View Poll Results: Favorite Ring Cycles (vote for as many as you like)

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  • Pierre Boulez, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, 1980

    18 60.00%
  • James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, 1990

    15 50.00%
  • Daniel Barenboim, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, 1991–1992

    10 33.33%
  • Bertrand de Billy, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, 2003–2004

    0 0%
  • Hartmut Haenchen, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, 2006

    0 0%
  • Zubin Mehta, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, 2007–2009

    2 6.67%
  • James Levine/Luisi, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, 2010-12. ​ "The Machine"

    7 23.33%
  • Sebastian Weigle,Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, 2012

    0 0%
  • Daniel Barenboim, Teatro la Scala (Guy Cassiers) ​ ​2013

    3 10.00%
  • Roberto Paternostro, Teatro Colon Orchestra, 2013 "Colon Ring"

    0 0%
  • Michael Schønwandt, Royal Danish Orchestra, 2006 "Copenhagen Ring"​

    6 20.00%
  • Lothar Zagrosek, Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2004

    0 0%
  • Carl St Clair, Staatskapelle Weimar 2009

    0 0%
  • Roman Brogli-Sacher, Philharmonische Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck, 2010/11

    0 0%
  • Lothar Zagrosek, Stuttgart Ring of 2002

    0 0%
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    Default Favorite DVD Ring Cycles--Vote Here

    You can select as many of these DVD cycles as you wish. If it is a Ring DVD cycle that you like, vote for it. You don't have to own it to vote for it.

    There is not an "Other" category because I found enough DVD Ring Cycles to fill the maximum of 15 selections.

    If you have another, let us know about it anyway.
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    Pierre Boulez, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, 1980–1981
    James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, 1990

    In that order also.

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    My top 3 would be
    1. Bayreuth 1991 - 1992, Barenboim/ Kupfer
    Probably the best musical performance on DVD.
    2. Metropolitan Opera, 1990, Levine/ Schenk
    Mostly for the excellent sets and costumes.
    3. Bayreuth, 1980 - 1981, Boulez/ Chereau (centenary ring)
    First complete filmed ring (I think, please correct me if wrong) and is responsible for introducing me to Wagner.

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    I've only heard the Schønwandt, but I liked it.

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    I am surprised nobody has voted for "The Machine," but then there has not been enough participation in the thread to even get half the choices a vote. I like the singing in The Machine, but I can't help but cringe frequently whenever the machine is working and I picture a false step by a singer causing them to fall into the maw of the machine and be severed in two.

    Looks like I am down these two for possible second cycles after my Levine 1990 cycle:

    Pierre Boulez, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, 1980–1981.

    Daniel Barenboim, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, 1991–1992
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I am surprised nobody has voted for "The Machine," but then there has not been enough participation in the thread to even get half the choices a vote. I like the singing in The Machine, but I can't help but cringe frequently whenever the machine is working and I picture a false step by a singer causing them to fall into the maw of the machine and be severed in two.

    Looks like I am down these two for possible second cycles after my Levine 1990 cycle:

    Pierre Boulez, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, 1980–1981.

    Daniel Barenboim, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, 1991–1992
    Looks good to me.
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    The Boulez is justly famous/infamous. If you want to explore Rings, it's a must, though as mentioned in another thread it's not traditional and probably not the best first Ring you watch. But it should be in the next group.
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    At this point, I am thinking that The Machine is the way to go. Pricey, but I can wait. I still have to finish my 1990 Levine Ring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    At this point, I am thinking that The Machine is the way to go. Pricey, but I can wait. I still have to finish my 1990 Levine Ring.
    The Lepage Ring is ok but to my ears it is marred by too many poor singers in important parts. Voight is adequate at best and grim at worst, Terfel barks his way through the part and his voice, which used to be a beautiful Verdi voice, is as rough as a badger's behind. Blythe is ok but as wooden as a door and Jay Hunter Morris, and I realise he was drafted in at short notice, is not a Siegfried for the Met. I realise I am being a bit harsh but I think the earlier Met Ring is much better vocally and I like the traditional staging. Regrettably no recordings of the Bayreuth fifties productions exist so it is what it is. The Chereau Ring was a groundbreaker and isn't nearly as über-modern as you would think. My choices would be it or Met 1.
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    I just realized one of my choices is a rather futuristic Ring:

    "Carl St Clair, Staatskapelle Weimar 2019"

    That should have been listed as 2009.
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    Does that mean I should cancel my plans to go to Weimar in 2019?


    It could also be noted that the Boulez/Bayreuth Ring was recorded in 1980. There was no Ring cycle performed at Bayreuth in 1981.

    The one marked as Levine 2011 is actually Levine/Luisi 2010-2012. Rheingold is from 2010, Walkure from 2011, both conducted by Levine. The latter two are both from 2012, conducted by Luisi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    Does that mean I should cancel my plans to go to Weimar in 2019?


    It could also be noted that the Boulez/Bayreuth Ring was recorded in 1980. There was no Ring cycle performed at Bayreuth in 1981.

    The one marked as Levine 2011 is actually Levine/Luisi 2010-2012. Rheingold is from 2010, Walkure from 2011, both conducted by Levine. The latter two are both from 2012, conducted by Luisi.
    Whelp. I can only say that I am sorry we can't edit the poll choices. Thanks for pointing it out. I was also wondering where I got this from:

    "Roman, Philharmonische Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck, 2010/11"
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    I didn't mean it as a criticism! I only noted the corrections because you noted one yourself.

    The Lübeck Ring appears to be a real thing:




    Amazon UK has a copy (for £142.56) that it won't deliver to the US.

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    ^ That's freaky! Not what I want in a Ring, but definitely some interesting aspects.
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    Seen enough after this this clip, I will stay whit Boulez.

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