In truth this is a disappointing performance which compares very poorly with earlier and existing recordings, including Janowski's own earlier recording which is far superior. This set has one major strength - the fabulous orchestral playing and detail. Janowski takes it too fast for my taste, but there is no denying the excitement, precision and brilliance of his orchestra. BUT the singers fail entirely to match this level. Biggest disappointment is Salminen who is so magnificent in Janowski's older recording, but his voice now cannot match the beauty and power he had when so much younger. Lance Ryan probably has the power for the role - although one can't really judge power on a recording - but he certainly doesn't possess the beauty or musicianship of past Siegfrieds. I won't want to hear this Siegfried again. And Petra Lang does not belong to that exclusive club of singers who really can cope with Brunnhilde. So in all a very disappointing recording. For those who want to possess every recording of the Ring, worth having. But certainly never as a first, second, third, or even fourth choice. There are many much better Gotterdammerungs available.