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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Might have to redo my list after my current Ring binge.
    I have the same problem. Incidentally none of my five favourite Ring cycles would be going to a desert island with me. What I would take is the Solti studio one. The reason being that it was the first one i bought and the first one I ever heard so it has a place in my heart. Over the last 45 years I have recognised its shortcomings but it's still a thrilling experience. Let me take you back to 1969. I am twenty and have just discovered Wagner. I have bought the Solti Tannhauser and have decided that I need to hear everything else. I live in a small village about forty miles from my nearest city and a half-decent record store. I travel to this store one Saturday and on the shelf is the big wooden case of Solti's Ring. It is $70, about the equivalent of about a weeks wages to me back then but I have to have it. I carry it on the bus back home and prepare to immerse myself in Wagner's sound world for the next two nights. Monday night and I am about to listen to the last album, number 6, of Gotterdammerung. The culmination of what has been a mind-blowing experience. I reach for disc 6. Imagine my chagrin to discover that some dolt at Decca had put in two copies of Disc 5, but no Disc 6. Two weeks later, after contacting Decca, I had Disc 6 and all was well with the world. Hence the special resonance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allanmcf View Post
    I have the same problem. Incidentally none of my five favourite Ring cycles would be going to a desert island with me. What I would take is the Solti studio one. The reason being that it was the first one i bought and the first one I ever heard so it has a place in my heart. Over the last 45 years I have recognised its shortcomings but it's still a thrilling experience. Let me take you back to 1969. I am twenty and have just discovered Wagner. I have bought the Solti Tannhauser and have decided that I need to hear everything else. I live in a small village about forty miles from my nearest city and a half-decent record store. I travel to this store one Saturday and on the shelf is the big wooden case of Solti's Ring. It is $70, about the equivalent of about a weeks wages to me back then but I have to have it. I carry it on the bus back home and prepare to immerse myself in Wagner's sound world for the next two nights. Monday night and I am about to listen to the last album, number 6, of Gotterdammerung. The culmination of what has been a mind-blowing experience. I reach for disc 6. Imagine my chagrin to discover that some dolt at Decca had put in two copies of Disc 5, but no Disc 6. Two weeks later, after contacting Decca, I had Disc 6 and all was well with the world. Hence the special resonance.
    I like your story. Mine has some striking similarities with your, although in a very different setting. Only Ring in USSR when I was twenty was from Furthwängler, pressed by state Melodiya company. Nothing to compare with, and I do not understand why, but I didn't like it. Maybe it was too early for me in that age. First time Wagner hooked me was with Solti Tannhäuser (the same as yours) - Decca LP set was sent to my my friend from his american relatives by mail, together with Karajan's Der Rosenkavalier on EMI. And, the first Ring I was flabbergasted with was again from Solti many years after. So, the essence of my experience is somewhat similar to yours. Still do not like Rings by Furthwängler. My top is Solti, Krauss, Keilberth 55 and 52, Knappertsbush 56, Karajan, Barenboim. I like live Thielemann too.

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    Don't disagree with any of your choices. I have only heard bits of the Thielemann. I have the 2007 and 2008 Rings but haven't had a chance to sit down and listen to them yet. I have a very good live Karajan from the Salzburg Festival spread over four years. One opera per year!
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    Karajan would never be my desert island Ring. Still, I'd like to hear it sometime when I want really pretty, schmaltzy sound from the band, and in some cases I do. Not often, but.

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    Has anyone heard the Reginald Goodall Ring Cycle in English? What do you think about it?
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    Heard it, didn't like it. I want Wagner in German. I also think the level of singing in the Solti is better.
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    I love Wagner in German too, but if the English one is very good, I am also open to other possibilities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SiegendesLicht View Post
    Has anyone heard the Reginald Goodall Ring Cycle in English? What do you think about it?
    It has been raved about but it is very slow. Some good singing though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiegendesLicht View Post
    I love Wagner in German too, but if the English one is very good, I am also open to other possibilities.
    How about a historical Bayreuth Ring? With the classic voices.
    The Knappertsbusch '57 is a great one and very inexpensive.
    Just sayin'

    The English doesn't bother me as I can't understand it anyway

    Did you know that Wagner encouraged it be performed in other languages so that everyone could enjoy it? No subtitles then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SiegendesLicht View Post
    Has anyone heard the Reginald Goodall Ring Cycle in English? What do you think about it?
    Yes, I have. The cast are exemplary and the Andrew Porter translation is very good. The slower pace doesn't bother me much because the singing and acting is so good.
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    In the last few months I have acquired some truely great 1950s Bayreuth Rings very cheap, still fully digesting them but at least one and maybe more belong in my top 5 Ring list........

    1952 Keilberth Bayreuth - Myto label
    1957 Knappy Bayreuth - Walhall Eternity label
    1958 Knappy Bayreuth - Walhall Eternity label
    1960 Kempe Bayreuth - Myto label

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    They are unbelievable buys DA.
    I'm stunned at the performances and sound.
    I am rethinking my list as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    In the last few months I have acquired some truely great 1950s Bayreuth Rings very cheap, still fully digesting them but at least one and maybe more belong in my top 5 Ring list........

    1952 Keilberth Bayreuth - Myto label
    1957 Knappy Bayreuth - Walhall Eternity label
    1958 Knappy Bayreuth - Walhall Eternity label
    1960 Kempe Bayreuth - Myto label
    Where's the '53 Keilberth?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Where's the '53 Keilberth?
    I have the Siegfried from 1953 Keilberth not the complete Ring......no cheap way to buy that Ring (so far)

    I have owned the 1953 Krauss Ring for some time now but not Keilberth

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    I only have the Siegfried from 1953 Keilberth not the complete Ring......no cheap way to buy that Ring (so far)
    I know, I was just kidding
    I'll let you know if I see it reissued.
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