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    As a background to my vote, I have the Solti, videos of Boulez & Levine I, Karajan's Walkure and the Goodall. I have also seen/heard some of Levine II/Luisi, Rattle and Solti/Behrens/Bayreuth. In addition I have been to a complete Ring cycle in Seattle with Rita Hunter & Alberto Remedios. My vote ... Goodall. I find it a bit slow at times and will admit that some aspects are better in others but it is still the most well thought out.

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    I vote this one in for sure then:

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    "if a horse could sing in a monotone, the horse would sound like Carly Simon, only a horse wouldn't rhyme 'yacht', 'apricot', and 'gavotte'. Is that some kind of joke?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by albertfallickwang View Post
    I vote this one in for sure then:

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    We're not voting on that one yet!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh!!!!

    You understand?????????????????????????????/
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Sorry... another Ring I will be voting in is the Pentatone cycle conducted by Janowski.

    And people hate it like no tomorrow. But it's great and wildly unpredictable. And of course Petra Lang is in it.
    "if a horse could sing in a monotone, the horse would sound like Carly Simon, only a horse wouldn't rhyme 'yacht', 'apricot', and 'gavotte'. Is that some kind of joke?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by albertfallickwang View Post
    I vote this one in for sure then:

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    This is our list of most recommended operas

    You will have to wait awhile before we get to Fidelio - it's no. 33
    Ann

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    Quote Originally Posted by albertfallickwang View Post
    Sorry... another Ring I will be voting in is the Pentatone cycle conducted by Janowski.

    And people hate it like no tomorrow. But it's great and wildly unpredictable. And of course Petra Lang is in it.
    One vote only please..............
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    One vote only please..............
    Sorry, okay then, I will stick to the Solti Ring then.
    "if a horse could sing in a monotone, the horse would sound like Carly Simon, only a horse wouldn't rhyme 'yacht', 'apricot', and 'gavotte'. Is that some kind of joke?"
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    Is this a simultaneous DVD and CD boxed set vote? I don't have a vote for either at this point but am following these posts (in particular the DVD end of things) as the older 100 is now several years old and am eager to see some of the newer productions (based on your recommendations of course).

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    Of the Rings I have:

    Krauss is superbly cast and conducted but the sound is dated

    Bohm is frankly rather monochromatic - sounds just like a run through

    Janowski 1 is well conducted with a generally good cast and a superb Dresden orchestra - Altmeyer's Brunnhilde lets the side down a bit

    Karajan's Ring is something special - superbly conducted and played by the BPO. Alright it is under cast in places but who cares as the main attraction of Wagner imo lies in the orchestra. So my choice is Karajan - he brings me nearest to loving this music rather than just admiring it.

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    Just to add that whatever complete Ring you have you ought to complement it with the famous Act 1 Walkure with Lehmann and Melchior.

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    Marek Janowski and Dresden Staatskapelle (with the best company of great Wagnerian singers)

    Das Rheingold:

    Christian Vogel, Siegmund Nimsgern, Karl-Heinz Stryczek, Peter Schreier, Matti Salminen, Lucia Popp, Theo Adam, Uta Priew, Yvonne Minton, Roland Bracht, Eberhard Buchner, Marita Napier

    Die Walküre:

    Jessye Norman, Ruth Falcon, Eva-Maria Bundschuh, Siegfried Jerusalem, Kurt Moll, Theo Adam, Cheryl Studer, Uta Priew, Yvonne Minton, Jeannine Altmeyer, Christel Borchers

    Siegfried:

    Siegmund Nimsgern, Norma Sharp, Peter Schreier, Matti Salminen, Rene Kollo, Theo Adam, Jeannine Altmeyer

    Die Götterdämmerung:

    Hans Gunther Nocker, Siegmund Nimsgern, Norma Sharp, Matti Salminen, Ruth Falcon, Rene Kollo, Lucia Popp, Uta Priew, Daphne Evangelatos, Jeannine Altmeyer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Il_Penseroso View Post
    Marek Janowski and Dresden Staatskapelle (with the best company of great Wagnerian singers)

    Das Rheingold:

    Christian Vogel, Siegmund Nimsgern, Karl-Heinz Stryczek, Peter Schreier, Matti Salminen, Lucia Popp, Theo Adam, Uta Priew, Yvonne Minton, Roland Bracht, Eberhard Buchner, Marita Napier

    Die Walküre:

    Jessye Norman, Ruth Falcon, Eva-Maria Bundschuh, Siegfried Jerusalem, Kurt Moll, Theo Adam, Cheryl Studer, Uta Priew, Yvonne Minton, Jeannine Altmeyer, Christel Borchers

    Siegfried:

    Siegmund Nimsgern, Norma Sharp, Peter Schreier, Matti Salminen, Rene Kollo, Theo Adam, Jeannine Altmeyer

    Die Götterdämmerung:

    Hans Gunther Nocker, Siegmund Nimsgern, Norma Sharp, Matti Salminen, Ruth Falcon, Rene Kollo, Lucia Popp, Uta Priew, Daphne Evangelatos, Jeannine Altmeyer

    You certainly can't go wrong with Janowski and it's very well priced on Amazon. Excellent for someone who wants to try this music.

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    I'd like to add my DVD recommendation, in case we decide we can do both here:



    The Boulez/Chereau 1976 Bayreuth production (filmed in 1980)

    I already know some won't agree with my choice... but I still hope some others will do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    This is our list of most recommended operas

    You will have to wait awhile before we get to Fidelio - it's no. 33
    Even though it ought to be no. 1 (especially with Kaufmann!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Even though it ought to be no. 1 (especially with Kaufmann!)


    I've got to wait until No.49
    Ann

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