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