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  • Performer: Theo Adam, Gerd Nienstedt, Hermin Esser, Wolfgang Windgassen
  • Orchestra: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (11 Mar. 1996)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000041EJ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Sitting through an entire performance of Wagner's Ring can be an ordeal, and there are many out there who prefer just to listen to highlights. Those who like so called *bleedin chunks* of Wagner wont be disappointed with what this disc has to offer. Good sound and great singing which is what this disc has to offer. However, it cannot match Solti, Karajan etc. For one thing, Bohm has a tendency to take high tempis. And that can compromise the deep emotions the music has to offer the listener. Overall though, to be fair, it does offer good highlights from all four operas which make up the tetralogy. So, if you are one of those who just prefer *bleedin chunks*, then you really cannot go far wrong with this. For those who are not familiar with Wagner's Ring, this might just persuade you to take on a monumental undertaking, and that is to purchase all four completed operas. A good buy though, and an even better price!
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I'm not really a 'best of' kind of person but while I do own the Solti complete Ring cycle, there are times when there is only time and emotional energy for extracts. This is a generous 2.5 hours spread over 2 discs and so moves beyond merely the popular highlights to give a kind of digest of the Ring.

Bohm is known as a fast and fiery conductor and so this is a thrilling performance, especially in the big dramatic moments. I love Birgit Nilsson in Wagner and her Brunhilde is fierce and passionate, not least in the immolation scene which is given here in its spine-tingling entirety.

There is, perhaps, a lack of tenderness in this interpretation but it's so forceful, so intense that I can forgive that.
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Yes, I have seen live performances of the Ring, but no I don't necessarily want to hear all of it, as fabulous as Wagner's music is. This collection of excerpts was the 'easy listening' version for me so I am very pleased with its variety and quality.
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nice selection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Wagnerian opera then I recommend this 2-disc CD 19 Feb. 2015
By Paul H. May - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like Wagnerian opera then I recommend this 2-disc CD. This CD is for people who don't want to sit through the complete operas. This is the highlights of the Ring of the Nibelungen. This is comprised of select arias and instrumental music from "Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried and Gotterdammerung. Some of the arias were sung by notable sopranos like Birgit Nilsson, Leonie Rysanek and Helga Deresch. The disc also has some noted tenors like James King, Gerd Nienstedt, Herman Esser and Karl Bohm conducts the Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele. If you appreciate Wagner then I think you will enjoy this almost 2-1/2 hours of GUT MUSIK!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Can't Get Passed the Coughing 13 Jun. 2013
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on Amazon.com
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Not being a huge fan of opera, I bought this CD for a version of the amazing, but rarely recorded (compared to other Wagner orchestral music) Das Rheingold Prelude. I first heard this music in the movie "The New World" and was captivated by its mesmerizing, interweaving strings, brass and winds. It was unlike anything I had ever heard from the composer, and light years ahead of its time with its 20th Century sound. I'm sure seeing Karl Bohm perform the Ring Cycle at Bayreuth was an equally thrilling experience, but I cannot get passed all the coughing and distracting noises littered throughout this two-fer of highlights. I bought the Solti highlights disc instead, and that studio account is just so much better at allowing me to completely immerse myself in that very special Prelude, and the other brilliant selections as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic-great way to get into the Ring Cycle 19 Oct. 2010
By Martin R. Lash - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great way to become familiar with the Ring Cycle. I have the Solti set but have heard great things about this one. The selections are amazing for their intensity. Listen to the forging scene and you will see what I mean. Its really well done and caused me to go out and buy the entire set. Highly recommended and a great bargain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent deal Wagner 2CD Set! 18 July 2013
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This in an excellent deal on Wagner Music. You cannot beat the price! Every item is a masterpiece! I highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 May 2015
By hi-shine_lvr - Published on Amazon.com
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Item arrived timely, and was as advertised.
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