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Thread: Der Ring des Nibelungen (With only Music) ???

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    Default Der Ring des Nibelungen (With only Music) ???


    This might seem like blasphemy to some, but since I really, really love "Der Ring des Nibelungen" I wonder if there exist any complete recording without vocals? I have some kind of "best of" which is a concept I really dislike.

    Preferbly on vinyl, but CD is also okey.

    Any help would be great.

    / Peter

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    There is no COMPLETE recording without vocals. What would be the point? The whole idea of opera is the singing.

    That having been said, a number of people have made orchestral 'arrangements' and 'syntheses' of music from Wagner's Ring. The most 'complete' of these is The Ring Without Words by Lorin Maazel - a synthesis of 75 minutes of music from the Ring in chronological order. It is available on DVD as a live recording with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 2000.

    Leopold Stokowski also made an extensive arrangement of music from the Ring which includes the following numbers:
    Das Rheingold: Prelude; Song Of The Rhinemaidens; Alberich Steals The Gold; Wotan And Alberich Descend Into Nibelheim; Erda's Warning ('Weiche, Wotan, Weiche!'); Entrance Of The Gods Into Valhalla
    Die Walküre: Siegmend Comforts Sieglinde; Ride Of The Valkyries; Brunnhilde Pleads Before Wotan; Wotan's Farewell And The Magic Fire Music
    Siegfried: The Wanderer Questions Mime; 'Nothung! Nothung!; Forest Murmurs; Brunnhilde - Siegfried Duet (Finale); Dawn And Siegfried's Rhine Journey
    Die Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death And Funeral Music; Brunnhilde's Immolation; Finale

    Various other 'symphonic syntheses' by Stokowski can be found by trawling sites like Amazon.

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    Somewhere (but I don't know where) I've got the Ring des Nibelungen without words on 3 CDs played by the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Yes, very excentric indeed, but quite soon the mannerisms of unwagnerian voice-instrumentalisations made me get lost . That's why, I guess, the CDs got lost in the attic .

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