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1.0 out of 5 stars too many misses as a set, 17 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Wagner Complete Operas (Audio CD)
On the plus side, it's good for a "complete" box to actually be complete, in this case by the inclusion of Wagner's two early operas. That said, there's more wrong than right with this box because each of the operas can be found in better recordings elsewhere. The main part of the box is Levine's Ring which is a travesty. Could this man even read music? He certainly doesn't understand it. The only reason that I can imagine that noncritical listeners profess to "like" him is because, like Solti, he drags along through acts with no comprehension but manages to end them fast and loud. Nice work if you can get it. I n addition, the Jochum MEISTERSINGER is a dud with leaden tempi and a Sachs who doesn't have a clue as well as having the wrong voice for the role. Don't get me wrong. Fischer-Dieskau is a superb artist in lieder and a beautiful voice but his voice is too light for Sachs and never breathes life into the character.

For a stereo Ring cycle, Karl Bohm's is the best hands down. For a stereo MEISTERSINGER, the Dresden one under von Karajan would be my pick. If stereo isn't a requirement (and it shouldn't be), then I recommend the 1953 or 1956 Bayreuth Rings.
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Initial post: 21 Mar 2013 05:15:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Mar 2013 05:17:33 GMT
J. Aitken says:
1star is really very churlish whatever your personal preferences. The Kleiber Tristan alone would be worth the price, and with the discs being just over a pound each! Well you can draw your own conclusions.Reviewing is about taking a balanced view not going completely off the rails either against or in favour surely.

Posted on 21 Mar 2013 19:11:53 GMT
km.ord says:
This has got to be one of the most ridiculous reviews in existence on the internet.

Posted on 26 Mar 2013 11:47:54 GMT
Norma says:
At the risk of causing another bilious attack on the part of J. Aitken and km.ord, I have to say that I agree with you wholeheartedly and would add only that anything with Domingo in it is impossible to take seriously. He simply has no idea what he's singing. In the case of Die Meistersinger, Ligendza reports that it was impossible to record more than a few bars at a time with him as he couldn't retain a phonetic memory of any more text. Although his German later improved marginally, the sound is still all wrong. Mr Aitken seems to be arguing that price is more important than artistic quality. Nuff said.

Posted on 19 Dec 2015 15:36:05 GMT
GoneToTexas says:
Just over a banana per CD and you're complaining? This is excellent value for money. A few years ago you'd pay this amount for just one of the operas here.
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