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Quote from: Mirror Image on December 03, 2020, 07:09:01 AMHere's a question for everyone: I'm in the midst of ripping much of classical collection to my computer (and backing it up as well) and I want to rip one set of the Ring, but which one? Here are the ones I own: Böhm, Karajan, Solti, Barenboim and Janowski (on Sony).
Quote from: Biffo on December 03, 2020, 07:16:06 AMI have all four of these and for me it would be between Solti and Karajan. I already have the Karajan as a lossless download (and on CD) but if that wasn't the case I would still go for Karajan.
Quote from: T. D. on December 10, 2020, 01:35:20 PMI owned a VHS of the Boulez-Chéreau Ring and watched it many times until my VHS player died, at which time I donated all of my old VHS to the local library.Never ventured down the rabbit hole of searching for the best recorded Ring. Owned Solti and Levine (Jimmy's become a non-person and rightly so - prefer not to go there - ; say what you want about his Ring cast but he was a helluva conductor), sampled some others, decided to stick with Solti and not venture further. I did add the Goodall Twilight of the Gods to have something very different. In the unlikely event I buy another Ring, it'll be one of the "classic" '50s vintage Bayreuth cycles (Krauss, Keilberth prominent candidates). Perhaps Goodall's Rhinegold at some point (D R and G are my favorites of the cycle).
Quote from: Mirror Image on December 13, 2020, 07:52:07 AMThanks for the feedback. I never cared about watching opera of any kind and I know this is important to the whole experience of opera, but I've always preferred listening without the visual aspect of it. I guess I'm weird like that. Also, I don't really need to know what is being sung, but I do like reading of a synopsis of an opera before I start listening. I just like the whole aural experience and hearing how the music progresses. Anyway, Levine is a great conductor regardless of what he did. I'll still listen to his recordings as there have been terrible things that a lot of musicians have done through the years, but this has never hindered my own enjoyment of their performances. Karajan is my Wagnerian of choice, but I would like to hear how Boulez fares in this music as I know he does have an attachment to the Austro-Germanic repertoire or at least that line of composers from Wagner, Mahler, the Second Viennese School, etc.
Quote from: T. D. on December 13, 2020, 08:06:48 AMAs I've aged, I listen to opera recordings less because I miss the visual aspect! It's difficult to comment on the Boulez-Chéreau Ring because my memories are so linked to the visuals and the VHS sonics were not ultra-hi fi. I found nothing to criticize concerning the music, but some purists might not love the vocal cast.
Quote from: Biffo on December 13, 2020, 08:13:42 AMYou will have to let us know how you get on with Boulez and the Ring cycle. I have it on DVD and have watched/listened to it several times. Boulez favours brisk tempi which is not necessarily a bad thing but occasionally some of the great moments don't make their full effect.Kempe is my favourite Wagnerian and it is a great pity that none of his complete cycles are in stereo. The best of them is from Bayreuth 1961 on Orfeo - the remastered mono sound is excellent. Personally, I prefer it to the much-hyped stereo of the Keilberth Bayreuth Ring.
Quote from: Sergeant Rock on December 13, 2020, 12:31:45 PMKarajan Das RheingoldKarajan Act I WalküreBarenboim Act II WalküreBöhm Act III WalküreSolti SiegfriedLevine Götterdämmerung (Oops, you don't have Levine so Karajan would be my second choice)Sarge
Quote from: Mirror Image on December 13, 2020, 12:48:53 PMCool. Thanks, Sarge. But I've only got Karajan's Ring ripped to my computer right now and I probably won't be ripping any more Ring cycles. It looks like you lean heavily towards Karajan anyway. What do you think about Solti's cycle? I've heard he's more of a Straussian. Would you agree with this?
Quote from: Sergeant Rock on December 13, 2020, 01:05:39 PMI do enjoy more of his Strauss operas. I own 13 Rings and Solti's is in the bottom half of the pile. But do I love his Siegfried (especially for Stolze's Mime and the confrontation with Fafner) and Tannhäuser.Sarge
Quote from: Fritz Kobus on April 18, 2021, 10:54:55 AMI must have a dozen Rings and like them all, but this is my favorite because I am stuck on Behrens for Brunnhilde.Behrens also appears on the fine Sawallisch Ring but the sound on this Levine set is better IMO.
Quote from: Mirror Image on April 18, 2021, 06:38:03 PMAn okay cycle, but doesn't hold a candle to HvK and the Berliners despite there being some weaker moments vocally throughout.
Quote from: Fritz Kobus on April 19, 2021, 08:38:23 AMAs I said, I am tied to Behrens for Brunnhilde. But I do appreciate other Rings and have all the following (by conductor):Simone YoungSawallisch 1989Sawallisch 1968 Roma Ring (a good one, but I am missing one of the operas)KraussFurtwanglerLevine 1988BarenboimBohmSoltiZagrosek (don't ask why, becuse it was there, it was cheap, and it is fun to hit the BUY button)JanowskiNeuhold (came in a big set)Swarowsky 1968 (just because)Goodall (I like this one a lot)
Quote from: marvinbrown on July 31, 2021, 03:42:06 AM It seems that there is a new Ring Cycle in the works: The pictures aren't showing up, but I was able to figure out the recordings from the ASIN codes. anyone heard any of these? Will Rattle complete the cycle and if so why are these being released individually?
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