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Great drama, even greater value,
This review is from: Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (Decca Collectors Edition) (Audio CD)
There are arguably better played and recorded complete Ring sets but no stereo recording has the real sense of urgent drama that Bohm conveys or the consistent strength of his cast. The slight drawbacks of the live recording (extraneous noises, occasional rough/ill-tuned orchestral playing) I found recede within minutes once you get drawn into the action. Alan Blyth in Gramophone 1994 felt that Bohm's set was still the most consistently rewarding in the face of the competition from Solti, Janowski or Barenboim.
The 14 discs are in plain paper envelopes in a solid card box. There is no libretto (that would be a miracle at this price) instead Decca provide a reasonably detailed seven-and-a-half page synopsis with cue points. The much vaunted 'new essay by George Hall' is a pitiful two-page blurb about Bohm and the main singers and their relationship with the music of Wagner and Bayreuth. But at this price I'm not complaining!
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Initial post: 27 Jul 2011 17:50:35 BDT
Raymond Tucker says:
Is this mastering on this Decca reissue any different, for better or worse, than on earlier the Phillips release?
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2011 23:48:40 BDT
From what I've read, and admittedly I've not heard the Decca version, the sound is the same as the Philips version! It seems like a wasted opportunity. The Bohm cycle is unquestionably my favourite and I've been waiting for ages for a remastered version, but apparently this isn't it.
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