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An introduction to Der Ring des Nibelungen / Cooke, Solti

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>Cooke, Deryck : An Introduction to Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen"
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Famed British Musicologist, Deryck Cooke, offers insightful comentary highlighted with musical examples performed by the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Sir Georg Solti. This unique recording has been sought be collectors for many years.

Here Wagner scholar Deryck Cooke offers an extensive audio appreciation of the composer's magnum opus Der Ring Des Nibelungen for the novice as well as experienced listener. His model is none other than arguably the greatest stereo recording of the work- that of Sir Georg Solti and the Vienna Philharmonic for Decca. The 193 musical examples Cooke sites here were either extracted originally from those sessions or specially recorded for this production. For all Wagner acolytes Cooke's introduction is indispensable.

Penguin Guide
The reissue of Deryck Cooke's fascinating and scholarly lecture is most welcome....The discourse is riveting; the music examples, many of them specially prepared, are clumsily inserted, but this is still a thoroughly worthwhile acquisition for those who already have recordings of the operas.


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>Cooke, Deryck : An Introduction to Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen"
  • Performers: Oda Balsborg (Soprano); Kurt Böhme (Voice); Régine Crespin (Soprano); Helga Dernesch (Soprano); Brigitte Fassbaender (Voice); Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Voice); Kirsten Flagstad (Voice); Gottlob Frick (Bass); Maureen Guy (Alto); Claudia Hellmann (Mezzo Soprano); Marga Höffgen (Voice); Grace Hoffmann (Voice); Hans Hotter (Voice); Gwyneth Jones (Soprano); James King (Voice); Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor); Walter Kreppel (Bass); Paul Kuen (Tenor); Berit Lindholm (Soprano); Vera Little (Alto); George London (Baritone); Christa Ludwig (Voice); Jean Madeira (Mezzo Soprano); Ira Malaniuk (Mezzo Soprano); Gustav Neidlinger (Baritone); Birgit Nilsson (Voice); Hetty Plumacher (Voice); Lucia Popp (Voice); Vera Schlosser (Soprano); Gerhard Stolze (Tenor); Joan Sutherland (Voice); Set Svanholm (Voice); Marilyn Tyler (Soprano); Anita Valkki (Voice); Eberhard Wächter (Baritone); Claire Watson (Soprano); Helen Watts (Voice); Wolfgang Windgassen (Voice)
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Written: 1950s