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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great recordings. Superb bargain!, 17 Mar 2013
At AMAZON's current asking price (less that 1 Pound per CD!) this set is an unbeatable bargain. Most of the recordings are well known and highly respected. Indeed, 3 (DUTCHMAN, LOHENGRIN and MEISTERSINGER) have rightfully made their way into EMI's GROC Series. I would rate Haitink's TANNHAEUSER the best recording of the Dresden version.
Hollreiser's RIENZI will give those curious about early Wagner more than a sufficient taste of what this grand score is all about. While the Downes BBC production is marginally better, it's going to be hard to find. There may be more generally preferable recordings of both TRISTAN and PARSIFAL, but the recordings in this bargain box have some real virtues of their own.
The Sawallisch RING also has its many admirers and detractors. Point is, value for money, it is definitely worthwhile. Don't let a lack of librettos deter you, they are widely available elsewhere and can be printed at home, or downloaded onto an iPad, etc. If you are reading this from the USA (where I am located) don't hesitate buying from AMAZON.UK. This item arrived in 10 days, beautifully packaged.