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

  • Solti

    Votes: 12 27.9%
  • Karajan

    Votes: 5 11.6%
  • Bohm

    Votes: 5 11.6%
  • Krauss

    Votes: 2 4.7%
  • Knappertsbusch '56

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  • Keilberth '55

    Votes: 8 18.6%
  • Furtwangler RAI

    Votes: 2 4.7%
  • Furtwangler Scala

    Votes: 1 2.3%
  • Barenboim

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  • Boulez

    Votes: 2 4.7%
  • Haitink

    Votes: 1 2.3%
  • Levine

    Votes: 1 2.3%
  • Keilberth '52

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Keilberth '53

    Votes: 2 4.7%
  • Other, right in

    Votes: 1 2.3%
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Love this topic. I'm obsessed with the Ring. I think I have 14 1/2 recordings (Gergiev being the 1/2). I think the three best are Solti, Keilberth 55 and Karajan. I couldn't live without them. Karajan's Walküre is magnificent, Keilberth's cast and conducting is near flawless and Solti's set is magnificent in that it presents the Ring is such a monumental way. I've avoided Krauss due to the sound. Not sure I can handle mono.
 

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I haven't heard Young's or Weigle's, but they're both on Spotify.

I've only heard Siegfried from Haenchen's, and it's decent enough to be worth hearing.

The Thielemann Vienna set is pretty dreadful - there's a reason why it's sold for $30. He has the measure of the score, and the orchestra plays magnificently, but the singing is mostly atrocious. If you want a Thielemann RING, you're better off with the Bayreuth set from a few years earlier.
 

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Sebastian Weigle. Didn't listen to Haenchen. The first three are all badly sung but only Weigle's conducting and Frankfurt playing are lit.
I think i have Weigle for Siegfried on CD.

I am in the middle of Haenchen's on DVD and liking it a lot!
 
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Well, I really can't pick a favorite. But out of the 13 complete Rings I own, my top three are Sawallisch 1989, Sawallisch 1968, and Levine 1988.
I think the DVD Levine set is better than the studio 1988 set.
 

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Really liking this Ring a lot. Currently my favorite. So glad someone (HenryPenfold I think, or was it Itullian) tipped me off to when it was on deep discount.
 

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Really liking this Ring a lot. Currently my favorite. So glad someone (HenryPenfold I think, or was it Itullian) tipped me off to when it was on deep discount.
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1. Karajan
2. Goodall
3. Keilberth 1955
4. Krauss
5. Bohm
6. Barenboim

and so on.....
 
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Discussion Starter · #37 ·
1. Krauss
2. Karajan
3. Keilberth
4. Solti
5. Barenboim

Still need to listen to the rest of the Bohm and Furtwangler.

Way too many rings……
Not nearly enough Rings....:tiphat:
 
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