This boxed set is without a doubt an incredible bargain. It contains Wagner's entire Ring cycle, which was recorded live at the 1966 and 1967 Bayreuth Festivals with Karl Böhm conducting. What more can any amateur music lover wish for? The music comes to us straight from the horse's mouth, as it were and how many of us can after all afford the tickets and journey to Bayreuth (even if one lived long enough to buy tickets at any price... I am told there is a very long waiting list for these.) The singers on these CDs are, as one would expect from Bayreuth, spine-thrillingly world class. The set comes in a sturdy cardboard box containing 14 CDs. The accompanying booklet, understandably at the price, gives a synopsis only. For the listener's even greater enjoyment it is worth purchasing the libretti separately (around £13). This is of course not essential. Many people prefer just to emerse themselves in the music without bothering with the text but even if you do spend the extra £13, you will still have made a fantastic purchase with this set. I treasure mine. Happy listening.
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