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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Clemens Krauss, Bayreuth Festival 1953


Release Date: 02/14/2006 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 1500   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hans HotterDietrich Fischer-DieskauJosef GreindlAstrid Varnay,   ... 
Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival OrchestraBayreuth Festival Chorus
Number of Discs: 14 
Recorded in: Mono 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Booklet includes detailed track listings and synopses but no English libretto.

R E V I E W S :

This is a glorious Ring Cycle -- this one tells us everything about Wagner's great vision. It is the one for the desert island.

This performance "is an exhilarating ride, lifted into a very special class by the quality of the singing. On balance, this is the most impressively cast Ring you can get. Outstanding contributions include a young, remarkably weighty Siegfried from Wolfgang Windgassen, a threatening Wotan from Hans Hotter, an explosive Siegmund from Ramon Vinay, and a heart-stopping Brünnhilde from Astrid Varnay, one of the greatest Wagner sopranos." --
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"I have never lost faith in its values: a truthful, admirably paced, deeply felt traversal, performed by a real ensemble of singers working in dedicated fashion over a short span of time...you hear the work in a theatrical perspective and a live acoustic. The earlier operas are dominated by Hans Hotter, singing Wotan at the peak of his achievement...Over all presides Krauss with a judicious blend of the dramatic and spiritual, and the rare gift of maintaining line and musical argument through even the slowest passages. Where physical energy or incandescence are of the essence, Krauss inspires his orchestra to provide them." -- Alan Blyth, GRAMOPHONE

"Everything about it is first-rate. The packaging is attractive. The essay is informative. The cast lists are complete. The picture discs in plastic sleeves are lovely. And the remastering is, far and away, the best the Krauss Ring has ever had: old, yes, and live, certainly, but transparent and filled with color and light. Those who love Wagner owe it to themselves to hear this set." -- All Music Guide

"What else is there to say about the justly acclaimed Krauss Ring? It arguably has the best cast ever assembled, including Astrid Varnay's Brünnhilde, Hans Hotter's Wotan, Wolfgang Windgassen's Siegfried, Regina Resnik's Sieglinde, and Gustav Neidlinger's Alberich. All are at the top of their form, and Krauss leads the orchestra in an interpretation that effortlessly catches the music's ebb and flow. This performance has fewer dead spots than just about any other, and while the mono sound is limited, it never gets between you and the performance, with the voices clearly caught. It's all been repackaged in a handy slim box with terrific notes by Classicstoday.com's own Robert Levine. A must-have for Ringers everywhere." -- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Josef Greindl (Bass),
Astrid Varnay (Mezzo Soprano), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor)
Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Live  Bayreuth Festpielhaus, Bayreuth 
2.
Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ludwig Weber (Baritone), Josef Greindl (Bass Baritone), Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone),
Hetty Plümacher (Soprano), Gerhard Stolze (Tenor), Erika Zimmermann (Soprano),
Hermann Uhde (Baritone), Maria von Ilosvay (Alto), Ludwig Weber (Bass),
Ira Malaniuk (Mezzo Soprano), Hans Hotter (Baritone), Erich Witte (Tenor),
Josef Greindl (Bass), Paul Kuen (Tenor), Bruni Falcon (Soprano),
Gisela Litz (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Live  Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, Germany 
Language: German 
3.
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Liselotte Thomamüller (Soprano), Brünnhild Friedland (Soprano), Josef Greindl (Bass Baritone),
Regina Resnik (Soprano), Erika Schubert (Mezzo Soprano), Hans Hotter (Baritone),
Bruni Falcon (Soprano), Josef Greindl (Bass), Ira Malaniuk (Mezzo Soprano),
Brünnhild Friedland (Soprano), Astrid Varnay (Soprano), Ramon Vinay (Tenor),
Lise Sorrell (Mezzo Soprano), Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Liselotte Thomamuller (Soprano),
Maria von Ilosvay (Alto), Sibylla Plate (Alto), Gisela Litz (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Live  Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, Germany 
Language: German 
4.
Siegfried by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Paul Kuen (Tenor), Rita Streich (Soprano), Josef Greindl (Bass),
Hans Hotter (Baritone), Astrid Varnay (Soprano), Maria von Ilosvay (Alto),
Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor), Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Live  Festespielhaus, Bayreuth, Germany 
Language: German 
5.
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Gisela Litz (Alto), Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone), Regina Resnik (Soprano),
Hetty Plümacher (Mezzo Soprano), Natalie Hinsch-Gröndahl (Soprano), Erika Zimmermann (Soprano),
Astrid Varnay (Soprano), Ira Malaniuk (Mezzo Soprano), Josef Greindl (Bass),
Hetty Plümacher (Soprano), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor), Gisela Litz (Mezzo Soprano),
Maria von Ilosvay (Alto), Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Natalie Hinsch-grondahl (Soprano),
Hermann Uhde (Baritone)
Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Live  Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, Germany 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: Prelude
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Weia! Waga! Woge, du Welle!" (Rhinemaidens, Alberich)
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Lugt, Schwestern! Die Weckerin lacht in den Grund" (Alberich, Rhinemaidens
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Der Welt Erbe gewann' ich zu eigen durch dich?" (Alberich, Rhinemaidens)
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Wotan! Gemahl! Erwache!" (Fricka, Wotan, Freia)
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Sanft schloss Schlaf dein Aug'" (Fasolt, Wotan, Fafner, Freia, Froh, Donner, Fricka)
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Endlich Loge!" (Wotan, Loge, Fricka, Froh, Donner, Fafner, Fasolt)
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Immer ist Undank Loges Lohn!" (Loge)
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Dir's zu melden gelobt' ich den Madchen" (Loge, Wotan, Fasolt, Fafner, Fricka, Donner, Froh, Freia)
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Uber Stock un Stein zu Tal" (Loge, Fricka, Donner, Froh
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Wotan, Gemahl, unsel'ger Mann!" (Fricka, Wotan, Loge, Donner, Froh)
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Hehe! Hehe! Hieher! Hieher! Tuckischer Zwerg!" (Alberich, Mime, Loge, Wotan
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Nibelheim hier!" (Loge, Mime, Wotan
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Wer halfe mir?" (Mime, Loge, Wotan, Alberich
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Was wollt ihr hier?" (Alberich, Wotan, Loge
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Auf wonnigen Hohn" (Alberich, Wotan, Loge
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Ohe! Ohe! Schreckliche Schlange" (Loge, Wotan, Alberich
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Da, Vetter, sitze du fest!" (Loge, Alberich, Wotan
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Gazahlt hab' ich: nun lasst mich ziehn!" (Alberich, Loge, Wotan
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: Bin ich nun frei? - Alberich, Loge, Wotan
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Fasolt und Fafner nahen von fern" (Loge, Froh, Donner, Fricka, Fasolt, Wotan, Fafner)
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: "Freia, die schone, schau' ich nicht mehr" (Fasolt, Fafner, Loge, Wotan, Freia, Fricka, Froh, Donner)
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: Weiche, Wotan, weiche! - Erda, Wotan, Fricka, Froh, Donner, Freia
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: Halt, du Gieriger! - Fasolt, Fafner, Loge, Wotan, Fricka
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: Schwules Gedunst schwebt in der Luft - Donner, Froh
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge - Wotan, Fricka, Loge
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold: Rheingold! Rheingold! Reines Gold! - Rhinemaidens, Wotan, Loge

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