I am so glad that is my first `Die Walkure'. It is very clear yet musically dramatic and exciting. The singing is rich and the performances dynamic and moving by turns. I was especially impressed with both Stig Andersen as Siegmund and Susan Bullock as Brunnhilde. The thrill of a live performance is here, without the problems that so often occur with live recordings, as rehearsal recordings are included (presumably where they sounded better). Listening to this work is a real life event and I feel like I have achieved a rite of passage and this has whetted my appetite to listen to more of the cycle. It is very affordable and the last (5th) CD offers a full libretto and translation plus images. This is a real bonus for both the beginner and the aficionado. I really do recommend this recording.