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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Barenboim

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
Conductor Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"From his singing actors director Harry Kupfer has secured performances of unremitting physical and emotional energy... It's an extraordinary tour de force, thrillingly sung off the text and the action."-Gramophone

"This monumental version under Barenboim, is perhaps the best on disc" -The Observer



Reviews

Good job
We are looking at almost 15 hours of music. Beethoven's 5th Symphony is 38 minutes long. That's comprehendible, and it is reasonable to believe that reviewers can compare one performance to another, but for 15 hours of music, probably not, because there is just too much room for variations, so ignore all claims that this or that Ring is the best performance.

Another reason to ignore claims of this or that Ring is the best performance is that no record company is going to go to the expense of recording the Ring unless they are confident at the out set that they will be recording a great performance.

I have 8-10 recordings of the Ring, and performance wise, there isn't a whisker of difference among them.

Performance has two parts, the quality of the singing and the conductor's interpretation. Both are irrelevant in picking a Ring to buy. What is relevant is the quality of the recording, and that pretty much depends on how recent the recording was made. Thus, Thielmann on DGG CD has spectacular sonics, almost matched by the slightly older Barenboim (Teldec CD or Kulture DVD), Cologne Opera, and Haitink (Phillips).


Submitted on 12/23/14 by wastch 
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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Running Time: 86 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853-1854

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Running Time: 159 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Running Time: 142 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1871

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Running Time: 149 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874