff, to include the Act 3 prelude and, most important of all, some of the wonderful climactic love scene. I believe that the music Siegfried and Brunnhilde share there is among the most ecstatic not just in the Ring, but the whole world.
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