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Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Furtwängler, La Scala


Release Date: 02/26/2008 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 1501   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hilde KonetzniKirsten FlagstadElisabeth HöngenFerdinand Frantz,   ... 
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 12 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This 1950 performance is the only live complete recording of The Ring conducted by the legendary Wilhelm Furtwängler. Although it has been available on several labels in the past, this is its first appearance at budget price. At last, this “crucial, living document,” as opera critic Robert Levine called it, has been made affordable by Opera d’Oro!

“Wilhelm Furtwängler was the ultimate Ring experimenter, the bender of bar-lines, the constructive thief of time, the manufacturer of extraordinary tempo and dynamic gradations. Leitmotifs are integral hints in the musical structure rather than stick-out signposts. Limpet-like attention to the drama is achieved by timing and musical tension. With the Italian orchestras of
Read more his only post-war Rings Furtwängler eschews virtuosity in favour of speeds and effects where all the notes can be clearly played. These performances were cast as if the singers were instrumentalists. Furtwängler could have had Hans Hotter, but he took Ferdinand Frantz, the ‘straighter’ less word-colouring singer. He stuck with Flagstad in 1950 for her grand, unfussy vocalisation of Brünnhilde … essential vocal listening.” — Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hilde Konetzni (Soprano), Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Elisabeth Höngen (Mezzo Soprano),
Ferdinand Frantz (Bass Baritone), Set Svanholm (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1950 
Venue:  Live  La Scala Theater, Milan, Italy 
Language: German 
2.
Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Set Svanholm (Tenor), Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Hilde Konetzni (Soprano),
Ludwig Weber (Bass), Margret Weth-Falke (Alto), Günther Treptow (Tenor),
Angelo Mattiello (Baritone), Walburga Wegener (Soprano), Margherita Kenney (Soprano),
Sieglinde Wagner (Alto), Peter Markwort (Tenor), Joachim Sattler (Tenor),
Alois Pernerstorfer (Bass Baritone), Magda Gabory (Soprano), Elisabeth Höngen (Mezzo Soprano),
Ferdinand Frantz (Bass Baritone), Albert Emmerich (Bass)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1950 
Venue:  Live La Scala Theater, Milan, Italy 
3.
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Set Svanholm (Tenor), Günther Treptow (Tenor), Hilde Konetzni (Soprano),
Margherita Kenney (Soprano), Margret Weth-Falke (Alto), Dagmar Schmedes (Soprano),
Ilona Steingruber (Soprano), Elisabeth Höngen (Mezzo Soprano), Karen Marie Crkall (Soprano),
Ludwig Weber (Bass), Sieglinde Wagner (Alto), Ferdinand Frantz (Bass Baritone),
Walburga Wegener (Soprano), Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Polly Batic (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1950 
Venue:  Live La Scala Theater, Milan, Italy 
4.
Siegfried by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ferdinand Frantz (Bass Baritone), Hilde Konetzni (Soprano), Josef Herrmann (Baritone),
Alois Pernerstorfer (Bass Baritone), Elisabeth Höngen (Mezzo Soprano), Julia Moor (Soprano),
Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Ludwig Weber (Bass), Peter Markwort (Tenor),
Set Svanholm (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1950 
Venue:  Live La Scala Theater, Milan, Italy 
5.
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ferdinand Frantz (Bass Baritone), Set Svanholm (Tenor), Margherita Kenney (Soprano),
Alois Pernerstorfer (Bass Baritone), Hilde Konetzni (Soprano), Margret Weth-Falke (Alto),
Elisabeth Höngen (Mezzo Soprano), Sieglinde Wagner (Alto), Josef Herrmann (Baritone),
Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Magda Gabory (Soprano), Max Lorenz (Tenor),
Ludwig Weber (Bass)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1950 
Venue:  Live La Scala Theater, Milan, Italy 

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