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Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Furtwangler


Release Date: 10/15/1990 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67123   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Wolfgang WindgassenMagda GaboryHilde Rössl-MajdanRita Streich,   ... 
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra RomeItalian Radio Chorus Rome
Number of Discs: 13 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 15 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Furtwängler's 1953 Ring cycle, recorded "live" in the RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana) studios, one act at a time, for broadcast purposes, is remastered here from the original tapes, in contrast to vinyl pressings used for the original 1972 EMI LP release. The noted Wagnerian scholar Deryck Cooke best characterized the great conductor's view of this magnum opus as a "stark, heavy, brooding work, a profound tragedy set in a primitive world of ancient Teutonic gods and heroes, to whom every action and event is of the utmost existential importance." Not even the boxy sonics or less-than-world-class RAI wind and brass sections diminish the impact of Furtwängler's gripping leadership. Even when tempos appear Read more unusually slow, the conductor's rhythmic underpinning and sixth sense for sustaining long lines keep the dramatic intensity afloat. While Furtwängler's livelier 1950 La Scala Ring boasts better orchestral playing, his RAI Ring is more consistently cast. Standouts include Windgassen's expansive Siegmund, Mödl's attentive Brünnhilde, Patzak's truly sung (as opposed to cackled) Mime, Suthaus's virile Siegfried, Jurinac's ruby-tinged Gutrune, and Greindl's best-vocalized Hagen extant. A banded synopsis is included in lieu of texts.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor), Magda Gabory (Soprano), Hilde Rössl-Majdan (Alto),
Rita Streich (Soprano), Margarete Klose (Mezzo Soprano), Alois Pernerstorfer (Bass Baritone),
Sena Jurinac (Soprano), Martha Mödl (Soprano), Gottlob Frick (Bass),
Ludwig Suthaus (Tenor), Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone), Ferdinand Frantz (Baritone),
Ira Malaniuk (Mezzo Soprano), Elsa Cavelti (Mezzo Soprano), Hilde Konetzni (Soprano),
Julius Patzak (Tenor), Elisabeth Grümmer (Soprano), Josef Greindl (Bass),
Alfred Poell (Baritone)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1953 
Length: 902 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ferdinand Frantz (Bass), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor), Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone),
Ira Malaniuk (Mezzo Soprano), Josef Greindl (Bass), Julius Patzak (Tenor),
Elisabeth Grümmer (Soprano), Hilde Rössl-Majdan (Mezzo Soprano), Ruth Siewert (Alto),
Sena Jurinac (Soprano), Magda Gabory (Soprano), Alfred Poell (Baritone),
Lorenz Fehenberger (Tenor), Gottlob Frick (Bass)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Language: German 
3.
Siegfried by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Julius Patzak (Tenor), Alois Pernerstorfer (Bass Baritone), Margarete Klose (Mezzo Soprano),
Josef Greindl (Bass), Martha Mödl (Soprano), Ferdinand Frantz (Bass Baritone),
Rita Streich (Soprano), Ludwig Suthaus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Language: German 
4.
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Martha Mödl (Soprano), Ludwig Suthaus (Tenor), Josef Greindl (Bass),
Alfred Poell (Baritone), Alois Pernerstorfer (Bass Baritone), Sena Jurinac (Soprano),
Margarete Klose (Mezzo Soprano), Magda Gabory (Soprano), Hilde Rössl-Majdan (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Language: German 
5.
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ira Malaniuk (Mezzo Soprano), Dagmar Schmedes (Mezzo Soprano), Magda Gabory (Soprano),
Judith Hellig (Soprano), Gerda Scheyrer (Soprano), Gottlob Frick (Bass),
Elsa Cavelti (Mezzo Soprano), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor), Hilde Konetzni (Soprano),
Ferdinand Frantz (Bass Baritone), Martha Mödl (Soprano), Olga Bennings (Mezzo Soprano),
Hilde Rössl-Majdan (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Language: German 

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