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