Der Ring des Nibelungen (14 CD Box Set)

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Der Ring des Nibelungen (14 CD Box Set)

This 14-disc box set of Christian Thielemann’s Ring Cycle was originally released in 2009. This re-release of Wagner’s monumental work contains a booklet containing full track listing and cast.

Wagner’s epic tetralogy is one of the largest scale works in the classical repertoire- a full performance takes more than four nights, with a total playing time more around 15 hours. Der Ring is loosely based on characters from the Norse sagas, following the struggles of heroes, gods, mythical creatures, and the Ring which would grant the wearer power over the entire world.

The famous Bayreuth Festspielhaus was built specifically for this work to be performed, with a specially designed stage which ensures the singers voices blend with the enormous orchestra without straining, which is a necessity for such a long performance, and such demanding writing. This production was recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, in 2008.

“Whatever one’s take on the production, Mr. Thielemann drew a probing, radiant and exhilarating musical performance from this orchestra of dedicated instrumentalists.” (New York Times)
 

History

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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