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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Hotter, Nilsson, Flagstad, Fischer-Dieskau, Windgassen, London, Popp, Ludwig et al. / Georg Solti [Super Deluxe Edition 17 CDs]

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
>Cooke, Deryck : An Introduction to Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen"
>Wagner, Richard : Rienzi
>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman
>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried Idyll
>Wagner, Richard : Kinder-Katechismus ("Wisst ihr, Kinder
>Unspecified : Work(s)
>Wagner, Richard : Der Ring des Nibelungen
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The centerpiece of Decca's celebrations of Sir Georg Solti's centenary is a limited-edition (individually numbered), newly-remastered, luxury edition of "The greatest recording of all time!" by BBC Music Magazine.

Solti's recording of Wagner's epic music-drama Der Ring des Nibelungen was a recording project on a scale without precedent and the first-ever studio recording of Wagner's masterpiece. Recorded between September 1958 and November 1965, it was masterminded by legendary producer Jojn Culshaw and his technical team under the direction of chief engineer Gordon Parry. This massive undertaking set new standards in both opera recording and the possibilities of the effect and imaginative use of stereo.

The combination of Solti and the Vienna Philharmonic with an international cast of the greatest Wagnerian singers available resulted in a recording which was greeted with unprecedented enthusiasm and rave reviews and which quickly won numerous international awards.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2012
Even Solti's detractors have to admit the awesome status of Gotterdammerung, in which performance and recording unite with seamless strength to evoke the power of cosmic, cathartic tragedy. It hasn't been surpassed; it may never be.

Penguin Guide, 2010
Solti himself developed in the process of making the recording, and Götterdämmerung represents a peak of achievement for him, commanding and magnificent.

New York Times, 23rd November 2012
The wonders of the "Solti 'Ring,' " as it has long been abbreviated, are well known...Committed to disc from the late 1950s into the '60s, it changed the scope of what was possible in the recording studio: the kind of project that would be impossible today, if only for financial reasons... a poignant reminder of how far the classical music record industry has fallen.

Chicago Tribune, 23rd October 2012
A steal when you consider the benchmark quality of the performances and the lavish attention Decca has expended on the entire package. Even if you already own the set in one or more of its earlier incarnations, this one is worth buying just for the extras.

Classics Today
It sounds like the original LPs...and by that I mean it is warmer and more enormous than any of the previous CD releases...The sound is glorious - live, warm, theatrical, present...If you haven't previously owned this set, now you must.



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Works Details

>Wagner, Richard : Das Rheingold
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Vienna State Chorus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853-1854

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1871

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Running Time: 7 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Cooke, Deryck : An Introduction to Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen"
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Written: 1950s

>Wagner, Richard : Rienzi :: Overture
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Running Time: 11 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1838-1840

>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman :: Overture
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1841.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1841

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Overture
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Running Time: 14 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Bacchanale
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Running Time: 13 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried Idyll
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Running Time: 18 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1870

>Wagner, Richard : Kinder-Katechismus ("Wisst ihr, Kinder :: was blüht am Maitag?"), for treble voices & piano (or orches
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Unspecified : Work(s) :: The Golden Ring (Video)
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wagner, Richard : Der Ring des Nibelungen
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853-74.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853-1874