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Talking About The "Ring" (Limited Edition)
Talking About Opera: Richard Wagner's Der Ring Des Nibelungen
Written and Narrated by Peter Allen
Conducted by Bernard Haitink
Produced by The Metropolitan Opera Guild in 1966, this out-of-print box set is a much sought-after opera collectible. A limited quantity is available from the Met Opera Shop.
Peter Allen, who hosted the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcasts from 1975 to 2004, delves into Wagner's massive Ring cycle in this 5-hour, 4-disc presentation. Allen tells the stories of Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, and weaves musical excerpts throughout. He uses hundreds of musical examples to illustrate the complicated stories and leitmotifs, and in addition to the historical background and dramatic analysis, he relates facts and anecdotes concerning Wagner’s life and work.
Allen provides a wonderful introduction to the Ring for those who do not know it, as well as fascinating material for those who want to learn more about this extraordinary work.
Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen
Conceived and written over a period of more than 25 years, Wagner’s Ring cycle is an epic musical journey of four operas: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung. Its story of gods, dwarves, and men and the quest for an all-powerful ring was inspired by many sources, including 13th-century Icelandic writings and the medieval German Nibelungenlied. The complete cycle was first seen at the inaugural Bayreuth Festival in 1876. The Met’s landmark production, directed by Robert Lepage, premiered over the course of the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons. The DVD release of its Live in HD presentation won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.
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