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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Ok, so where does the fabled Solti Ring figure into your calculation?...
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    Though having just listened to

    Wagner: Götterdämmerung
    Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried), Josef Greindl (Hagen), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Thomas Stewart (Gunther), Ludmilla Dvoráková (Gutrune), Martha Mödl (Waltraute), Dorothea Siebert (Woglinde), Helga Dernesch (Wellgunde), Sieglinde Wagner (Flosshilde), Marga Höffgen (Erste Norn), Annelies Burmeister (Zweite Norn), Anja Silja (Dritte Norn)
    Orchestra and Chorus of the Bayreuth Festival, Karl Böhm
    Recorded live in concert in 1967

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    I decided I need to listen to the Karl Böhm Das Rheingold and Die Walküre as well, so I'm staring to see a pattern here... I could very possible end up at the Solti soon

    and also possibly be stuck in a never ending... err... cycle...


    I need Patricia Petibon, Jaroussky, Alcina and Handel to do battle with the forces of Wagner in my head

    (just please make sure you tidy up after fighting; it's already pretty messy up there)

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    Siegfried from this wonderful box

    If you would seek salvation, remember this:
    a life in Hell can still aspire to BLISS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekrotzar View Post
    Siegfried from this wonderful box... [Solti]
    I might join the prince of darkness here...

    as having just listened to the Böhm Das Rheingold and Die Walküre I need to listen to the rest of the drama (as predicted)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Ok, so where does the fabled Solti Ring figure into your calculation?...
    It's big. It's magnificent. It's beautiful. No it's not superman, it's Solti's super studio stereo recording...


    Siegfried
    Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried), Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), Hans Hotter (Wanderer), Gerhard Stolze (Mime), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Kurt Böhme (Fafner), Marga Höffgen (Erda), Joan Sutherland (Waldvogel) 1962
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    So good it brings a tear to the eye.

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    now if I can just fit in the final installment before the cricket starts again tomorrow...

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    Maybe tomorrow will be a Ring day. In the meantime, I had this lying forgotten in my Unlistened to Pile:


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    This is a wonderful recording, maybe even surpassing the Gelmetti/Riciarelli. It's live, but with minimal applause (there is some..) and little or no stage noise. Voices are terrific! Anyone hesitating about this set should stop wondering and put this their list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekrotzar View Post
    Siegfried from this wonderful box

    Finding difficulties with having time to listen to each opera complete, unfortunately....I shall continue with act II of Siegfried today. I think that Siegfried is slowly becoming my new favourite of the four, replacing Die Walküre.....
    If you would seek salvation, remember this:
    a life in Hell can still aspire to BLISS.

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    After mad day at cricket I finish the day with

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    Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried), Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), Gottlieb Frick (Hagen), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Claire Watson (Gutrune), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Gunther), Christa Ludwig (Waltraute), Lucia Popp (Woglinde), Gwyneth Jones (Wellgunde), Maureen Guy (Flosshilde), Helen Watts (First Norn), Grace Hoffman (Second Norn), Anita Välkki (Third Norn)
    Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti 1964

    Quote Originally Posted by Nekrotzar View Post
    Finding difficulties with having time to listen to each opera complete, unfortunately....I shall continue with act II of Siegfried today. I think that Siegfried is slowly becoming my new favourite of the four, replacing Die Walküre.....
    Clayton model predicts the prince of darkness will then lean towards Götterdämmerung...

    another theory to expand on in the Wagner thread

    once the insanity of the Ashes (cricket) finishes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekrotzar View Post
    Finding difficulties with having time to listen to each opera complete, unfortunately....I shall continue with act II of Siegfried today. I think that Siegfried is slowly becoming my new favourite of the four, replacing Die Walküre.....

    Great post! I don't rate Siegfried above the other Ring operas, but believe that it is decidedly under-appreciated and significantly more interesting than many peoples' complaints about its being tedious.

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    After mad day at cricket I finish the day with

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    Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried), Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), Gottlieb Frick (Hagen), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Claire Watson (Gutrune), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Gunther), Christa Ludwig (Waltraute), Lucia Popp (Woglinde), Gwyneth Jones (Wellgunde), Maureen Guy (Flosshilde), Helen Watts (First Norn), Grace Hoffman (Second Norn), Anita Välkki (Third Norn)
    Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti 1964



    Clayton model predicts the prince of darkness will then lean towards Götterdämmerung...

    another theory to expand on in the Wagner thread

    once the insanity of the Ashes (cricket) finishes

    Finished off with, perhaps, a swirl of Islay Single Malt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Great post! I don't rate Siegfried above the other Ring operas, but believe that it is decidedly under-appreciated and significantly more interesting than many peoples' complaints about its being tedious.
    Is it tedious? Really? The forging scene alone is pretty epic.....
    If you would seek salvation, remember this:
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    Painting fake walls demands something to sing along too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    ...Finished off with, perhaps, a swirl of Islay Single Malt?
    Only if I call a Rohan water goblet a swirl


    this morning (precricket opera)

    Wagner: Das Rheingold
    George London (Wotan), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Set Svanholm (Loge), Kirsten Flagstad (Fricka), Claire Watson (Freia), Waldemar Kmentt (Froh), Eberhard Wächter (Donner), Paul Kuen (Mime), Jean Madeira (Erda), Walter Kreppel (Fasolt), Kurt Böhme (Fafner), Oda Balsborg (Woglinde), Hetty Plümacher (Wellgunde), Ira Malaniuk (Flosshilde)
    Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti 1958

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    I think I'm about ready to move on from the ring for a bit now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekrotzar View Post
    Siegfried from this wonderful box

    Listening specifically to the last two discs from Siegfried....I love the scene featuring Fafner as a dragon!
    If you would seek salvation, remember this:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I think I'm about ready to move on from the ring for a bit now.
    Are you sure? That was certainly not a very long time! Perhaps I'm just taking it in smaller chunks at a time. Your posts often include more than one entire opera whereas I'm taking it an act at a time to really lengthen out my Ring experience.....

    Have you ever read the book Rock Me Amadeus? It details the very first discoveries of a someone who is a complete newbie to classical music and his experience discovering and reviewing various classical music recordings....I believe he listened to the entire Ring cycle in one day! The book is really quite funny!
    If you would seek salvation, remember this:
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