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Merit - Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Knappertsbusch

Audio Samples

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

Writes critic William H. Youngren in his liner notes: When I reflect on what was unique about Knappertsbusch's work, Wagner's tempo direction `Lebhaft, doch gewichtig' [lively, yet weighty] comes to mind. At his best, Knappertsbusch was able to create impressive masses of sound that moved, even at slow tempos, with an inner rhythmic life that propelled the drama forward yet also, even at fast tempos, seemed never to rush along unduly, seemed always to leave the listener time to experience everything as it went by. This performance was previously available in a cheap set pressed in Croatia. The present edition was carefully remastered from an original set of broadcast tapes in superb sound.

"The cast would be hard to better at any time, let alone now... rare sense of Wagner's scoring, as well as his mastery of the formal architecture, are splendidly apparent." David Cairns, The Sunday Times (London)

"[Knappertsbusch] was certainly among the greatest Wagnerian conductors of the last hundred years. Listen to his Immolation Scene with Astrid Varnay...and you hear Brunnhildeís apotheosis unfold with an unsurpassed sense of inevitability." Robert Cowan, BBC Music Magazine

"The Knappertsbusch [set] is a very special event, at its best and its often at its best unrivalled by any of these other readings." Alan Blyth, Gramophone

"Except for the final scene of SIEGFRIED, more exciting in 1958, this is the most urgent of Hans Knappertsbusch's four impressive Bayreuth Rings..." C.J. Luten, Opera News



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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
  • Performers: Paula Lenchner (Soprano); Alfons Herwig (Baritone); Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone); Georgine Milinkovic (Mezzo Soprano); Josef Traxel (Tenor); Gré Brouwenstijn (Soprano); Lore Wissmann (Voice); Ludwig Suthaus (Tenor); Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone); Arnold Mill (Bass Baritone); Maria Ilosvay (Alto); Paul Kuen (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Hans Knappertsbusch
  • Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 108 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853-1854

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
  • Performers: Jean Madeira (Mezzo Soprano); Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone); Josef Greindl (Bass); Wolfgang Windgassen; Georgine Milinkovic (Mezzo Soprano); Elisabeth Schartel (Voice); Gerda Lammers (Soprano); Paula Lenchner (Soprano); Maria Ilosvay (Alto); Luise Kamps (Voice); Hilde Scheppan (Soprano); Astrid Varnay (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Hans Knappertsbusch
  • Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 141 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
  • Performers: Paul Kuen (Tenor); Astrid Varnay (Soprano); Arnold Mill (Voice); Gustav Neidlinger (Baritone); Wolfgang Windgassen; Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone); Ilse Hollweg (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Hans Knappertsbusch
  • Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 184 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1871

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
  • Performers: Wolfgang Windgassen; Gustav Neidlinger (Baritone); Astrid Varnay (Soprano); Lore Wissmann (Voice); Hermann Uhde (Baritone); Maria Ilosvay (Alto); Paula Lenchner (Soprano); Gré Brouwenstijn (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Hans Knappertsbusch
  • Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 180 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874