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Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Solti, Vienna Philharmonic


Release Date: 10/14/1997 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 455555   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hans HotterBirgit NilssonKirsten FlagstadDietrich Fischer-Dieskau,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraVienna State Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 14 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 14 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Liner Notes

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Solti's is the finest Ring cycle to be issued. Whether in performance or in vividness of sound, it remains the most electrifying account of the tetralogy on disc." - Penguin Guide to Classical Music 2008 edition, page 1532 "Solti's is the finest Ring cycle to be issued. Whether in performance or in vividness of sound, it remains the most electrifying account of the tetralogy on disc." - Penguin Guide to Classical Music 2008 edition, page 1532 Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano),
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1958-65 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
2. Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ira Malaniuk (Alto), Kirsten Flagstad (Soprano), Claire Watson (Soprano),
Set Svanholm (Tenor), Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone),
Paul Kuen (Tenor), Hetty Plümacher (Alto), Oda Balsborg (Soprano),
Kurt Böhme (Bass), Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone), Walter Kreppel (Bass),
Jean Madeira (Mezzo Soprano), George London (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1958 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 145 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Siegfried by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor),
Gerhard Stolze (Tenor), Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone), Kurt Böhme (Bass),
Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Marga Höffgen (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 237 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor), Helen Watts (Alto), Maureen Guy (Mezzo Soprano),
Dame Gwyneth Jones (Soprano), Lucia Popp (Soprano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano),
Claire Watson (Soprano), Gottlob Frick (Bass), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano),
Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Anita Välkki (Soprano),
Grace Hoffman (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 265 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 
5. Die Walküre by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Vera Schlosser (Soprano), Vera Little (Alto), Claudia Hellmann (Mezzo Soprano),
Helen Watts (Alto), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano),
Brigitte Fassbaender (Mezzo Soprano), Gottlob Frick (Bass), Régine Crespin (Soprano),
Helga Dernesch (Soprano), James King (Tenor), Hans Hotter (Baritone),
Berit Lindholm (Soprano), Marilyn Tyler (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 228 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Fabulous in Every Way Possible July 22, 2013 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Wagner afficionados need no introduction to this legendary Ring. For those who have never heard Wagner's monumental 4-opera cycle, the 'Solti Ring' is unquestionably one of the finest recordings ever made, and I suspect that most professional critics will admit that it is in fact THE BEST and unlikely to ever be surpassed. Recorded ever several years in the late 1950's and early-to-mid 1960's, Sir Georg Solti's Ring has everything going for it- the finest Wagnerian singers in the world, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's astounding orchestral work, and the triumphal artistic integration of Solti's conducting. More superlatives on my part are really unnecessary- there are plenty more available from the professional music critics. You can believe them all- this Ring cycle merits the highest possible praise- it really IS that good! 'Nuff said!" Report Abuse
 Still the Best Ring  November 30, 2011 By Christian Withers (San Antonio, TX) See All My Reviews "There is no perfect recording of Wagner's great opera tetralogy, but this powerful performance comes closest. I've heard a number of others, which were good and even great. But this one is special, if for no other reason than its historical value. But there are other reasons, from great and amazingly consistent singing to overwhelming climaxes; from aged but still impressive sound to sustained intensity throughout. It's also one of the more reasonably priced stereo versions. You should also hear Bohm and Janowski, but Solti is still first choice." Report Abuse
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