Started by canninator, September 24, 2007, 03:37:41 AM
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Quote from: canninator on September 24, 2007, 03:37:41 AMI'm not new to Wagner but I've never bought a Ring CD. I have mostly spent my time on Tristan and Lohengrin. I've decided to take the financial plunge and splash out on a Ring cycle. Unless I am struck like Saul on the road to Damascus I imagine that I will only ever buy one Ring cycle. The question is, which...The new Testament Bayreuth 1955 cycle. Seems to have the advantage of the frission of live performance but may be lacking in sound quality compared to others. Also has the advantage of a consistent cast.The famous Solti set seems to have been a labour of love but has a varying cast and of course drama can be lacking in a studio performance.I have heard good things about the Boehm recording but the absence of a libretto in the box set is a major turnoff.So if I have to buy just one, which should I go for. Have I missed what you view as the "definitive" Ring. I am veering toward the Keilberth set but would love to hear the view of the Wagnerites out their. Did a search but didn't see this subject leap out at me.
Quote from: canninator on September 24, 2007, 03:37:41 AMThe famous Solti set seems to have been a labour of love but has a varying cast and of course drama can be lacking in a studio performance.
Quote from: Hector on September 24, 2007, 06:16:38 AMTestament.However, at a tenner a disc it might be best to 'suck it and see' first.
Quote from: O Mensch on September 24, 2007, 06:23:47 AMA "varying cast"? WTF?
Quote from: canninator on September 24, 2007, 06:46:19 AMYes, the same role can be performed by different individuals in different operas. This is because of the extended time period over which this project was completed, hence "varying cast". This might be a problem for some individuals because a change in performer in a given role may affect the overall homogeneity of the cycle.
Quote from: Larry Rinkel on September 24, 2007, 06:58:22 AMSo George London is Wotan in Rheingold and Hans Hotter is Wotan in the next two. Not important.
Quote from: canninator on September 24, 2007, 07:37:54 AMI knew about Wotan but I was under the impression that a couple of others also changed (but couldn't be any more specific). I presume, therefore, I was under a false impression?
Quote from: Larry Rinkel on September 24, 2007, 07:44:33 AMFlagstad does Fricka in the Rheingold, and Christa Ludwig in the Walkuere. Can't think of others offhand. Alberich is Neidlinger throughout, Stolze is Mime, Siegfried is Windgassen, Bruennhilde is Nilsson. Who else is there of importance? OK, the Rhinemaidens probably change from Rheingold to G-D. None of this bothers me.
Quote from: Wendell_E on September 24, 2007, 08:07:50 AMYeah, the Rheinmaidens change, as do the Waltraute (that's pretty much standard practice), Erda, and Mime (Stolze is only in Siegfried. It's Paul Kuen in Rheingold). And, of course, Wotan and Fricka. But it doesn't bother me either.
Quote from: marvinbrown on September 24, 2007, 06:39:50 AM Yeah that set is RIDICULOUSLY expensive, what gives ? marvin
Quote from: canninator on September 25, 2007, 12:35:05 AMThanks to all for the recommendations. On balance it seems as though the Solti/Decca set is a good place to start. My reason for getting (or anticipating getting) only one cycle is partly financial but also due to the sheer size of the thing. At 14 CDs (or thereabouts depending on the recording) it will take me a long time to get to know just a single cycle before I even thought about a second.
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