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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
As implied by the title, this collection probes deeply into Wagner's vast Ring piece. Accusations of anti-semitism make Wagner's Ring a sensitive area today, but it continues to offer pleasure to many. This is a masterful work of musical scholarship that deserves a place on any sturdy shelf. No doubt it will influence appreciation of Wagner's Ring for many years to come. Among the highlights is the revealing chapter on the many characters than Wagner has managed to cram into his Ring- from fearsome giants Fafner and Fasolt to dwarves Alberich and Mime. Also covered are the brass instruments that Wagner designed specifically for insertion within the Ring. There will always be those who are opposed to musical analysis (just the same as there will always be those who resort to juvenile humour, regarding the title). They may suggest that Wagner's Ring is 'violated' with excessive force of scholarship. For this reviewer, however, Wagner's Ring remains quite intact and is indeed tightened by the exploration. In short, this stimulating venture in and out of Wagner's Ring has resulted in a seminal, fluid output.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2010
With great trepidation but with an insatiable curiosity I endeavoured to delve to the very depths of Wagner's cavernous and archaic ring. Donning my hardest literary helmet I thrusted myself aggressively through its hard exterior and endeavoured to wallow in its soft core. It was a stubborn, yet ultimately fulfilling transition, which reaped a teeth grinding crescendo, the like of which only Wagner could truly facilitate.
A deeply personal work and at times I felt that I had violated him but the relief I felt annihilating his ring left me deeply satisfied. On the surface it may seem unreceptive, arduous, even unyielding but with positive literate lubrication, Wagner's ring can be successfully and enjoyably penetrated.
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Although more than a plucky stab at Wagner's Ring, for my money DiGaetani's 'Probing Fanny By Gaslight' remains his finest work to date.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2014
One of the mysterious rings I have always been intrigued by is Wagners. Now Mr DiGaetani has penetrated it in glorious detail for all of us to enjoy and observe. Some dressed in animals masks, some looking on, some getting involved with only the woods to keep our exhilarating secret.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2013
Like others here I have often found myself wondering about the Ring and wondering if I could ever get into it. A friend recently told me about how he was taken by surprise in his younger days by a man of catholic tastes who one evening after choir practice introduced him to the pleasures of the Ring and he never looked back, but I remained a Ring virgin until this book literally opened the way for me.

As with so many rites of passage, preparation is key and I am now glad I took my time and didn't rush the act of penetrating the Ring. First-timers rarely report a smooth introduction. That path is best taken slowly and with a more experienced guide. Some say refreshments add to the enjoyment - the full cycle takes some getting through, after all, and in my case I found jelly did the trick. I now look forward to my next time - which my partner promises will be in front of a live audience. They tell me it gets easier with each repetition. Of course that depends on each individual performance, but I am certainly prepared to go in with an open mind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2014
Starts off hard to get into then when you finally start getting somewhere its all over leaving you felling the need for a shower.
5* for at least being game enough to do it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
It's rare a book lives up to the hype, but this volume is worth every penny. I could spend hours listing its many qualities but the cover alone justifies the purchase. Where else could you find Gandalf, Mark Pickford and Darth Vader all together, all at once? And if that doesn't tell you enough about the kind of art of which Wagner was capable, their expressions as they get their first glimpse of his Ring, fresh from it's cycle, tells you everything you need to know.

A perfect gift, especially for eldery relatives or the very young.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 19 April 2013
Despite my best efforts, i just could not get into it!

An real anti-climax in my opinion. I honestly thought it would be easier to approach.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2014
Before penetrating fully into Wagner's Ring, I would suggest gently fingering through so as to become properly acquainted. This will ease a fuller entrance into the tight structure of the Ring, creating a more pleasant experience for all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2014
Having mastered the intricacies of 50 Shades of Grey I felt Penetrating Wagners Ring was a further step towards gaining a greater understanding of the German approach. However, it seems not to be about the subject I was expecting, more akin to Lord of the RIng. What is wrong with these fellows?
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