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Vital and Most Inspiring Highlights from Wagner`s Ring,
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This review is from: Wagner - The Ring (Highlights) (Audio CD)
I have the entire recording of von Karajan`s Ring on CD but despite certain unnecessary snobbery regarding "bleeding chunks" from so-called "purists" there is a time and a place for highlights albums. There are times when I need a quick Wagner "fix" and this is the album to do it. This particular album is far superior to Deutsche Grammophon`s Classikon CD which lacks the all too crucial "Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater" from Die Walkuere and "Notung! Notung! Neidliches Schwert!" and "Schmiede mein Hammer" from Siegfried. These vital excerpts are included on this album. Even the double CD from Deutsche Grammophon`s Panorama lacks these aforementioned highlights.
This is the album that got me hooked onto Wagner 24 years ago and I keep coming back to it. The only important musical piece that it lacks is Donner`s "Schwules Gedunst schwebt in der Luft". This is present on Ring highlights albums by other conducters but not here for some unaccountable reason. It is hoped that Deutsche Grammophon rectify this unfortunate omission in any future revisions of this release.