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    Hey there, I'm calling out to the Wagnerites (Wagnerians?) to share their favorite moments in Der Ring and which version they prefer. Love to know what truly stands out for you guys.

    For me it's probably Wotan's Farewell at the end of Die Walkure. Although Brunnhilde's Immolation is a very close second! I've been listening over and over to the Hans Hotter/Solti version. I LOVE that supercharged orchestral sound Solti conjures up right after: "Denn Einer nur freie die Braut, der freier als ich, der Gott!" (For one alone winneth the bride; one freer than I, the god!)

    Though I understand Hans Hotter was past his prime in this recording (he could've fooled me!).

    Just today I got a chance to hear a more "youthful" Wotan as sung by Rene Pape. HOLY COW! This guy is AWESOME:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY5wD...eature=related

    Anyways...

    So what's your single favorite stand-out moment?
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    The finales of Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung are up there, but my favourite is probably the music for Wotan and Loge's journey to Nibelheim.
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    in Walkure when Brunnhilde tells Sieglinde that she is pregnant with the best hero ever, Sieglinde replies "Magnificent Victory!" with a really phenomenal short piece of melody... it's that same line that is repeated at the end of Gotterdammerung when valhalla is burning. magnificent victory
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    It's the greed of huge companies and huge organizations which control life in a kind of a brutal way ... It's gotten worse and worse, somehow, because physical science has given us more and more terrible deadly weapons, and the human spirit has been destroyed in so many cases, so what's the use of having the most powerful country in the world if we have killed the soul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    I like the way ComposerOfAvantGarde replies to threads, sometimes really AvantGarde like herself !

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    My favorite is Die Zauberfeuermusik (Die Walküre)
    Il y a de grandes flaques de sang sur le monde/ Où s'en va-t-il tout ce sang répandu (Chanson dans le sang - Jacques Prévert)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crudblud View Post
    Wotan and Loge's journey to Nibelheim.
    Yep this for me. Das Rheingold was my first foray into Wagner and after an opera education that had consisted of numbers pieces filled with da capo arias, my jaw hit the floor. "This is opera?!"
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    The last 10"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Il_Penseroso View Post
    I like the way ComposerOfAvantGarde replies to threads, sometimes really AvantGarde like herself !

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    My favorite is Die Zauberfeuermusik (Die Walküre)
    Hehe. Himself. Thanks anyway. Refer to me as a female if you want. I kind of like it actually.
    It's the greed of huge companies and huge organizations which control life in a kind of a brutal way ... It's gotten worse and worse, somehow, because physical science has given us more and more terrible deadly weapons, and the human spirit has been destroyed in so many cases, so what's the use of having the most powerful country in the world if we have killed the soul.
    ~Hovhaness

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    Hehe. Himself. Thanks anyway. Refer to me as a female if you want. I kind of like it actually.
    Ooops ! Sorry !

    But if you got to be an AvantGarde, it's naturally excpected for you !
    Il y a de grandes flaques de sang sur le monde/ Où s'en va-t-il tout ce sang répandu (Chanson dans le sang - Jacques Prévert)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Il_Penseroso View Post
    Ooops ! Sorry !

    But if you got to be an AvantGarde, it's naturally excpected for you !
    Please use "she" and "her" etc. when referring to me. Use "it" if you really feel the need to.
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    It's the greed of huge companies and huge organizations which control life in a kind of a brutal way ... It's gotten worse and worse, somehow, because physical science has given us more and more terrible deadly weapons, and the human spirit has been destroyed in so many cases, so what's the use of having the most powerful country in the world if we have killed the soul.
    ~Hovhaness

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgz View Post
    Yep this for me. Das Rheingold was my first foray into Wagner and after an opera education that had consisted of numbers pieces filled with da capo arias, my jaw hit the floor. "This is opera?!"
    What, you learnt of nothing but Handel then?
    It's the greed of huge companies and huge organizations which control life in a kind of a brutal way ... It's gotten worse and worse, somehow, because physical science has given us more and more terrible deadly weapons, and the human spirit has been destroyed in so many cases, so what's the use of having the most powerful country in the world if we have killed the soul.
    ~Hovhaness

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    When it all ends.

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    The rhinemaidens, particularly their screams and lament

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    From each opera:

    Rheingold: Prelude



    Walküre: O hehrstes Wunder!



    Siegfried: Heil dir, Sonne!



    Götterdämmerung: Brünnhilde's Immolation


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    Couchie --

    OH MY GOODNESS! Jessye Norman must be the greatest Sieglinde ever! Simply PHENOMENAL!

    Thanks for those vids!
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