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Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen Complete (inc Librettos) Box set

4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Orchestra: Badische Staatskapelle
  • Conductor: Gunter Neuhold
  • Composer: Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (16 Oct. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 14
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B00004YU9V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,630 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is likely to be the only review of this for a while, so I'll try to paint a full picture, 'warts and all'.
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.
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By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2002
This is the cheapest recording of the Ring Cycle, but this does not mean it is the worst. It is highly powerful and the singing is fantastic. The balance is perfect and this recording is ideally suited to anyone who wants to get to know the Ring cycle without breaking the bank blanace. The other review is exactly right, this is a phenomenal recording.
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There are many Ring Cycle recordings available. I have the famous Solti one on lp records but I wanted a more easily accessable set and settled for this one. I will not attempt to assess it against the Solti set, but state that I paid a lot less for it and I am completely satisfied with the sound and the singing on this set. The Solti one is historically a great one to have from an experts point of view, but this one is accessible and much less expensive , and is also thrilling.
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You can pay eye-watering sums for versions of The Ring Cycle. This may not up with the finest recordings but for a £1 a disc new and half that for a decent used box set it is outstanding value. Decent singers and an excellent orchestra in a well-balanced recording - what's not to like.
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