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Détails sur le produit

  • Chef d'orchestre: Hans Knappertsbusch
  • Compositeur: Richard Wagner
  • CD (19 mai 2008)
  • Nombre de disques: 13
  • Label: Music & Arts
  • ASIN : B00004RCZL
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Disque : 1

  1. Prelude
  2. Scene 1. Woglinde - Weia! Waga! Woge, Du Welle
  3. Alberich - He He! Ihr Nicker,
  4. Alberich - Garstig Glatter
  5. Rhine Maidens - Wallalla! Wallalla! Lalaleia, Leialalei!
  6. Rhine Maidens - Lugt, Schwestern!
  7. Alberich - Der Welt Erbe
  8. Scene 2
  9. Fricka - So Schirme Sie Jetzt:
  10. Fasolt - Sanft Schloss Schlaf Dein Aug';
  11. Das Rheingold: Froh - Zu Mir, Freia!
  12. Das Rheingold: Wotan: Endlich, Loge!
  13. Das Rheingold: Loge - Immer Ist Undank
  14. Das Rheingold: Fasolt: Nicht Gonn Ich Das Gold Dem Alben;
  15. Das Rheingold: Fafner - Hor' Wotan
  16. Das Rheingold: Loge - Jetzt Fand Ich's!
  17. Das Rheingold: Wotan - Auf, Loge! Hinab Mit Mir!
  18. Das Rheingold: Verwandlungmusik
  19. Das Rheingold: Scene 3 - Alberich - Hehe! Hehe! Hieher!

Disque : 2

  1. Das Rheingold: Mime - Wo Bist Du?
  2. Das Rheingold: Loge - Nibelheim Hier
  3. Das Rheingold: Mime: Mit arger List
  4. Das Rheingold: Mime - Nehmt Euch In Acht;
  5. Das Rheingold: Wotan: Von Nibelheim's nacht' gem Land
  6. Das Rheingold: Alberich - Die In Linder Lufte Weh'n
  7. Das Rheingold: Loge - Sei Doch Bei Sinnen!
  8. Das Rheingold: Alberich - Riesenwurm Winde Sich Ringelnd!
  9. Das Rheingold: Loge - Dort Die Krote!
  10. Das Rheingold: Scene 4 - Loge - Da, Vetter,
  11. Das Rheingold: Alberich - Los't Mir Die Hand
  12. Das Rheingold: Wotan - Dein Eigen Nennst Du Den Ring?
  13. Das Rheingold: Alberich - Bin ich nun frei?
  14. Das Rheingold: Loge - Fasolt Und Fafner Nahen Von Fern
  15. Das Rheingold: Fasolt - Halt! Nichtsie Beruhrt!
  16. Das Rheingold: Fasolt - Freia Die Schone,
  17. Das Rheingold: Erda - Weiche, Wotan, Weiche!
  18. Das Rheingold: Wotan - Hort, Ihr Riesen
  19. Das Rheingold: Fasolt - Halt, Du Gieriger!
  20. Das Rheingold: Loge - Was Gleicht, Wotan
  21. Das Rheingold: Donner: Schwules Gedunst schwebt
  22. Das Rheingold: Froh - Zur Burg Fuhrt Die Brucke,
  23. Das Rheingold: Rhine Maidens - Rheingold! Rheingole!

Disque : 3

  1. Die Walkure: Act I: Prelude
  2. Die Walkure: Act I: Scene 1 - Siegmund: Wes Herd dies auch sei,
  3. Die Walkure: Act I: Scene 1 - Siegmund: Kuhlende Labung
  4. Die Walkure: Act I: Scene 1 - Siegmund: Gering sind sie,
  5. Die Walkure: Act I: Scene 2 - Sieglinde: Mud am Herd fand ich den Mann
  6. Die Walkure: Act I: Scene 2 - Sigmund: Friedmund darf ich nicht heissen
  7. Die Walkure: Act I: Scene 2 - Siegmund: Ein starkes Jagen auf uns
  8. Die Walkure: Act I: Scene 2 - Siegmund: Ein trauriges Kind
  9. Die Walkure: Act I: Scene 2 - Hunding: Ich weiss ein wildes Geschlecht,
  10. Die Walkure: Act I: Scene 3 - Siegmund: Ein schwert verhiess
  11. Die Walkure: Act I: Scene 3 - Sieglinde: Schlafst du, Gast?
  12. Die Walkure: Act I: Scene 3 - Sieglinde: Der Manner Sippe sass hier im Saal
  13. Die Walkure: Act I: Scene 3 - Siegmund: Dich selige Frau
  14. Die Walkure: Act I: Scene 3 - Siegmund: Wintersturme wichen den Wonnemond,
  15. Die Walkure: Act I: Scene 3 - Sieglinde: Du bist der Lenz,
  16. Die Walkure: Act I: Scene 3 - Sieglinde: O lass in Nahe
  17. Die Walkure: Act I: Scene 3 - Sieglinde: Wehwalt heisst du furwahr?
  18. Die Walkure: Act I: Scene 3 - Siegmund heiss ich,
  19. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 1 - Prelude
  20. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 1 - Wotan: Nun zaume dein Ross
  21. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 1 - Hojo to ho! Hojo to ho! Hei a ha!
  22. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 1 - Wotan: Der alte Sturm, die alte Muh!
  23. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 1 - Wotan: Heut' - hast du's erlebt!
  24. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 1 - Fricka: So ist es denn aus
  25. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 1 - Wotan: Nichts lertnest du

Disque : 4

  1. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 1 - Fricka: Mit tiefem Sinne wilst du micht tauschen:
  2. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 1 - Wotan: Was verlangst du?
  3. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 1 - Fricka: Deiner ew'gen Gattin
  4. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 2 - Brunnhilde: Schlimm, furcht'ich, schloss der Streit,
  5. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 2 - Wotan: Als junger Liebe
  6. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 2 - Wotan: Ein andres ist's:
  7. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 2 - Brunnhilde: O sag, Kunde,
  8. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 2 - Wotan: Ha Freche du!
  9. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 2 - Brunnhilde: So sah ich Siegvater nie
  10. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 3 - Siegmunde: Raste nun hier
  11. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 3 - Sieglinde: Hinweg! Hinweg!
  12. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 3 - Sieglinde: Horch, die Horner!
  13. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 4 - Brunnhilde: Siegmund! Sieh auf mich: (Todes - Verkundung)
  14. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 4 - Siegmund: Der dir nun folgt,
  15. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 4 - Brunnhilde: Du sahst der Walkure sehrenden Blick:
  16. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 4 - Brunnhilde: So wenig achtest du
  17. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 4 - Brunnhilde: Halt ein! Walsung'!
  18. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 5 - Siegmund: Zauberfest bezahmt ein Schlaf
  19. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 4 - Siegmund: Der dort mich ruft
  20. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 4 - Hunding: Wehwalt! Wehwalt!
  21. Die Walkure: Act II: Scene 4 - Wotan: Geh hin, Knecht!

Disque : 5

  1. Die Walkure: Act III: Scene 1 -
  2. Die Walkure: Act III: Scene 1 - Hojotoho! (Walkuren)
  3. Die Walkure: Act III: Scene 1 - Brunnhilde: Schutzt mich, und helft
  4. Die Walkure: Act III: Scene 1 - Sieglinde: Nicht sehre dich Sorge um mich:
  5. Die Walkure: Act III: Scene 1 - Brunnhilde: Fort denn eile, nach Osten gewandt!
  6. Die Walkure: Act III: Scene 2 - Wotan: Wo ist Brunnhild, wo die Verbrecherin
  7. Die Walkure: Act III: Scene 2 - Brunnhilde: Her bin ich, Vater: gebiete die Strafe!
  8. Die Walkure: Act III: Scene 2 - Wotan: Hortet ihr nicht,
  9. Die Walkure: Act III: Scene 3 - Brunnhilde: War es so schmahlich,
  10. Die Walkure: Act III: Scene 3 - Brunnhilde: Nicht weise bin ich,
  11. Die Walkure: Act III: Scene 3 - Brunnhilde: Weil fur dich im Auge das eine ich heilt,
  12. Die Walkure: Act III: Scene 3 - Wotan: So tatest du, was so gern zu tun ich begehrt:
  13. Die Walkure: Act III: Scene 3 - Brunnhilde: Wohl taugte dir nicht die tor'ge Maid,
  14. Die Walkure: Act III: Scene 3 - Wotan: Nicht streb, o Maid, den Mut mir zu storen!
  15. Die Walkure: Act III: Scene 3 - Wotan: Leb wohl, du kuhnes, herrliches Kind!
  16. Die Walkure: Act III: Scene 3 - Wotan: Der Augen leuchtendes Paar,
  17. Die Walkure: Act III: Scene 3 - Wotan: Loge, hor! Feuerzauber

Disque : 6

  1. Siegfried: Act I: Prelude
  2. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 1 - Mime: Zwangvolle Plage!
  3. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 1 - Siegfried: Hoiho!
  4. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 1 - Mime: Das ist nun der Liebe
  5. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 1 - Siegfried: Vieles lehrtest du, Mime,
  6. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 1 - Siegfried: Es sangen die Voglein
  7. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 1 - Siegfried: Das lugst du, garstiger Gauch!
  8. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 1 - Mime: Einst lag wimmernd ein Weib
  9. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 1 - Siegfried: Aus dem Wald
  10. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 2 - Der Wanderer: Heil dir
  11. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 2 - Der Wanderer: Hier sitz'ich am Herd,
  12. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 2 - Der Wanderer: Auf wolkigen Hoh'n
  13. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 2 - Der Wanderer: Was zu wissen dir frommt,

Disque : 7

  1. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 2 - Der Wanderer: ...nach eitlen Fernen forschtest du;
  2. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 3 - Mime: Verfluchtes LIcht!
  3. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 3 - Mime: Fuhltest du nie
  4. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 3 - Siegfried: hermit den Stucken,
  5. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 3 - Siegfried: Nothung! Nothung!
  6. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 3 - Siegfried: Hoho! Hoho! Hohei!
  7. Siegfried: Act I: Scene 3 - Siegfried: Nothung! Nothung!
  8. Siegfried: Act II: Prelude
  9. Siegfried: Act II: Scene 1 - Alberich: In Wald und Nacht
  10. Siegfried: Act II: Scene 1 - Der Wanderer: Fafner! Fafner!
  11. Siegfried: Act II: Scene 2 - Mime: Wir sind zur Stelle:
  12. Siegfried: Act II: Scene 1 - Siegfried: Dass der mein Vater nicht ist,
  13. Siegfried: Act II: Scene 1 - Siegfried: Du holdes Voglein,

Disque : 8

  1. Siegfried: Act II: Scene 2 - (Horn Continued)
  2. Siegfried: Act II: Scene 2 - Siegfried: Ha ha! Da hatte mein Lied
  3. Siegfried: Act II: Scene 2 - Fafner: Wer bist du, kuhner Knabe,
  4. Siegfried: Act II: Scene 2 - Forest Bird: Hei! Siegfried gehort nun der...
  5. Siegfried: Act II: Scene 3 - Alberich: Wohin schleichst du eilig und schlau,
  6. Siegfried: Act II: Scene 3 - Siegfried: Was ihr mir nutzt,
  7. Siegfried: Act II: Scene 3 - Siegfried: Neides Zoll zahlt Nothung:
  8. Siegfried: Act II: Scene 3 - Siegfried: Heiss ward mir von der harten Last
  9. Siegfried: Act II: Scene 3 - Forest Bird: Hei! Siegfried erschlung nun ...
  10. Siegfried: Act III: Prelude
  11. Siegfried: Act III: Scene 1 - Das Wanderer: Wache, Wala!
  12. Siegfried: Act III: Scene 1 - Mein Schlaf ist Traumen
  13. Siegfried: Act III: Scene 1 - Das Wanderer: Du bist nicht,
  14. Siegfried: Act III: Scene 2 - Beginning

Disque : 9

  1. Siegfried: Seigfried : Mein Volglien schwebte mir fort!
  2. Siegfried: Das Wanderer : Zieh! hin!
  3. Siegfried: Scene 3 Beginning
  4. Siegfried: Siegfried : Selige Oede auf wonniger Hoh!
  5. Siegfried: Siegfried : Das ist kein Mann!
  6. Siegfried: Brunnhilde : Heil dir, Sonne!
  7. Siegfried: Brunnhilde : Siegfried! Siegfried!
  8. Siegfried: Brunnhilde : Dort sch' ich Grane,
  9. Siegfried: Brunnhilde : Ewig war ich,
  10. Siegfried: Seigfried : dich lieb' ich:

Disque : 10

  1. Der Ring des Nibelungen: Gotterdammerung: Act 1: Prelude
  2. Der Ring des Nibelungen: Gotterdammerung: 1st Norn: Welch Licht
  3. Der Ring des Nibelungen: Gotterdammerung: 2nd Norn: Treu berath' ner Vertrage
  4. Der Ring des Nibelungen: Gotterdammerung: 3rd Norn: Es ragt die Burg
  5. Der Ring des Nibelungen: Gotterdammerung: 1st Norn: Die Nacht weicht:
  6. Der Ring des Nibelungen: Gotterdammerung: Brunnhilde: Zu neuen Thaten
  7. Der Ring des Nibelungen: Gotterdammerung: Seigfried: Lass' ich, Liebste, dich heir
  8. Der Ring des Nibelungen: Gotterdammerung: Brunnhilde: O heilige Gotter!
  9. Der Ring des Nibelungen: Gotterdammerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey
  10. Der Ring des Nibelungen: Gotterdammerung: Scene 1: Gunther: Nun hor, Hagen
  11. Der Ring des Nibelungen: Gotterdammerung: Hagen: Vor Neidhohle den Niblungenhort
  12. Der Ring des Nibelungen: Gotterdammerung: Scene 2: Hagen: Heil! Heil! Seigfried
  13. Der Ring des Nibelungen: Gotterdammerung: Gunther: Begrusse froh, o Held
  14. Der Ring des Nibelungen: Gotterdammerung: Gutrune: Wilkomen, Gast

Disque : 11

  1. Gotterdammerung: Seigfried: Deinem Bruder
  2. Gotterdammerung: Seigfried: Bluhenden Lebens
  3. Gotterdammerung: Hagen: Heir sitz' ich zur Wacht,
  4. Gotterdammerung: Scene 3: Beginning
  5. Gotterdammerung: Brunnehilde: Altgewhontes Gerausch
  6. Gotterdammerung: Waltraute: Hore mit Sinn
  7. Gotterdammerung: Brunnhilde : Ha! weisst du,
  8. Gotterdammerung: Seigfried: Brunnhild! Ein Freier
  9. Gotterdammerung: Act 2: Prelude and scene 1: Beginning
  10. Gotterdammerung: Alberich: Schlafst du, Hagen,

Disque : 12

  1. Gotterdammerung: Scene 2: Beginning
  2. Gotterdammerung: Seigfried: Hoiho! Hagen!
  3. Gotterdammerung: Scene 3: Hagen: Hoiho!
  4. Gotterdammerung: Scene 4: Chorus of Men: Heil dir, Gunther!
  5. Gotterdammerung: Brunnhilde: Einen Ring sah ich
  6. Gotterdammerung: Brunnhilde: Heil' ge Gotter
  7. Gotterdammerung: Siegfried: Helle Wehr,
  8. Gotterdammerung: Scene 5: Beginning
  9. Gotterdammerung: Brunnhilde: Welches Unholds list
  10. Gotterdammerung: Hagen: Und dort trifft ihn mein Speer!
  11. Gotterdammerung: Gunther: Doch Guntrune, ach!
  12. Gotterdammerung: Act 3: Prelude and Scene 1: Beginning
  13. Gotterdammerung: The Three Rhine Maidens: frau Sonne

Disque : 13

  1. Gotterdammerung: Seigfried: Ein Albe
  2. Gotterdammerung: Seigfried: Mein Schwert zerschwang einen Speer:
  3. Gotterdammerung: Scene 3: Chorus of Men: Hoiho!
  4. Gotterdammerung: Seigfried: Mime hiess ein murrischer Zwerg;
  5. Gotterdammerung: Siegfried : In Leid zu dem Wipfel
  6. Gotterdammerung: Siegfried: Brunnhilde, helige Braut!
  7. Gotterdammerung: Funeral Music
  8. Gotterdammerung: Scene 3: Guntrune: War das sein Horn?
  9. Gotterdammerung: Hagen: Hoiho! hoiho!
  10. Gotterdammerung: Brunnhilde: Schweigt eures Jammers
  11. Gotterdammerung: Brunnhilde: Starke Scheite
  12. Gotterdammerung: Brunnhilde: Mein Erbe nun nehm ich zu eigen.
  13. Gotterdammerung: Brunnhilde: Fliegt heim, ihr Raben!


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Par Pèire Cotó TOP 50 COMMENTATEURS le 10 avril 2011
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Trois années de suite, on a conservé l'interprétation du Ring par Hans Knappertsbusch à Bayreuth. Nous avons ici celle de 1956, j'ai lu que celle de 1957 abondait en "tunnels" et que des critiques trouvaient que celle de 1958 était la plus passionnante; mais je ne les connais pas. Sur ce site, on peut tout de même entendre en MP3 des extraits du Rheingold de 1958.

La première chose qu'on remarque est évidemment la lenteur caractéristique du chef. Il faut nuancer néanmoins : c'est l'Or du Rhin qui est le plus lent, la Walkyrie étant de dimensions presque normales. L'usage du rubato est rarement exagéré : quelques moments de quasi-silence pour mettre en valeur le motif suivant peuvent faire se demander s'il n'y a pas un problème technique (!), mais sinon les variations de tempo sont progressives et passent presque inaperçues de l'auditeur, tout en pouvant perturber les chanteurs.

Quelle est la qualité du son ? Evidemment inférieure à celle du Ring en stéréo de Keilberth enregistré par Decca en 1955, l'année précédente, elle est à peine supérieure à celle de l'enregistrement Krauss de 1953 quand il s'agit d'une version pirate et inférieure à elle quand on a affaire à la version "officielle" Orfeo récemment publiée. Ce Ring ne devrait pas être votre seul et unique, mais seulement une version de complément.
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Quoiqu'en dise Music et Arts sur son site, le son n'est pas meilleur que dans la version Golden Melodram de 1997: l'orchestre est plutôt moins présent, on a rajouté de l'aigu, c'est tout; mais il faut reconnaître que cela donne un ensemble un peu plus aéré, et les aspérités de certaines voix(Varnay!) sont gommées...On peut douté du fait que dette remastérisation provienne de la bande radio originale?
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Très bon Ring, bien sûr, bien chanté, attentivement dirigé, sans aucun moment mauvais. Mais, quelque fois (dans les grands moments), j'espère quelque chose de mieux et je ne le trouve ici. Toutefois, c'est une référence absolue, et l'orquestre accompagne parfaitement les voix. Un ring rond, impeccable, sans l'orquestre assourdissante de Solti (Dieu merci). Mais pas émouvant dans les moments "forts". Pourtant, l'Acte I de la Walquirie c'est merveilleux (avec le meilleur Windgassen), et, c'est clair, Hotter et Varnay chantent de manière formidable. Cinc étoiles, sans doute, mais pas six.
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Par Richard A. Cavalla - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have four recordings of the Ring - Furtwangler/La Scala, this one with Knappertsbusch, Solti/VPO, and Goodall/ENO. I find myself coming back most often to this Knappertsbusch recording.

The singing is amazing. Hotter is a magnificent Wotan, and he just keeps getting better as the cycle progresses. His Wanderer in Siegfried is one of the great performances of any role, ever.

You also have many other top Wagner singers of the last century. Neidlinger and Kuen are probably the best ever at their respective roles of Alberich and Mime. Neidlinger is a tremendously evil sounding Alberich, but with just the right touch of pride and almost nobility. This is not your normal opera bad guy. This is evil on a grand scale, carried out over generations, and Neidlinger depicts this. Mime is evil on a much smaller scale, but definitely evil. Kuen does not play him as whiny or abused or comical. His Mime is sneaky and despicable. Ludwig Suthaus' Loge is another highlight, witty and suave and quite beautifully sung. Jean Madeira is Erda, and she has a haunting, rich, earthy voice that is perfect for Erda. She also sings two of Erda's daughters in Gotterdammerung: the 1st Norn and Waltraute.

Gre Brouwenstijn is Sieglinde and Gutrune, and her tender, beautiful voice is excellent for the two most human females in the cycle. Wolfgang Windgassen is both Siegmund and Siegfried. His voice might be a tad too high and youthful sounding than is typical for Siegmund, but it is a thoughtful and affecting performance. The voice may not be perfect for the role, but the interpretation is top notch. Where Winggassen really shines is as Siegfried, especially in the opera of that name. The forging scene is rambunctious and exciting and unforgettable. Windgassen portrays Siegfried as a flawed character, but well intentioned and likeable, not the thuggish brute as portrayed by some revisionists.
Perhaps the only mild letdown in the cast is Josef Greindl as Fasolt, Hunding, and Hagen. He tends to sing very loud, but not very deep or dark. There is a certain primitiveness and crudeness to this interpretation that is interesting, but I prefer Gottlob Frick on the Solti set.

Finally, we come to probably the most important character in the Ring, Brunnhilde. Astrid Varnay is magnificent. I just can't praise her enough. A voice that is both powerful and beautiful, intelligent and emotional, humane and godlike. Varnay seems to be often overlooked, her career peaking in the few years between the decline of Flagstad and the rise of Nilsson. An injustice, as she is just as good if not better than those two great Brunnhildes. Every scene with Varnay is stunning - the Todesverkundigung scene in Walkure, the last scene in Siegfried, the prelude to Gotterdammmerung, the confrontation with Siegfried and the plotting of his death in Act II of Gotterdammerung, the Immolation Scene. Especially the Immolation Scene, which sends chills up and down my spine. From Siegfried's Funeral March through to the last snatches of Redemption Through Love, I can't imagine this performance (on all levels, not just Varnay's singing) being outdone.

With all these great singers around, we still can't overlook Knappertsbusch. This performance is not technically flawless, but it is very good, much better than the conventional view of Knappertsbusch as lazy and sloppy. There is the occasional slip, but not too many, and the sheer sweep and tragedy and passion of the Ring comes through expertly. Much is often made of Knappertsbusch's slow tempi, and this certainly applies to some of his performances (1951 Parsifal being the prime example), but this Ring is only about 20 minutes slower than the classic Solti. When Celibidache adds 20 minutes to an 80 minute Bruckner symphony, that is slow. Arguing about 20 minutes over the course of a 900 minute work seems silly. The tempi here work wonderfully, with a forward momentum and sense of inevitability. The balance between orchestra and singers is good, neither ever overriding the other. The sound is also clean and clear and consistent, amazingly so for a 1950s live set.

Buy this set and hear what may be the greatest recording ever of the greatest work of art ever.
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This is one unbelieable "ring," which was for so long hidden from CD buyers. This is all described in a detailed essay, included as the CD notes, which is quite beneficial, because though this performance is stunning and powerful, it has some drawbacks. Nevertheless, it is indispensible for all Wagner lovers and fanatics.
The 1956 recording is not bad for its time, though the sound is a bit rough and edgy, with the strings more prominent than any other section of the orchestra. This is in part a fault of the bayreuth pit, but the orchestra is still fine, led under the great wagnerian conductor, Hans Knappertsbusch, a bayreuth regular. From the very opening of rheingold, he promises us a fabulously musical ring. Though it is slow, there is a power rarely found in other recordings and the drama is never hindered, which is in part by his wary accompaniment, and by his cast, which is extremely dramatic.
Gustav Neidlinger is the unbeatable Alberich. enough said. Paul Kuen is a great mime and is so convncing in both rheingold and siegfired that one almost pities him as he always gets treated badly. The real treats though, are Hans Hotter and Astrid Varnay. I've never felt a more heartfelt closing scene of walkure, easily the best part of that opera done here, and wotan's narrative is anything but boring, thank goodness. Wolfgang Windgassen plays an ardent Siegmund and youthful and fearless Siegfried. He lustily sings the forging song and sounds appropriately scared when he awakens brunnhilde. He sounds perfectly naive and unaware of what he does in gotterdammerung, which brings up Josef Greindl, who plays fasolt, hunding, and hagen. Now, he does have his usual mannerisms of scooping notes and using an unbelievably loud delivery, but it seems to be justified since he plays the scum of the world roles in the ring. The only one that is really affected is Hagen, for this difficult part is hard to combine character with singing. Often, his characterization affects his singing. However, we get to see how evil Hagen really is. His calling of the vassals, however brutal, is bloodthirsty and is terribly exciting. Not for all tastes, but Wieland wagner loved him and he's much better than many others who attempt the role. Gre Brouwenstijn plays freia, sieglinde, and gutrune, and she's consitently brilliant, even in the two smaller roles. Her brother is played by Hermann Uhde, another bayreuth regular, who delivers his usual excellence. He and windgassen make the blood brotherhood scene a height point of gotterdammerung and it really gets crazy in the second act, when siegfried, unaware of, breaks the oath. This is where Varnay shines, even though she's great in walkure and siegfried. Her second act is like a volcanic eruption, always seeming to have more stored up. The immolation scene is hard to beat. By the way, it was flagstad, another great brunnhilde who coached her earlier in her career, and she carries that same air of greatness and interpretative genius to this part.
On the conducting...its hard to say that there wasn't anything written by wagner that hans knappertsbusch couldn't conduct well, and this certainly applies here. I can't say there's been a more interesting enactment of the more "boring" parts of wagner, which can happen in narratives. Knappertsbusch may have been lazy, but he still gets magnificent results out of his singers and orchestra, which adds a lot to the success of this ring. I don't think it would be nearly as good if it were conducted by a lesser conductor.
Overall, I find this preferable to even solti's ring, which i find overrated, though not bad. the principles here are in much better shape, esp. hotter, who sounds not to good later on, and varnay is much more consistently on pitch than birgit nilsson, as well as windgassen, who seems to have a bigger voice here than later. Greindl is even better than gottlob frick, who's voice weridly seems thin and unfocused. Of course, this doesn't mean its without flaws, it is a live performance, but overall, this is such rewarding listening and a great experience rarely matched.d
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HASH(0x9de3cf30) étoiles sur 5 A reference! 22 juillet 2002
Par Dalziel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
This is a superb 'Der Ring des Nibelungen'.
The cast is outstanding:
Wolfang Windgassen as Siegmund AND Siegfried sounds fresh and heroic.
Astrid Varnay as Bruennhilde is marvelous. At the same level like Birgit Nilson or Kirsten Flagstad.
Hans Hotter as Wotan is still a reference.
Gustav Neidlinger as Alberich is just perfect.
The other cast is also very good.
The conducting of Knappertsbusch is gentle and slow. It takes some time to be familiar with it, but after that I prefer it against the pompous and sometimes brutish style of other conductors especially Solti.
Because of the live atmosphere it sounds vital and fresh.
I always prefer live recordings from Bayreuth, they sound naturally against the synthetical studio recordings.
But remember: This is still a mono recording. If you want a stereo one get the Boulez 'Ring'.
I know other recordings of the 'Ring': Karajan, Boulez, Solti, Levine and Barenboim, but Knappertsbusch is now my first choice.
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HASH(0x9df43150) étoiles sur 5 Great Stuff! 22 décembre 2002
Par Howard Grady Brown - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
I just got this set today; I listened to Act 1 of Gotterdammerung and I am amazed at the quality of the sound. The singers are clearly favored over the orchestra, yes, but what fine singers they are, and Knappertsbusch paces the drama perfectly to my mind and ears.
If you demand the most up to date sonics, you stand to miss something far more important: the very soul of this music drama captured live in the house built for it. I know I prefer Knappertsbusch's measured yet maleable approach to Bohm's headlong drive in his recordings from the same theatre.
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HASH(0x9de3e7b0) étoiles sur 5 A very good Ring but not indispensable 10 juillet 2004
Par Scoglio - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
This is a fine Ring allowing for the vintage -- but the cream of the Bayreuth Rings on disc remains that of Clemens Krauss featuring many of the same singers (Varnay is certainly caught in finer voice in 53) -- the conducting is consistently more alert, the recording more transparent and true to life, and the vocalism fresher by all significant principal singers.
While you can't really compare cycles of this period with those of the modern stereo era, I certainly think a truer picture of the Ring is present here than in the synthetic Rings (such as Karajan's precious box of chocolates). In modern digital Rings, no one has displaced the Janowski in either sound or naturalness of approach.
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