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Wagner: Siegfried [Box set]

Richard Wagner , Sir Georg Solti , Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra , Wolfgang Windgassen , Hans Hotter , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Wolfgang Windgassen, Hans Hotter, Birgit Nilsson, Gerhard Stolze
  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (6 Oct 1997)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000042H7
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - VorspielSir Georg Solti 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - Zwangvolle Plage! Müh ohne Zweck!Sir Georg Solti 4:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - "Hoiho! Hoiho! Hau ein! Hau ein!"Sir Georg Solti 1:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - "Du hast die Stücken, schändlicher Stumpfer!"Sir Georg Solti 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - "Als zullendes Kind zog ich dich auf"Sir Georg Solti 1:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - "Vieles lehrtest du, Mime"Sir Georg Solti 8:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - "Einst lag wimmernd ein Weib"Sir Georg Solti 5:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - Und diese Stücken sollst du mir schmiedenSir Georg Solti 1:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - "Da stürmt er hin!"Sir Georg Solti 1:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - "Heil dir, weiser Schmied!"Sir Georg Solti 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - "Hier sitz' ich am Herd"Sir Georg Solti10:23£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - "Was zu wissen dir frommt"Sir Georg Solti 7:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - "Die Stücken! Das Schwert! O weh! Mir schwindelt!"Sir Georg Solti 2:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - "Verfluchtes Licht"Sir Georg Solti 1:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - "Heda! Du Fauler!"Sir Georg Solti0:30£0.39  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - "Bist du es, Kind?"Sir Georg Solti 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - "Fühltest du nie im finstren Wald"Sir Georg Solti 5:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - "Her mit den Stücken"Sir Georg Solti 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - "Notung! Notung! Neidliches Schwert!"Sir Georg Solti 8:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wagner: Siegfried / Erster Aufzug - "Hoho! Hoho! Hohei! Schmiede, mein Hammer, ein hartes Schwert! Hoho! Hahei! Hoho! Hahei! Einst färbte Blut dein falbes Blau"Sir Georg Solti 5:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wagner: Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug - VorspielSir Georg Solti 5:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wagner: Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug - "In Wald und Nacht"Sir Georg Solti 2:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wagner: Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug - Zur Neidhöhle fuhr ich bei NachtSir Georg Solti 5:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wagner: Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug - "Mit mir nicht, hadre mit Mime"Sir Georg Solti 2:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wagner: Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug - "Fafner! Fafner ! Erwache, Wurm!"Sir Georg Solti 2:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Wagner: Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug - "Nun, Alberich! das schlug fehl"Sir Georg Solti 3:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Wagner: Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug - "Wir sind zur Stelle!"Sir Georg Solti 6:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Wagner: Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug - "Daß der mein Vater nicht ist"Sir Georg Solti 1:44£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Wagner: Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug - "Aber wie sah meine Mutter wohl aus?" (Waldweben)Sir Georg Solti 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wagner: Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug - "Meine Mutter, ein Menschenweib!"Sir Georg Solti 5:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wagner: Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug - "Haha! Da hätte mein Lied!"Sir Georg Solti 5:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wagner: Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug - Wer bist du, kühner KnabeSir Georg Solti 4:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wagner: Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug - "Zur Kunde taugt kein Toter"Sir Georg Solti 2:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wagner: Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug - "Wohin schleichst du"Sir Georg Solti 2:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wagner: Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug - Was ihr mit nützt, weiß ich nichtSir Georg Solti 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wagner: Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug - "Willkommen, Siegfried"Sir Georg Solti 8:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wagner: Siegfried / Zweiter Aufzug - "Da lieg auch du, dunkler Wurm!"Sir Georg Solti 8:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wagner: Siegfried / Dritter Aufzug - VorspielSir Georg Solti 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Wagner: Siegfried / Dritter Aufzug - "Wache, Wala!"Sir Georg Solti 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Wagner: Siegfried / Dritter Aufzug - "Stark ruft das Lied"Marga Höffgen10:36£1.49  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Wagner: Siegfried / Dritter Aufzug - "Dir Unweisen ruf' ich ins Ohr"Sir Georg Solti 4:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wagner: Siegfried / Dritter Aufzug - "Mein Vöglein schwebte mir fort!"Sir Georg Solti0:23£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wagner: Siegfried / Dritter Aufzug - Wohin, Knabe, heisst dich dein Weg?Sir Georg Solti 5:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wagner: Siegfried / Dritter Aufzug - "Kenntest du mich"Sir Georg Solti 5:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wagner: Siegfried / Dritter Aufzug - "Mit zerfochtner Waffe wich mir der Feige?"Sir Georg Solti 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wagner: Siegfried / Dritter Aufzug - "Seliger Öde auf wonniger Höh' "Sir Georg Solti 7:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wagner: Siegfried / Dritter Aufzug - "Das ist kein Mann!"Sir Georg Solti 7:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wagner: Siegfried / Dritter Aufzug - "Heil dir, Sonne!" (Brünnhildes Erwachen)Birgit Nilsson 6:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wagner: Siegfried / Dritter Aufzug - "O Siegfried!"Birgit Nilsson 6:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wagner: Siegfried / Dritter Aufzug - "Dort seh' ich Grane"Birgit Nilsson 8:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Wagner: Siegfried / Dritter Aufzug - "Ewig war ich"Birgit Nilsson11:16£0.79  Buy MP3 


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wagner classic but not flawless 5 Jun 2012
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Sometimes I like to revisit old favourites to check if my perception or appreciation of them has changed. I do not have the latest remastering of this "Siegfried" only the old 1984 CD version but the sound was always spectacular and subsequent issues have only improved it. I have always found "Siegfried" to be the most problematic in the tetralogy with regard to finding the best recording and have never found a better sung account than Melchior either with Florence Easton in the 1927-32 "Potted Ring" or with Flagstad at the Met in 1937, but both are in primitive sound. Similarly, Furtwängler's RAI recording is admirable but in scratchy mono, despite a superb remastering by Pristine, which leaves us with either of Windgassen's recordings with Böhm or Solti here. Unfortunately, try as I might, I cannot hear the young hero in Windgassen's rather thin and quavery Siegfried; he was a decent singer with considerable stamina but the basic quality of tone was never very impressive and he too often resorts to barking. The nearest I know to the ideal in modern sound is Goodall's Alberto Remedios - but of course that's in English.

I also much enjoy Norman Bailey's Wotan on that ENO recording; he was in firmer, fresher voice than Hans Hotter here. Despite some blaring and an intermittently troublesome wobble, Hotter is still impressive in 1962; he portrays a mightily dignified, authoritative and expressive Wotan. By the time of "Die Walküre" four years he was in decidedly poorer voice.

So two of the lead singers are fine if hardly ideal. About the quality of Birgit Nilsson's performance, however, there can be little debate; she is phenomenal, nearly dwarfing Windgassen in their final duet.
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Siegfried is theleast favourite of the "Ring" operas, but has some richly rewarding music nonetheless - for example the powerful "Forging Song" that closes Act 1, or the famous "Forest Murmurs" scene in the middle of the second act. The cast includes Hans Hotter i his prime - the greatest Wotan of the last century. Equally impressive are Stolze and Neidlinger as the dwarf brothers Mime & Alberich - very acutely characterisd. A uniformly strong cast is headed by Windgassen(for many years the only Sigfried available) and Nilsson and also includes a cameo part for none other than Joan Sutherland as the Woodbird. Superb playing from the Vienna Phil and sir Georg. Hihly recommended!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 2nd Best of the Solti Ring 19 April 2003
By Jim Player - Published on Amazon.com
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As any other Ring cycle, Solti's has high and low points, starting at it's apex with "Rheingold" and descending ever so slightly with "Siegfried" and "Götterdämmerung", but sliding distinctly downwards with the heavy handed "Walküre".
The #2 on the scale, "Siegfried" is (I believe) one of the most consistant Wagner recordings ever made. There is a superlative cast, an exciting conductor, and a production team that was in the midst of a huge momentum of pushing the envelope in audio recordings.
The recording problems are now legendary, with Ernst Kozub being the original Siegfried (Windgassen was thought to be too far past his prime to be ideal), but with Kozub not being prepared, Windgassen literally stepped in at the last minute to give a commanding performance.
Windgassen was certainly no Melchior, but he was intelligent and hardworking, got along well with everyone, and the only tenor of his generation to sing all the major Wagner roles year after year. The voice is not heroic, or youthful, but Windgassen brought sensitivity and experience to the studio and created a believable three dimensional character which remains one of the best to date.
The great Hans Hotter gives a commanding performance as the Wanderer. This recording has oft been critisized for Hotter developing a wobble above the staff, but when you consider the variableness of his performances due to respiratory ailments, he is in wonderful voice (he also recorded the famous Bayreuth Parsifal and a highly acclaimed Winterreise that year). For my poor ears, Hotter stands head and shoulders above all others, his sonorous voice conveying an ethereal presence, ancient and world weary, full of vast knowledge and experience.
Gerhard Stolze has the ideal voice for the part....acidic, venomous and tremendously expressive. Unfortunately his excessive histrionics, especially in Act 2 are mar what could have been an ideal performance.
Nilsson is at her peak here. She was ill during the final scene, but sang with steely determination (a bit too steely) but with the famous lightning high notes and lovely pianissimos. She never had the velvety warmth of Flagstad, but her hugely commandinding presence is one that hasn't been seen since her retirement.
All the smaller roles Marga Höffgen as Erda, Neidlinger as Alberich and Dame Joan Sutherland complete a glorious cast of a long lost Golden Age of Wagner.
On the podium is the controversial Solti in what is one of his finest moments on record. He drives the Vienna Philharmonic to a frenzy with hair-raising results, especially for the sword forging, and Act 3 when Siegfried climbs Brünnhilde's Rock, and yet coaxes them to the most exquiset serene beauty (Forest Murmurs and just before Siegfried wakens Brünnhilde).
Siegfried is my favorite Wagner opera, and this glorious recording is the reason. Near perfection!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten character in "Siegfried". 17 July 2005
By R.P. - Published on Amazon.com
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All of the reviews above had useful things to say about the Solti/Vienna Philharmonic recording of "Siegfried"; but they forgot to mention one of the most important characters of all: Siegfried's horn, as played by VPO's first chair French horn, Roland Berger. Berger plays the notes of Siegfried's horn calls with such force, power and heroism, that one can truly believe they are actually winded by the demi-god Siegfried. That Berger played the session tired, sick and out-of-sorts makes one wonder how truly beautiful and grand the horn calls might have been if he had been in the top of his form; as they are recorded, they are simply beyond compare.

Several reviewers have complained of Hans Hotter's voice in this recording. I have no such complaints. Simply listen to passages like "Er steht oder fall..." and you will hear the voice of a god. It is transporting. Enough said. "Siegfried" and "Rheingold" are my two favorite Wagner operas. You must experience them.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly, the Siegfried of the century 12 Dec 2005
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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Solti's Siegfried came out when I was in college and was, for all intents nad purposes, the first major recording of the work. Its pluses and minuses were known from the start. Nilsson was incomparable in her gleaming, tireless singing. Windgassen compensated for his leathery aging voice with dramatic conviction. Solti's insistence on avalanches of sound made for thrills, aided by blockbuster sonics from Decca and the divine Vienna Phil. Hotter's Wotan was tired-sounding but noble. All in all, a young Wagnerite couldn't help but be fairly overwhelmed.

It never occurred to me, though, that this would be the Siegfried of the century, because for all its merits, the hero wasn't youthful or blessed with a beautiful heroic voice, the Wotan was past his prime, and Solti had barely plumbed the emotional depths of Wagner's score. There was room for improvement, and yet it never came. Bohm essentially had the same cast but a much inferior orchestra, choppy sound, and the drawback of a live performance (no retakes when the singers ran out of steam). No future cast even came close, and although Karajan had a strong Wanderer in Thomas Stewart and very good singers for Brunnhilde and Mime, the Siegfried of Jess Thomas was embarassingly underpowered.

And so, as a non-fan of Solti, I must express gratitude for his Ring, especially the Gotterdammerung and this Siegfried. Without them, who knows how long we would have had to wait to hear performances that even approach these in quality.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Windgassen & Nilsson Shine! 28 Oct 2001
By gellio - Published on Amazon.com
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I am in the minority, in that 'Siegfried' is my favorite of the four 'Ring' operas. For those who like 'Siegfried' the least, listen to this recording and it may change your mind.
Solti's entire 'Ring' is magnificant and 'Siegfried' is just miraculous. The casting from top to bottom is stellar. Windgassen and Nilsson, of course, give knock out performances, but Stolze is an excellent Mime and Hotter gives a wonderful reading of Der Wanderer. An added bonus - Joan Sutherland, in glorious voice, as the Woodbird. Of course, the Vienna Philharmonic is also an equal star of this set, and Solti does a wonderful job. There are many Solti bashers out there, but his 'Ring' is the only one to show up on every single critics "Best Ring" recordings list.
What I love so much about 'Siegfried' is that all the themes of 'The Ring' are present, each act ends with a triumphant event - happy endings and Wagner are a rarity. You also have excellent music and the most glorious love duet in all of opera, IMHO. They all shine on this set.
There's only two I have that come close - Bohm and Goodall. The issue I have with Bohm is his Mime who screams more than sings. Bohm also has Windgassen and Nilsson at the helm. Goodall, on the other hand, has a truly incredible Siegfried, an excellent cast, and an exceptional orchestra. Some will shy away from this set because it is in English, and that is a shame. Why I rank Solti over Goodall, is Goodall moves through the piece at a much slower pace, which reveals hidden treasures in the score, but somewhat soothes over the energy, IMHO.
Karajan's reading is not in my top 10, simply for the fact that Mime outsings Siegfried and that is bad.
This really is the most magnificant recording of 'Siegfried,' you won't be disappoint.
However - I cannot recommend buy any of Solti's 'Ring' operas individually, as his Gotterdammerung is simply unchallanged. For the price of buying both separately you can almost get the whole cycle, and it's worth it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wagner classic but not flawless 5 Jun 2012
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes I like to revisit old favourites to check if my perception or appreciation of them has changed. I do not have the latest remastering of this "Siegfried" only the old 1984 CD version but the sound was always spectacular and subsequent issues have only improved it. I have always found "Siegfried" to be the most problematic in the tetralogy with regard to finding the best recording and have never found a better sung account than Melchior either with Florence Easton in the 1927-32 "Potted Ring" or with Flagstad at the Met in 1937, but both are in primitive sound. Similarly, Furtwängler's RAI recording is admirable but in scratchy mono, despite a superb remastering by Pristine, which leaves us with either of Windgassen's recordings with Böhm or Solti here. Unfortunately, try as I might, I cannot hear the young hero in Windgassen's rather thin and quavery Siegfried; he was a decent singer with considerable stamina but the basic quality of tone was never very impressive and he too often resorts to barking. The nearest I know to the ideal in modern sound is Goodall's Alberto Remedios - but of course that's in English.

I also much enjoy Norman Bailey's Wotan on that ENO recording; he was in firmer, fresher voice than Hans Hotter here. Despite some blaring and an intermittently troublesome wobble, Hotter is still impressive in 1962; he portrays a mightily dignified, authoritative and expressive Wotan. By the time of "Die Walküre" four years he was in decidedly poorer voice.

So two of the lead singers are fine if hardly ideal. About the quality of Birgit Nilsson's performance, however, there can be little debate; she is phenomenal, nearly dwarfing Windgassen in their final duet. Power, warmth and tenderness combine to make her assumption of Brünnhilde one of the greats. The brilliance of the VPO's playing under a wholly inspired Solti hardly needs much comment either - neither does the contribution of the supporting cast, from Stolze's wheedling Mime, to Neidlinger's black Alberich, to Kurt Böhme's cavernous Fafner, to Sutherland's sparkling woodbird.

Windgassen is much the same for Böhm only four years older - he was admirably consistent; Adam is acceptable as Wotan but less massive and no steadier than Hotter; Nilsson is if anything even more impressive but this is a live Bayreuth recording and generally less impressively cast, with Windgassen understandably audibly tiring towards the end. Böhm's conducting is taut and propulsive but I think Solti finds more tension and excitement, so this Decca classic remains the best option.
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