Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (complete operas)

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (complete operas)
Birgit Nilsson, Regine Crespin, Kirsten Flagstad, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, George London / Vienna Philharmonic, Sir Georg Solti

[ Decca Records / 17 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Wednesday 5 August 2015

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Decca's landmark recording of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen conducted by Sir Georg Solti is the most celebrated classical recording in history.

Sir Georg 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 John 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 effective and imaginative use of stereo.

The combination of Sir Georg 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.

Decca proudly presents the definitive high bit-depth transfer of this legendary recording, carefully remastered in 2012.

Anti-scratch matt finish 16CD+BonusCD-Rom capbox box set featuring Solti's immortal recording of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen as remastered in 2012.

An extensive 108-page booklet featuring written introductions to each opera by producer John Culshaw, synopses in English and German and many original session photographs.

CD-Rom containing complete libretti in original German with English translation and French translation.

An Introduction to Der Ring Des Nibelungen - Deryck Cooke (CDs 15 &16)

Bonus CD-ROM - PDFs of Libretti w/ English & French Translations plus the transcript with musical examples & index of leitmotifs of Deryck Cooke's 'An Introduction to…' available - PDFs also available to download online

BOOKLET: Written Introductions to each opera by John Culshaw / Session Photos / Synopses in English and German.


"Solti's was the first recorded Ring cycle to be issued. Whether in performance or in vividness of sound, Solti's remains the most electrifying account of the tetralogy on disc, sharply focused if not always as warmly expressive as some. Solti himself developed in the process of making the recording, and 'Gotterdammerung' represents a peak of achievement for him, commanding and magnificent."
(Penguin Guide Rosette Recording)

"Birgit Nilsson's Brünnhilde is stunning; her voice is also majestic and golden - but neither haughty nor cruel, two traps avoided. Hers is perhaps the finest such interpretation ever. The two Wotans (George London in Rheingold, then Hans Hotter in Walküre) are both commanding, lofty, authoritative. Just as they should be. But these very characteristics in the personae of each also suggest justified humanity; or at least approachability." (ClassicalNet)


Das Rheingold
George London (Wotan), Kirsten Flagstad (Fricka), Claire Watson (Freia), Set Svanholm (Loge), Waldemar Kmentt (Froh), Eberhard Wächter (Donner), Paul Kuen (Mime), Jean Madeira (Erda), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Walter Kreppel (Fasolt), Kurt Böhme (Fafner), Oda Balsborg (Woglinde), Hetty Plümacher (Wellgunde), Ira Malaniuk (Flosshilde)

Die Walküre
James King (Siegmund), Régine Crespin (Sieglinde), Gottlob Frick (Hunding), Hans Hotter (Wotan), Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), Christa Ludwig (Fricka), Brigitte Fassbaender (Waltraute), Berit Lindholm (Helmwige), Helga Dernesch (Ortlinde), Vera Schlosser (Gerhilde), Helen Watts (Schwertleite), Vera Little (Siegrune), Claudia Hellmann (Rossweise), Marilyn Tyler (Grimgerde)

Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried), Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), Hans Hotter (Wanderer), Gerhard Stolze (Mime), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Kurt Böhme (Fafner), Marga Höffgen (Erda), Joan Sutherland (Waldvogel)

Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried), Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), Gottlob Frick (Hagen), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Claire Watson (Gutrune), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Gunther), Christa Ludwig (Waltraute), Lucia Popp (Woglinde), Gwyneth Jones (Wellgunde), Maureen Guy (Flosshilde), Helen Watts (Erste Norn), Grace Hoffman (Zweite Norn), Anita Välkki (Dritte Norn)

Graham Abbott talks about one of the most monumental works of art ever