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5.0 out of 5 stars Triumphant release of a superb achievement
This magnificent set of CDs - previously available as four separate releases - is a record in the original and most valuable sense of the term: live performances from the London Coliseum, home of the English National Opera, made during that company's first great golden period and capturing for posterity one of their finest achievements: Wagner's huge Ring cycle of...
Published on 4 May 2002 by mail@bertcoules.co.uk

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2.0 out of 5 stars A curiosity, but very lacking
I hate to be so critical, but as another reviewer pointed out some warnings are needed. Yes the sound is fine and captures a live performance very well indeed. Also the intention and interpretation is commendable, but a great recording?

The main problem is the turgid pacing. This very, very slow recording almost uniquely put me off Wagner for life. The...
Published on 13 April 2010 by D. Beaver


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2.0 out of 5 stars Not convinced....., 29 Jun 2013
This review is from: Wagner: The Goodall Ring Cycle [ENGLISH LANGUAGE] (Audio CD)
The Goodall Ring appeared to command great reverence in the Gramophone magazine and on Radio 3 in the 1990s,and to do so on its own musical terms, notwithstanding the interest for an English speaker to hear the ring sung in their native language.

Therefore I have always been curious to hear the Goodall Ring but I had never had the chance to hear it until recently.

My Ring collection comprises the usual suspects, so I'm familiar with a fairly wide range of recordings and it has been my experience that all have much to give in their different ways- such is the depth and greatness of Wagner's masterwork, it seems inexhaustible, and I am hard pressed to find a Ring that does not grip me in some way.

However, I really struggled with the Goodall Ring- to my ears the orchestra were simply not up to it, sounding at times almost amateurish. Some of the singing was painfully week in my view. Overall I could perceive no dramatic vision holding everything together- the very, very slow tempi simply attenuated everything to a point beyond any cohesion, such that it all fell apart and became something of a purgatorial experience to be endured.

At the time of writing the Goodall Ring is comparatively expensive at over £100.

I strongly recommend that it is not bought blind, as it is a most unusual interpretation and performance, the merits of which I am at a loss to appreciate.
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12 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Conspicuous reverence versus bare facts, 10 Jan 2005
This review is from: Wagner: The Goodall Ring Cycle [ENGLISH LANGUAGE] (Audio CD)
We urgently need a balance here, judging the performance not the interpreters. There is a huge difference between good intentions and actual results. Unfortunately, unbiased listening will immediately reveal very lean beef indeed, washed-up Wagner without mystery, evil or power. Who wants "cosy" Wagner? In "Siegfried", for example, one finds a well-behaved Mime, no despair or greed, and a plaintive Fafner sounding like a (quite) dead Titurel, not menacing at all. The brass section is underpowered too -- to put it lightly -- sometimes verging on the comical (check the Fafner-Alberich confrontation in Act 2, for example). Of course, the gargantuan Ring -- especially a very slowly paced Ring such as this one -- is much more than "Siegfried." Among the singers, some very good performances and not all is lost to bare bones -- only your pulse won't change, the whole experience badly impoverished. Some listeners, obviously native English speakers, who won't be content or willing to listen to these operas in their only language (German as intended by Wagner), should not hesitate and might even be delighted to find Wagner at times sounding almost like... Purcell. A non-starter curiosity, for sure and for those with money to spare. Otherwise, please, try the Solti or the Krauss complete "Ring" sets first, if you're new to this repertoire.
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