Started by canninator, September 24, 2007, 03:37:41 AM
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
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?
Page created in 0.037 seconds with 26 queries.