Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen Complete (inc Librettos) Box set
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This recording of Der Ring des Nibelungen is one of the biggest surprises I've had in collecting recordings of the Ring (eleven to date). There is a great deal to recommend it, not least of which is the incredible price. Just to confirm - this is the complete Ring, not highlights.
Here's why I like it:
Orchestral playing: the Badische Staatskapelle is lighter in weight than the average Wagner orchestra, and the sheer reduction in noise (though never by too much: they turn out some fantastically powerful climaxes) means that orchestral parts which are almost always drowned out in other recordings are here visible as clear and interesting entities. A lot of pleasure can be derived from this alone.
Conducting: Neuhold gives a clear dramatic interpretation of the music. He has managed to extract singing and playing that is almost universally in tune /in time, and his clear dramatic vision is very effectively brought off. The set has a very good 'live' atmosphere, but the quality and accuracy of the playing is fantastic. Comparing the accuracy of this orchestral playing /singing with other live recordings (some with much more famous and 'lasting' singers), this recording is matched only by the Bayreuth recording by Krauss made in '53. The quality of the main singers, is, of course, not quite the same.
Singing: Brunnhilde: Carla Pohl would never be a star Brunnhilde, but her performance is committed and vocally strong. She lacks a certain heroic core, but she delivers all the notes and gives a very convincing, if not eternally memorable, performance which is hard to fault on specifics.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes the librettos are all included. But disappointed there was no translation. Sadly I don't speak much German.Published 4 months ago by David A
Wagner well played and sung. This used album was accurately described and is in very good condition. A real bargain. Thank you!Published on 23 May 2014 by Honest Ed