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Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (14 CD) - Marek Janowski

Item# 886919154825

Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (14 CD) - Marek Janowski
Composer: Richard Wagner
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Conductor: Marek Janowski
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden
Label: Sony

An excellent addition to any music library, this Ring Cycle is conducted by Marek Janowski, a solid authority on Wagner, and features performers including Jessye Norman, Kurt Moll, Siegfried Jerusalem, Peter Schreier, Matti Salminen, René Kollo, Lucia Popp, Theo Adam, Christian Vogel, Ute Priew, and Ortrun Wenkel.

“This, the first digitally recorded cycle to appear on CD, has always had a great deal to commend it. One of its most telling assets is the actual recording, still the most natural, clear, and most sensitively balanced available. Then it has the Dresden Staatskapelle playing with the utmost beauty from start to finish.” - Gramophone

“The cast is strong and consistent from opera to opera. If you're considering learning the Ring, there could not be a better place to start than this recording plus a good libretto…there is no weak or off-putting performance, and the drama of the music is all there.” – American Record Guide

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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