View Poll Results: Which is your favorite recording of Wagner's Ring on CD?

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  • Solti

    12 36.36%
  • Karajan

    5 15.15%
  • Bohm

    3 9.09%
  • Krauss

    2 6.06%
  • Knappertsbusch '56

    0 0%
  • Keilberth '55

    2 6.06%
  • Furtwangler RAI

    2 6.06%
  • Furtwangler Scala

    0 0%
  • Barenboim

    1 3.03%
  • Boulez

    2 6.06%
  • Haitink

    1 3.03%
  • Levine

    1 3.03%
  • Keilberth '52

    0 0%
  • Keilberth '53

    1 3.03%
  • Other, right in

    1 3.03%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Revenant View Post
    This is true. One has to imagine how it really sounded. It requires an effort of the will, empathy with the past and imagination. Like trying to remember the light of a candle when the candle is out, like that strange photographer/math teacher wrote. But the Pristine remastering helps. A lot.
    The opera d oro and even newest Orfeo remasters of Krauss Ring pale in comparison to the sonic miracle of Pristine XR remaster with ambient stereo, expensive but there is nothing even close to it in sound quality......

    I usually buy the discs in slipcase and use my own jewelcases and print the artwork from website, result big savings of about 25%, complete Krauss Ring ambient stereo 117 euros......about the same price currently as Keilberth 1955 on Testament label
    Last edited by DarkAngel; May-26-2014 at 20:03.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    The opera d oro and even newest Orfeo remasters of Krauss Ring pale in comparison to the sonic miracle of Pristine XR remaster with ambient stereo, expensive but there is nothing even close to it in sound quality......

    I usually buy the discs in slipcase and use my own jewelcases and print the artwork from website, result big savings of about 25%, complete Krauss Ring ambient stereo 117 euros......about the same price currently as Keilberth 1955 on Testament label
    I must say it goes against the grain with me to buy such an elderly recording at full price especially as it is out of copyright now. We know the costs of remastering, etc, but this sort of price seems excessive. But no doubts about the performance. The best cast probably ever assembled post-war with a conductor who didn't dawdle. However, I must confess that even Krauss can't get me to love this music. Karajan and the BPO just about succeed (with some of it anyway) in spite of the weaker casting of some roles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    The opera d oro and even newest Orfeo remasters of Krauss Ring pale in comparison to the sonic miracle of Pristine XR remaster with ambient stereo, expensive but there is nothing even close to it in sound quality......

    I usually buy the discs in slipcase and use my own jewelcases and print the artwork from website, result big savings of about 25%, complete Krauss Ring ambient stereo 117 euros......about the same price currently as Keilberth 1955 on Testament label
    I also do the jewel case bit. No frills necessary.
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    Fundamentally this is virtually impossible to answer. Solti for aggressive drama, Karajan for beauty of sound, Furtwangler for the soul of the complete cycle and Barenboim for great modern sound. However I wouldn't be without Kraus 1953 or the Janowski first recording or the Furtwangler La Scala either. The ideal Ring probably only exists in each of our minds and would probably involve major cast changes act by act, never mind opera by opera!!

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    Can I add that even the most cack-handed opera production of the Ring cannot detract from the beauty of the music anyway so matter how wrong-headed the producer gets, the music always transcends it.

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    Love this topic. I'm obsessed with the Ring. I think I have 14 1/2 recordings (Gergiev being the 1/2). I think the three best are Solti, Keilberth 55 and Karajan. I couldn't live without them. Karajan's Walküre is magnificent, Keilberth's cast and conducting is near flawless and Solti's set is magnificent in that it presents the Ring is such a monumental way. I've avoided Krauss due to the sound. Not sure I can handle mono.

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    Other: Sawallisch 1989 Ring
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    Solti way ahead.
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    For Other, what about all the live 21st Century Rings? Are any of these worth having?








    Last edited by SixFootScowl; Oct-22-2019 at 04:08.
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    ^^

    Sebastian Weigle. Didn't listen to Haenchen. The first three are all badly sung but only Weigle's conducting and Frankfurt playing are lit.

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    ^^^^
    I haven't heard Young's or Weigle's, but they're both on Spotify.

    I've only heard Siegfried from Haenchen's, and it's decent enough to be worth hearing.

    The Thielemann Vienna set is pretty dreadful - there's a reason why it's sold for $30. He has the measure of the score, and the orchestra plays magnificently, but the singing is mostly atrocious. If you want a Thielemann RING, you're better off with the Bayreuth set from a few years earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granate View Post
    ^^

    Sebastian Weigle. Didn't listen to Haenchen. The first three are all badly sung but only Weigle's conducting and Frankfurt playing are lit.
    I think i have Weigle for Siegfried on CD.

    I am in the middle of Haenchen's on DVD and liking it a lot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    Other: Sawallisch 1989 Ring
    Well, I really can't pick a favorite. But out of the 13 complete Rings I own, my top three are Sawallisch 1989, Sawallisch 1968, and Levine 1988.
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    I like Solti, also the Karajan but I'd like to try some others. I haven't voted as I've only heard a few.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    Well, I really can't pick a favorite. But out of the 13 complete Rings I own, my top three are Sawallisch 1989, Sawallisch 1968, and Levine 1988.
    I think the DVD Levine set is better than the studio 1988 set.
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