Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Richard [Classical] Wagner, Clemens Krauss, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra|
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen [Box Set]
The best ring ever
Matthew Roberts | NY, USA | 05/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Forget Furtwangler's 1950 La Scala Ring, forget Furtwangler's EMI 1954 Ring, forget Knappertsbusch's 1956 ring...Yes, FORGET those rings. THIS is THE Ring. Period.The star of this Ring is Clemens Krauss. His conducting simply makes sense - not slow and stodgy. The conducting is brisk and everything flows. Best of all, he is aided by the PERFECT CAST. There is NO WEAK LINK.In 1953, Windgassen was starting his career and doing his first Siegfried. Here, his voice is fresh like you NEVER heard before. And yes, Hans Hotter is in peak form - his voice is powerful and not woofy like his later recordings. And his characterization is superb. And as Brunnhilde, we have Varnay in her peak who can DEFINITELY rival Birgit Nilsson!! Varnay's voice is warmer and her acting is more intense than Nilsson - Varnay sings her heart out. What more?Gustav Neidlinger is Alberich (yes, the incredible Gustave of Solti's set 5 years earlier, just as superb). The famed Tristan Ramon Vinay as Siegmund!! Regina Resnik, in her soprano days, as Sieglinde and teh second Norn!! Josef Greindl as Hunding, Fafner and Hagen!! Greindl was just as good as Gootlob Frick!! Paul Kuen as Mime!! ira Malaniuk as Fricka and Waltraute. Rita Streich as the woodbird!!! Hermann Uhde (himself Siegfried elsewhere) as Gunther.What should you do? RUSH OUT & buy this set at once. It has been unavailable for far too long. This is the latest state of the art 24 bit remastering. Whatever that means, I have not idea. All I know is that it does MIRACLES for the recorded sound. I heard the Gala version from 1990 and that version is just not as good as this.Don't say that you weren't informed."
Still better than the Opera d'Oro
A. Maus | New York, NY | 09/24/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I must take exception with the assertion in the review below that the new Opera d'Oro release features "vastly improved sound, voices particularly."
I own both versions, as well as the old Gala release, and have recently discovered that the new "superior" Opera d'Oro is nothing more than the same exact remastering used by Gala. It's as if Opera d'Oro just burned a new set straight off the Gala without even changing track arrangements. If you don't believe me, look into it yourself: even without comparing the audio (which I did thoroughly), you can look at the track listings here on Amazon for both the Gala and the Opera d'Oro and will find them completely identical. The Archipel's Rheingold is admittedly a botch-job, but the remasterings of the other operas are without any question FAR superior to the Gala remastering that Opera d'Oro is passing off as its own."
Best Remastering is on Opera D'Oro
G. Dowling | St. Louis, MO, USA | 04/12/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This 1953 Ring may well be the gold standard of recorded Ring cycles. But for vastly improved sound, voices particularly, go to the new edition (Feb '06) from Opera D'Oro. For some reason Borders does not list it -- but it's easy to find elsewhere. And the price is in the $45-55 range."