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Offline johnsonad

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Ring Cycles
« on: May 31, 2021, 11:34:48 AM »
For the classical fans out there, what is your favorite recorded Ring Cycle?  For me it's the Karajan.  The sound production is fantastic and it's a joy to listen to.  I have favorite singers in other cycles but as a whole, this one sounds fantastic. 
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Re: Ring Cycles
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2021, 01:17:20 PM »
Not a huge Wagner fan, but Karajan is pretty great. Furtwängler‘s Tristan from 1952 is amazing. Not the Ring, I know.
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Re: Ring Cycles
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2021, 01:46:27 PM »
I've been listening to the Solti classic for many decades. That and Bernstein's Mahler cycle are two that I keep coming back to. I'll keep an eye open for the Karajan!
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Re: Ring Cycles
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2021, 08:08:04 AM »
I appreciate the recommendation, and I was able to locate this Ring recording on Spotify last night. I have always been intimidated by the length of the Ring Cycle so I have never given it a listen.

Do you have any tracks that you would recommend?
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2021, 09:01:07 AM »
I have only von Karajan Die Walkure on tape. But I just realized I also have the London Solti/Vienna Die Walkure, Siegfried and Gotterdamerung on tape and Das Rheingold on LP. Serendipity!
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Re: Ring Cycles
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2021, 01:31:43 AM »
PJ, the Solti is the only complete cycle I have on LP and it's a great recording.  I read somewhere it took Decca 40 years to recoup the cost from that production. On CD I picked up the Janowski/Dresden cycle though I listen to it infrequently.

Die Walkure is my favorite act of the cycle and if you're not into 14 hours of listening, it offers excitement and beautiful music.
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Re: Ring Cycles
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2021, 05:42:28 AM »
Thanks! I now see that the tracks are divided up into Cycles. I found the Die Walkure Cycle, and I’ll definitely give that a listen.
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Re: Ring Cycles
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2021, 09:53:41 AM »
Ross, all of the cycles are good, but some are slow. Wanger did a brilliant job of building the cycles. If you have a favorite opera singer(s), find a cycle they were part of.

On another note, i picked up the complete Karajan on LP today for $50. Looking forward to playing it all the way through on LP.
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