Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Back in the glory days of early digital recordings, "Ring" cycles were being released fast and furiously. Old "Rings" were reissued with remastered sound -- Solti's on Decca, B?hm's on Philips, and Furtw?ngler's on EMI -- and new "Rings" were issued with digital sound -- Levine's on Deutsche Grammophon, Barenboim's on Teldec, and Haitink's on EMI. Almost 20 years later, EMI re-released Haitink's "Ring" as a single 14-disc set with full cast lists, notes, and plot summaries, but without librettos. As "Ring" cycles go, Haitink's ranks above most of its contemporaries. His casts are consistently fine and often outstanding. James Morris is a magnificent Wotan, Theo Adam is a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Back in the glory days of early digital recordings, "Ring" cycles were being released fast and furiously. Old "Rings" were reissued with remastered sound -- Solti's on Decca, Böhm's on Philips, and Furtwängler's on EMI -- and new "Rings" were issued with digital sound -- Levine's on Deutsche Grammophon, Barenboim's on Teldec, and Haitink's on EMI. Almost 20 years later, EMI re-released Haitink's "Ring" as a single 14-disc set with full cast lists, notes, and plot summaries, but without librettos. As "Ring" cycles go, Haitink's ranks above most of its contemporaries. His casts are consistently fine and often outstanding. James Morris is a magnificent Wotan, Theo Adam is a nefarious Alberich, Eva Marton is a harrowing Brünnhilde, Siegfried Jerusalem is a convincing Siegfried, Reiner Goldberg is an acceptable Siegmund, and Cheryl Studer is a surprisingly effective Sieglinde. Haitink elicits powerful but subtle playing from the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The big moments are huge: Siegfried's "Funeral March" is colossal; the stormy moments are terrifying: the opening pages of "Die Walküre" are searing; and the ardent moments are passionate: the zenith of Siegfried is climactic. Even better, Haitink refrains from treating every moment as a big moment, but instead lets the music unfold naturally and dramatically. For listeners who were raised on the excitement of Solti or the profundity of Furtwängler, Haitink's "Ring" may not be the ultimate "Ring." But with excellent digital sound and a thoroughly satisfying interpretation, Haitink's may be the "Ring" of choice for those listeners who demand digital sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2008
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099951947927
  • Catalog Number: 19479
  • Sales rank: 322,132

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–47 Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a - Richard Wagner & Richard Wagner (148:27)
Disc 2
Disc 3
  1. 1–43 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b - Richard Wagner & Richard Wagner (231:06)
Disc 4
Disc 5
Disc 6
Disc 7
  1. 1–55 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c - Richard Wagner & Richard Wagner (228:58)
Disc 8
Disc 9
Disc 10
Disc 11
  1. 1–66 Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d - Richard Wagner & Richard Wagner (256:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bernard Haitink Primary Artist
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