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:
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