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