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

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  • Solti

    10 34.48%
  • Karajan

    4 13.79%
  • Bohm

    3 10.34%
  • Krauss

    2 6.90%
  • Knappertsbusch '56

    0 0%
  • Keilberth '55

    2 6.90%
  • Furtwangler RAI

    2 6.90%
  • Furtwangler Scala

    0 0%
  • Barenboim

    1 3.45%
  • Boulez

    2 6.90%
  • Haitink

    1 3.45%
  • Levine

    1 3.45%
  • Keilberth '52

    0 0%
  • Keilberth '53

    0 0%
  • Other, right in

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    Question Which is your favorite recording of Wagner's Ring on CD?

    The critics always pick Solti.
    What say you?
    Agree? Disagree?
    Take into account performance AND sound please.
    The whole package.
    Last edited by Itullian; May-07-2014 at 04:51.
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    Karajan is the one I go to. So beautifully conducted and played with the BPO absolutely at its peak. True the singers are not always the strongest but HvK seems to make it work. The recording is superb.
    By the side of this Solti's is somewhat crude and Bohm's relentless. I also don't like recordings made at Bayreuth, despite the raves the acoustic gets from the press.
    One you have missed out is Janowski's first attempt which is very well sung, played and recorded, missing only an ounce of theatricality. It is rumoured the conductor was originally going to be C Kleiber - now that would have been something!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Karajan is the one I go to. So beautifully conducted and played with the BPO absolutely at its peak. True the singers are not always the strongest but HvK seems to make it work. The recording is superb.
    By the side of this Solti's is somewhat crude and Bohm's relentless. I also don't like recordings made at Bayreuth, despite the raves the acoustic gets from the press.
    One you have missed out is Janowski's first attempt which is very well sung, played and recorded, missing only an ounce of theatricality. It is rumoured the conductor was originally going to be C Kleiber - now that would have been something!
    So click Karajan then
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    I always feel terrible saying I really don't like Solti in anything I have heard. Keilberth is probably the best recording I have heard of the Ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    So click Karajan then
    I did but I forgot to press the 'vote' button!

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    For finesse and beauty- Karajan.

    For high drama?- Keilberth.

    For the singers?- Solti.

    -- So how could I chose one?- that wouldn't be generous. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha.
    Last edited by Marschallin Blair; May-07-2014 at 13:59.
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    I think it depends on how to weight the recordings.
    If you prefer a studio recording...easy. Solti.
    If it's all about the ensemble...Keilberth '55
    Conducting/orchestra...Bohm
    Audio that exploits the advantages of a digital world....Barenboim.

    I lean towards Solti for the phonics.
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    The Solti Ring makes for a thrilling listening experience, and is by all counts an astounding achievement. Not only the singers, but the bold theatricality of the project; John Culshaw's vision of a dynamic, aurally dramatic experience and his desire to bring sounds and scenes to life like never before -- the call of the vassals in Götterdämmerung using the steerhorn always sends chills up my spine. That said, my number one choice is Keilberth '55 for the extraordinarily vivid sound, the atmosphere and presence that instantly compels attention, and a fresh and commanding cast.

    So Keilberth '55 my first choice, Solti a close runner-up, and others like Janowski, Karajan and Barenboim definitely worth hearing as well.

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    I voted for Haitink's version, which has my favorite Siegfried (Jerusalem) and preferred Wotan (James Morris), plus Reiner Goldberg and Cheryl Studer as the Wälsung twins, both of whom I really enjoy listening to. I also like Eva Marton's Brünnhilde reasonably well. But then there's the Barenboim, with Jerusalem and the wonderful Dame Anne Evans as Brünnhilde . . .

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    It used to be the Keilberth '55 for me, but now with my new, remastered Krauss...
    "No preluding! Piano pianissimo -- then all will be well." (Posted in the orchestra pit on August 13, 1876)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revenant View Post
    It used to be the Keilberth '55 for me, but now with my new, remastered Krauss...
    I'll have to check it out. . . I mean if the '55 Keilberth/Bayreuth was your standard. . . and that was exceeded by the Krauss?. . . and I love the Keilberth too-- then I have to get to know the Krauss. Definately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Revenant View Post
    It used to be the Keilberth '55 for me, but now with my new, remastered Krauss...
    The Krauss is an astounding performance but I do feel that The Ring needs sonics that weren't available back in the early 50s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    The Krauss is an astounding performance but I do feel that The Ring needs sonics that weren't available back in the early 50s.
    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.
    "No preluding! Piano pianissimo -- then all will be well." (Posted in the orchestra pit on August 13, 1876)

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    I know we're supposed to include consideration of sound, but to me the overall cast quality and the interpretive, theatrical vision of the conductor make me pick the Krauss above all of them, with the Keilberth and Furtwängler RAI as my preferred backups. I can live with the sound in the Krauss, though for me the bigger nit to pick with that is not so much the fidelity (which is not bad for early 1950s) as the voice/orchestra balance.

    It's also not a perfect (as in studio) performance by any means--but the fact that this is apparently done in one go (none of the references talk of any sort of rehearsal patchings in the recording that's survived) is all the more remarkable to me.

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    Solti's ring in a big fat box of 14 discs

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