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Merit - Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Knappertsbusch


Release Date: 04/25/2000 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 4009   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Josef TraxelWolfgang WindgassenHans HotterLudwig Suthaus,   ... 
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival OrchestraBayreuth Festival Chorus
Number of Discs: 13 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 15 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

REVIEWS:
Opera News (9/00, pp.96-97) - "...At its best...this is a 'Ring' for the ages, a performance so imbued with drama and power, so full of ravishingly beautiful singing and committed orchestral playing, that it is impossible to do it justice in mere words..."
BBC Music (5/98, p.72) - "...listen to [Hans Knappertsbusch's] 'Immolation Scene' with Astrid Varnay...and you hear Brünnhilde's apotheosis unfold with an unsurpassed sense of inevitability....this Music & Arts set....is an essential supplement to the 'Rings' of Furtwängler (La Scala), Clemens Krauss (Bayreuth) and Solti (Vienna)."
REVIEWS:
Opera News (9/00, pp.96-97) - "...At its best...this is a 'Ring' for the ages, a performance so imbued with drama and power, so full of ravishingly beautiful singing and committed orchestral playing, that it is impossible to do it justice in mere words..."
BBC Music (5/98, p.72) - "...listen to [Hans Knappertsbusch's] 'Immolation Scene' with Astrid Varnay...and you hear Brünnhilde's apotheosis unfold with an unsurpassed sense of inevitability....this Music & Arts set....is an essential supplement to the 'Rings' of Furtwängler (La Scala), Clemens Krauss (Bayreuth) and Solti (Vienna)." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Josef Traxel (Tenor), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor), Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone),
Ludwig Suthaus (Tenor), Georgine von Milinkovic (Mezzo Soprano), Paul Kuen (Tenor),
Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone), Josef Greindl (Bass), Gré Brouwenstijn (Soprano),
Astrid Varnay (Mezzo Soprano), Arnold Van Mill (Baritone), Alfons Herwig (Baritone)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  Live  Festival Playhouse, Bayreuth, Germany 
Language: German 
2.
Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Lore Wissmann (Soprano), Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone), Gré Brouwenstijn (Soprano),
Arnold Van Mill (Bass), Paul Kuen (Tenor), Jean Madeira (Mezzo Soprano),
Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone), Alfons Herwig (Baritone), Ludwig Suthaus (Tenor),
Josef Traxel (Tenor), Georgine von Milinkovic (Mezzo Soprano), Maria von Ilosvay (Alto),
Paula Lenchner (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  Live  Festival Playhouse, Bayreuth, Germany 
Length: 157 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Siegfried by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Paul Kuen (Tenor), Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone), Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone),
Jean Madeira (Mezzo Soprano), Arnold Van Mill (Bass), Ilse Hollweg (Soprano),
Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor), Astrid Varnay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  Live  Festival Playhouse, Bayreuth, Germany 
Length: 250 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Paula Lenchner (Soprano), Lore Wissmann (Soprano), Maria von Ilosvay (Alto),
Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor), Hermann Uhde (Baritone), Astrid Varnay (Soprano),
Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone), Josef Greindl (Bass), Jean Madeira (Mezzo Soprano),
Gré Brouwenstijn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  Live  Festival Playhouse, Bayreuth, Germany 
Length: 198 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jean Madeira (Mezzo Soprano), Paula Lenchner (Soprano), Gerda Lammers (Soprano),
Elisabeth Schärtel (Mezzo Soprano), Hilde Scheppan (Soprano), Maria von Ilosvay (Alto),
Astrid Varnay (Soprano), Georgine von Milinkovic (Mezzo Soprano), Luise Charlotte Kamps (Voice),
Gré Brouwenstijn (Soprano), Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone), Josef Greindl (Bass),
Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  Live  Festival Playhouse, Bayreuth, Germany 
Length: 229 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: German 

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