Achtung! Der Ring ohne Wörter....??

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  1. Jagan Seshadri

    Jagan Seshadri Supporting Actor

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    Heh heh. I always wanted to learn German.
    Anyway, in my quest to get into non-wussified classical music, I picked up a second hand CD of Wagner orchestral music: Orchestral Music from Der Ring des Nibelungen / George Szell, recorded in 1968 and 1962.
    What I'm wondering is which recording (CD or DVD-A) is the best in terms of sound quality and performance? I am only interested in a more recent recording of the orchestral music, not the operatic singers.
    The others I've heard of are:
    The "Ring" Without Words / Maazel, Berliner Philharmoniker (Telarc)
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    "The Ring - Orchestral Highlights (8.550211)" (Naxos)
    Is there a superior version I should get?
    -JNS
     
  2. Jaehoon Heo

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    I have the CD from Telarc, and it is really recommendable to audiophiles. I love it. Another maybe from London/Decca, conducted by Georg Solti and recorded recently in CD era. Its sound is amazing too.
     
  3. Stefan A

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    Some excellent recordings of Wagner excerpts are the newer Barenboim w/ Chicago recordings. The older Solti w/ Vienna are also excellent. A lot of people recommend choosing Telarc for great sound quality in orchestral recordings. I like a well recorded cd like anyone else, but if you take a substandard orchestra and conductor, and record them well, you still have a sub-standard recording. The point is, pay more attention with the level of orchestra before label.

    Also, you can't go wrong with Bayreuth (sp) and Met recordings.
     
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    Jagan, the Maazel/Berlin/Telarc CD is fantastic, although I do prefer the Szell performance.

    Get the Telarc if you are looking for sound over substance, but keep the Szell in your collection!
     
  5. Jagan Seshadri

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    I don't think the Telarc CD is a substandard. Maazel/VPO combination would be the best Telarc can get recorded, as well as Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony by Previn/VPO. I know that Maazel's interpretation is quite different from Solti's or Boulez', but I like it, too, and who can question VPO's performance quality???
    I don't think somebody above said Telarc CD's performance is a substandard, either...[​IMG]
     
  7. Coressel

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    By "sound over substance" I mean that the sound quality of the Telarc CD is great, but it's not as substantial as experiencing the whole operatic cycle. The CD, by marketing design, is a "compact" Ring, saving you from having to go through the whole 20 hours.

    Get the Telarc, but if you have Szell, keep it too for comparison. Maybe throw in a copy of the whole cycle just for laughs...
     
  8. Jagan Seshadri

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    Twenty hours of German opera? Is that a symptom or a remedy? [​IMG]
    -JNS
     
  9. Stefan A

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  10. Stefan A

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    Jagen,

    Did you read the above. It was for you - since you asked.
     
  11. Jagan Seshadri

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    Yes, Stefan, I did. I very much appreciate your detailed explanation. I thought I had replied to this, but I guess not.

    Posts like yours are what make participation in this forum rewarding and enjoyable!

    -JNS
     

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