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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Keilberth [Bayreuth 1953]

Wagner / Chor Und Orchester Der Bayreuther Festspi
Release Date: 07/31/2015 
Label:  Pan Classics   Catalog #: 10340   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Josef GreindlHans HotterBruni FalconLudwig Weber,   ... 
Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival OrchestraBayreuth Festival Chorus
Number of Discs: 12 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This 1953 first of two Bayreuth Ring cycles, led by Joseph Keilberth, marked the first time Hans Hotter sang all three Wotans; he is in stupendous form. • Also for the first time at Bayreuth, Martha Mödl sings Brunnhilde; she too is at her finest. • This was also the first year Wolfgang Windgassen sang Siegfried, a role he owned for at least the next 15 years. • This cycle (and the later one under Clemens Krauss) established the major figures for the next 5 years. • No more satisfactory Ring cast has been assembled since, indeed none that can touch it. • This release is a fitting tribute to its lasting greatness. This 1953 first of two Bayreuth Ring cycles, led by Joseph Keilberth, marked the first time Hans Hotter sang all three Wotans; he is in stupendous form. • Also for the first time at Bayreuth, Martha Mödl sings Brunnhilde; she too is at her finest. • This was also the first year Wolfgang Windgassen sang Siegfried, a role he owned for at least the next 15 years. • This cycle (and the later one under Clemens Krauss) established the major figures for the next 5 years. • No more satisfactory Ring cast has been assembled since, indeed none that can touch it. • This release is a fitting tribute to its lasting greatness. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1953 
Venue:  Live  Bayreuth, Germany 
Language: German 
2.
Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Josef Greindl (Bass), Hans Hotter (Baritone), Bruni Falcon (Soprano),
Ludwig Weber (Bass), Ira Malaniuk (Alto), Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone),
Gisela Litz (Mezzo Soprano), Erika Zimmermann (Soprano), Hetty Plümacher (Alto),
Gerhard Stolze (Tenor), Erich Witte (Tenor), Hermann Uhde (Baritone),
Paul Kuen (Tenor), Maria von Ilosvay (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/25/1953 
Venue:  Live  Bayreuth, Germany 
Language: German 
3.
Siegfried by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Rita Streich (Soprano), Maria von Ilosvay (Alto), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor),
Paul Kuen (Tenor), Hans Hotter (Baritone), Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone),
Josef Greindl (Bass), Martha Mödl (Soprano)
Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/27/1953 
Venue:  Live  Bayreuth, Germany 
Language: German 
4.
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Gisela Litz (Mezzo Soprano), Hetty Plümacher (Mezzo Soprano), Erika Zimmermann (Soprano),
Regina Resnik (Soprano), Hermann Uhde (Baritone), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor),
Ira Malaniuk (Mezzo Soprano), Maria von Ilosvay (Alto), Natalie Hinsch-Gröndahl (Soprano),
Martha Mödl (Soprano), Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone), Josef Greindl (Bass)
Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/29/1953 
Venue:  Live  Bayreuth, Germany 
Language: German 
5.
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Erika Schubert (Mezzo Soprano), Sibylla Plate (Mezzo Soprano), Lise Sorrell (Mezzo Soprano),
Martha Mödl (Soprano), Ramon Vinay (Tenor), Josef Greindl (Bass),
Hans Hotter (Baritone), Ira Malaniuk (Alto), Brünnhild Friedland (Soprano),
Bruni Falcon (Soprano), Regina Resnik (Soprano), Gisela Litz (Mezzo Soprano),
Liselotte Thomamüller (Soprano), Maria von Ilosvay (Alto)
Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/26/1953 
Venue:  Live  Bayreuth, Germany 
Language: German 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Many outstanding performances August 11, 2015 By J. Tatnall (West Grove, PA) See All My Reviews "Keilberth was a great theatre conductor. His repertory was German romantic/20th century with the occasional foray into related areas; Czech, for example. He was a regular at Bayreuth from 52 to 56 and recordings of the Ring, Lohengrin, and Dutchman are extant. Keilberth's 52 Ring is good, but recording quality and odd pressing quirks on the cd puts it out of the running. The 55 Decca recorded Ring on Testament is absolutely prime; outstanding cast, early stereo sonics, few if any glitches. However, it is a pricey set. Both Keilberth's 53 Ring and Kraus's are available and neither is very pricey. Both have good casts. Keilberth's sweep of the RINg is very exciting and has Martha Modl's stunning Brunhilda; better than her Furtwangler foray which was no mean feat either. The sound on the Keilberth 53 Ring is very good mono-clean well ballanced. Hotter is in excellent voice for Wotan. Windgassen is the caveat. He loses it in the forging scene for both conductors. He gets a beat off, comes in too early, gets lost; it's not good in two such well known "arias" from Siegfried. Keilberth tries his best to get him on track and follow him. Kraus just keeps on and lets mayhem happen. (Windgassen also had trouble in the 53 Lohengrin issued by Decca that year from Bayreuth. It just wasn't a good season for him.) All that said, the Keilberth 53 Ring is worth the price for all that is right with it, which is a very great deal indeed. And if you already have the 55 set, this still should be of interest for the cast differences." Report Abuse
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