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    Question Who do you wish would have recorded Wagner's Ring?

    For me it would be Klemperer, even though I didn't care too much for his Dutchman.

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    Tullio Serafin

    or Mahler

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    For me it would be Klemperer, even though I didn't care too much for his Dutchman.
    OOppppps......you won't like that post I made in your wagner CD thread about Klemperer/Dutchman

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    I think Leinsdorf on the strength of his 1962 Decca Walkure release would have been a great complete Ring......





    Also of active conductors Abbado seems to have the right stuff as evidenced by his



    Also Pappano may have some promise from his recent Tristan



    The annoited one seems to be Theileman since he just released a complete Ring, the main problem is how to get group of current singers to match up to best casts of previous sets.......

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    the Abbado is excellent. i've heard some Theileman and the singers are pretty bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    Also Pappano may have some promise from his recent Tristan.
    I've got the DVD of his BBC Proms Walküre with Domingo, Meier, Terfel, and Gasteen. And yeah, I definitely second that motion.

    Alan

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    I have observed that conductors who are very good at Bruckner also excell at Wagner.....or is the other way around?
    (Solti, Karajan, Barenboim, Klemperer etc)



    Anyway one of the great Bruckner conductors Eugen Jochum does not have a Wagner Ring and I suspect he would be quite good......
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    yes, the Jochum's been my fav for years.

    maybe Szell or Walter.

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    Out of conductors now longer with us then to me Kleiber would be an obvious choice.

    I have heard Pappano conduct a live Ring and also heard him conduct Tristan. These were both of very high standards, particularly the Die Walkure.

    However I have heard Semyon Byckov conduct Lohengrin and Tannhauser with each performance being absolutely exquisite. In fact his performance of Tannhauser helped me re-evaluate the piece upwards in my own mind. This would therefore make me pick him.

    I would however stress that this is no criticism of Pappano who at the moment, in my book, is the best conductor of the core Italian repertoire today.

    Another outsider would be Esa-Pekka Salonen the director of the Philharmonia with his modern approach.

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    Should also add Giuseppe Sinopoli to the dream list of unrealized Rings......
    we are given a glimpse of what could have been with:


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    Toscanini.

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    Bruno Walter... but Leinsdorf's a good choice, too.

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    Klemperer or Bernstein
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    1. I wish Carlos Kleiber had accepted the Eurodisc offer for the Digital Studio ring. From that dreamy Janowski Ring I would only change Theo Adam and Marek Janowski.

    2. André Cluytens, even if it was from the Wiener Staatsoper. I think he is an underrated conductor at hte Bayreuth Golden Age.

    3. I add up to Otto Klemperer in a studio ring for Columbia with the Philharmonia Orchestra (Dieskau and Christa Ludwig!).

    4. Riccardo Muti??? I like his Verdi style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granate View Post
    1. I wish Carlos Kleiber had accepted the Eurodisc offer for the Digital Studio ring. From that dreamy Janowski Ring I would only change Theo Adam and Marek Janowski.

    2. André Cluytens, even if it was from the Wiener Staatsoper. I think he is an underrated conductor at hte Bayreuth Golden Age.

    3. I add up to Otto Klemperer in a studio ring for Columbia with the Philharmonia Orchestra (Dieskau and Christa Ludwig!).

    4. Riccardo Muti??? I like his Verdi style.
    I saw Muti's Goetterdaemerung at La Scala and it didn't leave me wishing I had heard him conduct the other three operas in the cycle.

    N.

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