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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    I have this one, do you own it also?
    I sold mine a couple of years ago. It was the first Ring cycle I ever owned but I never play my vinyl now and I got £150 when I sold it. That bought me a lot of good music!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    I sold mine a couple of years ago. It was the first Ring cycle I ever owned but I never play my vinyl now and I got £150 when I sold it. That bought me a lot of good music!
    I've got mine from my godfather," better now then after my death he said "

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I have that edition. It's one of my most prized possessions; sumptuous and filled with wonderful treasures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    There are a couple of these on Ebay for about $7-9 more than I paid, but I just do not like the packaging on this set:


    As for the 2-CD intro. I am terrible at paying attention to narrative on CD. I have to read to pay attention.
    It's the best sounding remaster though..................
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    It's the best sounding remaster though..................
    It appears debatable whether the 1997 or 2012 remaster is better. This may be partly due to older ears doing the compares (so I fit right in). This Amazon Reviewer has gone through all the remasters and various sets with a fine toothed comb and is worth a read along with the comments on his review. See the review here. It seems that the very best sound comes from the Blu Ray edition.

    The fancy set does come with a lot of great extras. Too bad they may the packaging butt ugly! But it also is extremely bulky, so even had I not hit the buy button, I would still get the set I have on order. I will also check out a book on the Ring from my library.

    This is what I bought (1997 remaster):


    I also ordered the Levine DVD ring set.
    So now I am ready to RING in the New Year as they all are to arrive on 28 December:
    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; Dec-19-2016 at 18:41.
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    Hey, what is going on here? I see a different Levine Ring and it looks like it might be a great one. Anybody know about this one?

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008ER9QKG
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    They are different productions. The first one was filmed in 1989-1990. Levine actually conducted all of those. Directed by Otto Schenk, with sets by Günther Schneider-Siemsen. The approach was very literal, conventional, and it's really the only cycle available on video done this way.

    The latter is the newer cycle, filmed 2010-2012. Robert LePage directed. This was done with a single set for the entire cycle, with 24 movable planks, aka The Machine. James Levine was supposed to conduct/work with the singers for the full cycle, but he had to step down and never conducted the latter two; Fabio Luisi took over. Some complained that LePage had some interesting ideas on how to use it for some of the early operas/certain scenes, but it was just in the way of the singers at other times. Other than the Machine it's quite a traditional approach, there's no concept or anything; the actual direction, costuming, etc. is just as literal as the Schenk Ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    It appears debatable whether the 1997 or 2012 remaster is better. This may be partly due to older ears doing the compares (so I fit right in). This Amazon Reviewer has gone through all the remasters and various sets with a fine toothed comb and is worth a read along with the comments on his review. See the review here. It seems that the very best sound comes from the Blu Ray edition.

    The fancy set does come with a lot of great extras. Too bad they may the packaging butt ugly! But it also is extremely bulky, so even had I not hit the buy button, I would still get the set I have on order. I will also check out a book on the Ring from my library.

    This is what I bought (1997 remaster):


    I also ordered the Levine DVD ring set.
    So now I am ready to RING in the New Year as they all are to arrive on 28 December:
    A few years ago I discoverd this forum by accident.What was I looking for?
    I was curious or there was any diffenrence in the different editions .I did not buy a new set thanks to mr. bigshot.
    There was a minor diffence between the first and second after the so.called dehissing,noticable only in Rheingold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    It appears debatable whether the 1997 or 2012 remaster is better. This may be partly due to older ears doing the compares (so I fit right in). This Amazon Reviewer has gone through all the remasters and various sets with a fine toothed comb and is worth a read along with the comments on his review. See the review here. It seems that the very best sound comes from the Blu Ray edition.

    The fancy set does come with a lot of great extras. Too bad they may the packaging butt ugly! But it also is extremely bulky, so even had I not hit the buy button, I would still get the set I have on order. I will also check out a book on the Ring from my library.

    This is what I bought (1997 remaster):


    I also ordered the Levine DVD ring set.
    So now I am ready to RING in the New Year as they all are to arrive on 28 December:
    Congratulations Florestan, great music and 2 great versions!! Enjoy!!
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    This Diamond Ring - Gary Lewis and the Playboys
    Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
    Ring, Ring - Abba
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    Let It Ring - Alvin and the Chipmunks

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    I have found 19 different complete Rings on Spotify. There are another 6 where there are three of the four operas.

    I am forming a plan to listen to them all in 2017. Hmmm. That's only one every two weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Congratulations Florestan, great music and 2 great versions!! Enjoy!!
    It is totally awesome to think of a 15 hour opera. Sure, it is four operas, but really it can easily be considered one great big 15-hour opera. No opera buff should ignore something this monumental!
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    Floristan, if you're near Ann Arbor you might check out the used record store, always have lots of Wagner there.

    I just picked up a Goodall LP Ring highlights this morning
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    Quote Originally Posted by Admiral View Post
    Floristan, if you're near Ann Arbor you might check out the used record store, always have lots of Wagner there.

    I just picked up a Goodall LP Ring highlights this morning
    Don't get out there much but for concerts at Hill Auditorium. If I do I'll have to look up used record/CD stores.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Hey, what is going on here? I see a different Levine Ring and it looks like it might be a great one. Anybody know about this one?

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008ER9QKG
    The DVD is his ( Levine) second recording.
    Luisi did the last two.
    Last edited by Pugg; Dec-20-2016 at 13:43.

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