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    Yeah, have to say he looks like a Norse God to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    The foundation stone of any 50s Bayreuth Wagner collection, the greatest singers in best sound available (live stereo), the packaging and booklet very nice......each sleeve has unique BW performance photo!

    I am listening to Siegfried out of this set, and darn, I want it! I used to think Solti was the best Ring ever, but this is even better. This is architeUtonic. The voices, especially Hans Hotter as Wotan, sound as if they were some kind of natural forces. Sheer controlled barbarism... It is quite expensive though. I will have to ask my fiance to make it a wedding present - give the words "wedding ring" an entire new meaning
    ... yet for us will still remain the holy German art... (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SiegendesLicht View Post
    I am listening to Siegfried out of this set, and darn, I want it! I used to think Solti was the best Ring ever, but this is even better. This is architeUtonic. The voices, especially Hans Hotter as Wotan, sound as if they were some kind of natural forces. Sheer controlled barbarism... It is quite expensive though. I will have to ask my fiance to make it a wedding present - give the words "wedding ring" an entire new meaning
    My wife got me tickets to see the Ring in person as an engagement Ring.

    She was quite happy to not go herself, though she did stop in the house and was able to see the end of Das Rheingold on the screens in the lobby. And after Götterdämmerung, she met me at Valhalla a pub on the walk home from the opera house. [It's still there! This one hasn't burnt down at all].

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiegendesLicht View Post
    I am listening to Siegfried out of this set, and darn, I want it! I used to think Solti was the best Ring ever, but this is even better. This is architeUtonic. The voices, especially Hans Hotter as Wotan, sound as if they were some kind of natural forces. Sheer controlled barbarism... It is quite expensive though. I will have to ask my fiance to make it a wedding present - give the words "wedding ring" an entire new meaning
    The Testament Ring Cycle (in stereo) was a game changer in my Wagner listening experience. It is worth the expense, Presto U.K. periodically has some nice deals on their testament selections so that might be the place to find a good deal. I feel there's a certain magic in the live recordings that is hard to translate to the studio.

    A true gem from the Golden Age!
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    To those who for even a second hesitate in taking glorious journey to hall of the gods Valhalla, here are the individual CD sleeves for 55 Keilberth Ring boxset plus the two extra operas from 2nd 55 Ring not in the Testament boxset.......you will not regret, essential buy buy buy
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    Finally got some space to listen after four months at a new job - queuing up 1958 - oh the sound is glorious!

    And, oh yes, ^^^ everyone should own the Testament even if it means beans and rice for a month.
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    No, I do not think it will have to be THAT bad

    I have just listened to Götterdämmerung from the same set on YouTube. What should I say? It is fantastic. The clarity from the orchestra is amazing, I hear things in the music that I have never paid attention to before. Hagen sounds as if he could single-handedly beat up a couple Roman legions. The duet of Siegfried and Brünhilde in the prologue is pure passion. The funeral march is... the best word I can use for it is ruthless - like cold hard steel. And the finale feels as if a tornado has just passed by me. I think I have found the One Ring to rule them all...
    ... yet for us will still remain the holy German art... (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)
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    Just picked up a Living Stereo LP of Eileen Farrell singing Wagner - might be interesting

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    It's almost Christmas time!

    Ordered!!!

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    Has it arrived yet?
    Has it arrived yet?
    Has it arrived yet?
    ..... you know the feeling...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Azol View Post
    It's almost Christmas time!

    Ordered!!!

    81kNnpWzonL._SL1476_.jpg

    51ZwFt6nwsL.jpg

    Has it arrived yet?
    Has it arrived yet?
    Has it arrived yet?
    ..... you know the feeling...
    That '53 is dope! All around stupendous cast and conducting! It'll be a Merry Christmas for you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Azol View Post
    It's almost Christmas time!

    Ordered!!!

    81kNnpWzonL._SL1476_.jpg

    51ZwFt6nwsL.jpg

    Has it arrived yet?
    Has it arrived yet?
    Has it arrived yet?
    ..... you know the feeling...
    The Golden Ring is, for me, one of those documentaries that just makes you want to close the doors for fifteen hours and listen to Solti's Ring cycle from the Rhine's first murmurings to its final overwhelming destruction of Valhalla. Quite excellent.
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    Hi All,
    It's been awhile since I last posted on this thread, even though I do still lurk on occasion....
    Just wanted to let everyone know that over the past year I worked on a completely new from scratch remix of the '53 Krauss Bayreuth Ring. I went back to my source files for this one, using new software for generating equalization and ambience and track splitting. I've also decided to scrap the mp3 files and have done this one in lossless FLAC format, so it will be a bigger file size. This should eliminate any problems with mp3 gaps in playback. But I've still divided the operas into CD-length folders for those who might want to put them on CD-ROMs. Just note that with Siegfried and Götterdämmerung I've split their first Acts into two shorter disk folders, so that Acts Two and Three for each can be written complete onto a single disk. I also was able to restore the opening bars (with the drumroll) in Siegfried that are missing on many past commercial releases.

    The download link for the entire cycle is here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0By...k4YjVjMDU3NzMx

    After doing this remix, I did some brief comparisons with my copy of the Pristine remastering, and mine is a tad more conservative in its approach, as I didn't try to brighten the sound as much. OTOH, there were some obvious spots in the source files where I tried to reverse some of the dynamic compression inherent in the original sound, though I didn't try to do this across the entire 15+ hours.

    In any case, if you don't already own a copy of this justly famous cycle and want to sample it before committing to buying the Pristine or other commercial release, or for any other reason, it's free to download. Let me know if you have any problems or comments. Thanks,

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    The Golden Ring is, for me, one of those documentaries that just makes you want to close the doors for fifteen hours and listen to Solti's Ring cycle from the Rhine's first murmurings to its final overwhelming destruction of Valhalla. Quite excellent.
    <sigh> another add to the "buy list".... thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill H. View Post
    Hi All,
    It's been awhile since I last posted on this thread, even though I do still lurk on occasion....
    Just wanted to let everyone know that over the past year I worked on a completely new from scratch remix of the '53 Krauss Bayreuth Ring. I went back to my source files for this one, using new software for generating equalization and ambience and track splitting. I've also decided to scrap the mp3 files and have done this one in lossless FLAC format, so it will be a bigger file size. This should eliminate any problems with mp3 gaps in playback. But I've still divided the operas into CD-length folders for those who might want to put them on CD-ROMs. Just note that with Siegfried and Götterdämmerung I've split their first Acts into two shorter disk folders, so that Acts Two and Three for each can be written complete onto a single disk. I also was able to restore the opening bars (with the drumroll) in Siegfried that are missing on many past commercial releases.

    The download link for the entire cycle is here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0By...k4YjVjMDU3NzMx

    After doing this remix, I did some brief comparisons with my copy of the Pristine remastering, and mine is a tad more conservative in its approach, as I didn't try to brighten the sound as much. OTOH, there were some obvious spots in the source files where I tried to reverse some of the dynamic compression inherent in the original sound, though I didn't try to do this across the entire 15+ hours.

    In any case, if you don't already own a copy of this justly famous cycle and want to sample it before committing to buying the Pristine or other commercial release, or for any other reason, it's free to download. Let me know if you have any problems or comments. Thanks,

    Bill
    Again, much thanks for this Bill. A rather nice Christmas present for us all.
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    My little Christmas treat to myself arrived today. Knappertsbusch's Munich 1963 Lohengrin.
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