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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: Lore Wissmann (Voice); Paul Kuen (Tenor); Maria Ilosvay (Alto); Arnold Mill (Bass Baritone); Josef Traxel (Tenor); Ludwig Suthaus (Tenor); Paula Lenchner (Soprano); Gré Brouwenstijn (Soprano); Georgine Milinkovic (Mezzo Soprano); Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone); Alfons Herwig (Baritone); Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone)
  • 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: Gerda Lammers (Soprano); Luise Kamps (Voice); Astrid Varnay (Soprano); Maria Ilosvay (Alto); Jean Madeira (Mezzo Soprano); Paula Lenchner (Soprano); Elisabeth Schartel (Voice); Hilde Scheppan (Soprano); Georgine Milinkovic (Mezzo Soprano); Wolfgang Windgassen; Josef Greindl (Bass); Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone)
  • 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: Astrid Varnay (Soprano); Paul Kuen (Tenor); Arnold Mill (Voice); Ilse Hollweg (Soprano); Gustav Neidlinger (Baritone); Wolfgang Windgassen; Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone)
  • 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: Hermann Uhde (Baritone); Lore Wissmann (Voice); Astrid Varnay (Soprano); Maria Ilosvay (Alto); Paula Lenchner (Soprano); Gré Brouwenstijn (Soprano); Gustav Neidlinger (Baritone); Wolfgang Windgassen
  • Conductor: Hans Knappertsbusch
  • Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 180 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874