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Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Krauss, Varnay, Hotter, Windgassen


Release Date: 04/27/2004 
Label:  Archipel   Catalog #: 250   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ira MalaniukJosef GreindlHermann UhdeLudwig Weber,   ... 
Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival OrchestraBayreuth Festival Chorus
Number of Discs: 13 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Der Ring des Nibelungen
Hans Hotter; Ira Malaniuk; Astrid Varnay; Wolfgang Windgassen; Paul Luen; Gustav Neidlinger; Josef Greindl; Rita Streich; Regina Resnik; Ramon Vinay; Hermann Uhde; Natalie Hinsch-Grondahl; etc. - Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele/Clemens Krauss

Live recording: Bayreuth 1953.
Superb sound – audiophile remastering
(13 CDs for the price of 6)

"Not before time Clemens Krauss’s Ring, which many, including myself, consider to be the most compelling and best-cast cycle, is available again; and in much- improved sound. Its super-budget price (albeit without notes, texts or translation) makes it a real bargain. Since reviewing its last incarnation almost 16
Read more years ago, 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
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Works on This Recording

1.
Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Live  Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, Germany 
Language: German 
2.
Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ira Malaniuk (Mezzo Soprano), Josef Greindl (Bass), Hermann Uhde (Baritone),
Ludwig Weber (Baritone), Maria von Ilosvay (Alto), Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone),
Erich Witte (Tenor), Erika Zimmermann (Soprano), Hans Hotter (Baritone),
Gerhard Stolze (Tenor), Gisela Litz (Mezzo Soprano), Paul Kuen (Tenor),
Hetty Plümacher (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.
Siegfried by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Astrid Varnay (Soprano), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor), Hans Hotter (Baritone),
Rita Streich (Soprano), Paul Kuen (Tenor), Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone),
Maria von Ilosvay (Alto), Josef Greindl (Bass)
Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Live  Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, Germany 
Language: German 
4.
Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Natalie Hinsch-Gröndahl (Soprano), Hermann Uhde (Baritone), Astrid Varnay (Soprano),
Erika Zimmermann (Soprano), Josef Greindl (Bass), Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone),
Hetty Plümacher (Mezzo Soprano), Gisela Litz (Mezzo Soprano), Maria von Ilosvay (Alto),
Regina Resnik (Soprano), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor), Ira Malaniuk (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Live  Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, Germany 
Language: German 
5.
Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Josef Greindl (Bass), Ira Malaniuk (Mezzo Soprano), Regina Resnik (Soprano),
Ramon Vinay (Tenor), Hans Hotter (Baritone), Lise Sorrell (Mezzo Soprano),
Bruni Falcon (Soprano), Liselotte Thomamüller (Soprano), Brünnhild Friedland (Soprano),
Maria von Ilosvay (Alto), Sibylla Plate (Alto), Erika Schubert (Mezzo Soprano),
Gisela Litz (Mezzo Soprano), Astrid Varnay (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 

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