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Ride of Valkyries Hlts
Wagner, Szell
Ride of Valkyries Hlts
Genre: Classical
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All Artists: Wagner, Szell
Title: Ride of Valkyries Hlts
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Sony
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074643671521

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At times vividly picturesque...
Joe Anthony (a.k.a. JAG 1) | Massachusetts, USA | 12/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The revolutionary and contraversial German composer Richard Wagner composed a 13+ hour opera cycle (The Ring) based on Nordic mythology. Even though I have been a fan of ochestral and chamber music for over 25 years, I have only actually listened to a handful of operas in their entirety. I once sat down to listen to "Rheingold", which is Wagner's first instilation of the Ring cycle, and became so dreadfully bored that I shut it off after the first hour.

Not with standing, the "excerpts" from "The Ring" are quite amazing: very lush; majestic; very brassy and bombastic; and at times vividly picturesque. Wagner, after all, was to become the inspiration behind the whole post-Romantic movement. Mahler, Bruckner, Richard Strauss, Elgar, Neilsen, Franck, even Alban Berg and Ottorino Respeghi; have been influenced by Wagner's orchestrations.

Someday, I may give the complete operas another chance, but for now, these flawless reditions by the outstanding George Szell and the Clevelnad Orchestra are just the right dosage of Wagner for my diet.

Comparisons: Bernstein; Solti; Karajan; Stan Kenton (jazz versions)

Powerful orchestral interpretation of Wagner...
Bowie V. Ibarra | In the great republic of Texas | 05/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The "Great Performance" series contained many great artists interpreted for the ages by some of the worlds best conductors. This compilation of some of Wagner's greatest is outstanding. Though the choral voices are missing, the power is not.

Every orchestral interpretation is presented with the gravitas and majesty that is Wagner. The "Ride of the Valkyries" and "Sigfried's Funeral" are powerful.

For those that are looking for great interpretations of Wagner, this is the one to start with."
Quite a ride
C. G. King | Horse Country, VA USA | 12/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm not a huge Wagner fan, but wanted something of his in my collection. This seemed the perfect choice and indeed it was. Szell is wonderful as always giving the music his accurate and dynamic touch. All that is best about Wagner comes through here. Thoroughly enjoyable--even to marginal 'Ring' fans."