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  • Barenboim: Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra (1991 live recording)

    4 6.35%
  • Böhm: Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra (1966/67 live recording)

    4 6.35%
  • Boulez: Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra (1980 live recording)

    1 1.59%
  • Furtwängler: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome, Italian Radio Chorus Rome (1953 live recording)

    1 1.59%
  • Furtwängler: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra & Chorus (1950 live recording)

    4 6.35%
  • Goodall: Sadlers Wells Opera Orchestra, English National Opera Chorus (in English)

    2 3.17%
  • Haitink: Bavarian Radio Chorus, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

    0 0%
  • Janowski: Staatskapelle Dresden, Dresden State Opera Chorus

    1 1.59%
  • Karajan: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus

    4 6.35%
  • Keilberth: Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra (1955 live recording)

    12 19.05%
  • Knappertsbusch: Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra (1956 live recording)

    2 3.17%
  • Krauss: Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra (1953 live recording)

    1 1.59%
  • Levine: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus

    0 0%
  • Solti: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus

    23 36.51%
  • Other

    4 6.35%
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    I have enjoyed all the Rings I've listened to, Karajan, Bohm, Haitink. I also like the "Copenhagen Ring" DVD, which plays with the story to make it more Brunhilde friendly. It's a liberty, but a smaller liberty than some of the version that transpose the story to an entirely different place and time.

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    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! This is one of the best Rings I have ever heard on CD. However, because of the less than stellar sound quality (it's not really bad, and may be more of poor recording technique than overall sound quality), I and because Behrens is my main Brunnhllde, It will have to reside in second place after the 1989 Sawallisch set.

    Now my favorites list goes like this:

    1. Sawallisch 1989
    2. Krauss 1953
    3. Levine 1989
    4. Barenboim

    BTW, I bought this set for $6 shipped, but am using the tracks a TC member remastered.


    Up next: Janowski (Dresden)

    Still to go: Furtwangler (Italian Radio 1953), Solti, and Swarowsky.

    So one question. If Krauss is so good, I hear that Keilberth 1953 is even better, but is it worth buying a copy?
    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; Oct-20-2019 at 00:16.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! This is one of the best Rings I have ever heard on CD. However, because of the less than stellar sound quality (it's not really bad, and may be more of poor recording technique than overall sound quality), I and because Behrens is my main Brunnhllde, It will have to reside in second place after the 1989 Sawallisch set.

    Now my favorites list goes like this:

    1. Sawallisch 1989
    2. Krauss 1953
    3. Levine 1989
    4. Barenboim

    BTW, I bought this set for $6 shipped, but am using the tracks a TC member remastered.


    Up next: Janowski (Dresden)

    Still to go: Furtwangler (Italian Radio 1953), Solti, and Swarowsky.

    So one question. If Krauss is so good, I hear that Keilberth 1953 is even better, but is it worth buying a copy?
    Don't forget 1957 Knappertsbusch. Excellent sound for a live recording.

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    I have the 1956 Knappertsbusch on Orfeo. I think the sound is stellar.



    Is there any significance difference in quality between the '56 and '57 performances?
    Last edited by Byron; Oct-21-2019 at 15:50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byron View Post
    Is there any significance difference in quality between the '56 and '57 performances?
    Yes - Bernd Aldenhoff sings the young Siegfried in 1957, and he's a serious deficit compared to Windgassen in 1956. Windgassen also sings Siegmund in 1956, with Vinay taking the role in 1957 - that's more of a toss-up.

    Uhde sings Gunther in 1957, and I assume that he's an improvement over Otto Wiener in 1958. For whatever reason, the 1957 Gotterdammerung is tough to find.

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    Hey, what's up with this Ring cycle? Anyone have it? What do you think?
    www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005YUJW/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Hey, what's up with this Ring cycle? Anyone have it? What do you think?
    www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005YUJW/
    I haven't heard it, but Gotterdammerung is on Spotify. I suspect that it's a recording worth hearing once, but not more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! This is one of the best Rings I have ever heard on CD. However, because of the less than stellar sound quality (it's not really bad, and may be more of poor recording technique than overall sound quality), I and because Behrens is my main Brunnhllde, It will have to reside in second place after the 1989 Sawallisch set.

    Now my favorites list goes like this:

    1. Sawallisch 1989
    2. Krauss 1953
    3. Levine 1989
    4. Barenboim

    BTW, I bought this set for $6 shipped, but am using the tracks a TC member remastered.


    Up next: Janowski (Dresden)

    Still to go: Furtwangler (Italian Radio 1953), Solti, and Swarowsky.

    So one question. If Krauss is so good, I hear that Keilberth 1953 is even better, but is it worth buying a copy?
    Krauss is a very highly regarded set with a conductor in the swift mode who would probably have been the conductor for the Decca Ring had not he died somewhat prematurely. The cast is mainly excellent but of course the recording quality is not all it might be and if like me you regard the orchestra as the main attraction then it comes in second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    I haven't heard it, but Gotterdammerung is on Spotify. I suspect that it's a recording worth hearing once, but not more...
    Oh, kind of like the Neuhold Ring, eh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Oh, kind of like the Neuhold Ring, eh.
    Exactly..........

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    Janowski Dresden Ring from this set:


    Janowski's ring is fine but does not really do it for me. It seems to have too much "studio" and not enough life that one gets from a good live recording. So my favorites remain:
    1. Sawallisch 1989
    2. Krauss 1953
    3. Levine 1989
    4. Barenboim

    Next up: Furtwangler 1953
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! This is one of the best Rings I have ever heard on CD. However, because of the less than stellar sound quality (it's not really bad, and may be more of poor recording technique than overall sound quality), I and because Behrens is my main Brunnhllde, It will have to reside in second place after the 1989 Sawallisch set.

    Now my favorites list goes like this:

    1. Sawallisch 1989
    2. Krauss 1953
    3. Levine 1989
    4. Barenboim

    BTW, I bought this set for $6 shipped, but am using the tracks a TC member remastered.


    Up next: Janowski (Dresden)

    Still to go: Furtwangler (Italian Radio 1953), Solti, and Swarowsky.

    So one question. If Krauss is so good, I hear that Keilberth 1953 is even better, but is it worth buying a copy?
    YES, YES, YES!

    (It's my favourite Ring!)

    Nick

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    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! This is one of the best Rings I have ever heard on CD. I think it will have to be ahead of Krauss in my favorites list:

    1. Sawallisch 1989
    2. Furtwangler 1953
    3. Krauss 1953
    4. Levine 1989
    5. Barenboim


    Now for Swarowsky, then Solti and I am done. Frankly I think the above favorites list will not change in content, but maybe in order.
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    I cannot recommend this recording beyond a one-time listen. Not sure why I had so much zeal for it initially when I obtained it early in 2017, but it will not be on my favorites list.


    Last up: Solti.
    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; Oct-26-2019 at 15:10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    I cannot recommend this recording [Swarowsky] beyond a one-time listen. Not sure why I had so much zeal for it initially when I obtained it early in 2017, but it will not be on my favorites list.
    I agree. Because it sounds exactly like what it was - a hastily recorded, under-rehearsed production, with singers and and orchestra that seemed to be sight-reading.

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