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Notes and Editorial Reviews
...Fischer-Dieskau's highly intelligent Wotan is occasionally barked when Wagner forces him beyond his natural capabilities. Otherwise his account of the part is as musical and intelligent as one would expect it to be. Altogether, Karajan's Das Rheingold is a delight. A superb trio of Rhinemaidens starts it glowingly (Anna Reynolds the best Flosshilde I have ever heard). Kélémén is almost Neidlinger's equal as Alberich (Solti)... Talvela is the best of all Fasolts, so warm of expression, so commanding of voice.
...Throughout all the Karajan set, one is consistently aware of the lyrical beauty of the whole work, just how much unsurpassed orchestration, and subtle transformations there are in the score. It
is a version, on CD, that needs to be heard for almost the ultimate in orchestral playing. Yet Karajan remains always thoughtful to his singers, as did the DG engineers; the balance between voices and orchestra is unfailingly right throughout, as it is not on the Decca, so you could say that this is the most truthful of all The Ring CD sets...
-- Gramophone [7/1985, reviewing the
complete Karajan Ring]
Works on This Recording
Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner
Simone Mangelsdorff (Soprano),
Erwin Wohlfahrt (Tenor),
Robert Kerns (Baritone),
Donald Grobe (Tenor),
Martti Talvela (Bass),
Karl Ridderbusch (Bass),
Oralia Dominguez (Mezzo Soprano),
Josephine Veasey (Mezzo Soprano),
Zoltan Kélémén (Bass Baritone),
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone),
Gerhard Stolze (Tenor),
Helen Donath (Soprano),
Edda Moser (Soprano),
Anna Reynolds (Alto)
Herbert von Karajan
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1854; Germany
Date of Recording: 1967
Venue: Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin
Length: 145 Minutes 58 Secs.
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