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    i recently purchased wagner's ring cycle w/janowski/dresden. it's a little lighter than what i'm used to. i like it quite a bit. anyone else have experience with this recording?

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    Hi again, DJ (and everybody): I first became familiar with Janowski's interpretations via the Tannhauser music in the sound-track to the film Meeting Venus. I came away with a favorable impression.
    Subsequently, I've listened to excerpts from the Janowski Ring included as a part of Thomas May's book Decoding Wagner. I found that the quality of the recording was less variable than the quality of the book. Janowski's interpretation might be a revelation to those who (mistakenly) view Wagner as a mass of blare and bombast. However (I hasten to add), if you care about Wagner enough to purchase The Ring complete, you're probably already aware of Wagner's capacities for subtlety. For my part, I feel like Marek dials it back a little too far.

    I hope that my words won't dissuade anyone predisposed to making the Janowski purchase from doing so. Not many would say that it's the best Ring on the market, but one could make a strong case that it's unbeatable on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Glad you're liking the work, DJ!
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    solti/vpo makes the entrance into valhalla a bit more to my bombastic taste! but overall, i still like janowski.

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