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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    You probably are familiar florestan. It's Wagner's Walkure from the Ring. In English
    I did listen to all Wagner's operas once but could not tell what the stories are for most. But for the most part I only listen to Lohengrin, Meistersinger and the Hollander.
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    A very nice Barber of Seville with a fine mezzo. Too bad sound quality is not quite up there or it could be one of the best out there. Clips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I did listen to all Wagner's operas once but could not tell what the stories are for most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    You are making this difficult for me. At least I have all the Wagner opera, but of course if I get into it, I'll have to have a really good set. It also is one good way to see a lot more of Waltraud Meier's singing on DVD, since she mainly did Wagner.
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    There seem to be some pretty good deals on used Barenboim ring on Amazon US.

    Meanwhile I've just listened to this:

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post

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    Before I attempt the ring, I need to get more familiar with this opera, which has a much simpler plot. The Ring is going to take some effort I think. And as this one just arrived in yesterday's mail, it is my current listening:
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    After all this Wagner talk...

    I'm so easily led


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    Wagner: Lohengrin
    Jess Thomas (Lohengrin), Elisabeth Grümmer (Elsa), Christa Ludwig (Ortrud), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Telramund), Gottlob Frick (Heinrich), Otto Wiener (Herald)
    Wiener Philharmoniker, Rudolf Kempe
    Recorded 1962/63 Theater an der Wien

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    The Ring is going to take some effort I think.
    It really helps to watch it first. And the best intro is the old Met Levine version, available on Met Player. It's completely straightforward and literal.

    Then lots of listening until the leitmotifs have sunk into you.

    Another worthwhile time'n'money investment is this: An Introduction To Der Ring Des Nibelungen by Deryck Cooke

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    It really helps to watch it first. And the best intro is the old Met Levine version, available on Met Player. It's completely straightforward and literal.

    Then lots of listening until the leitmotifs have sunk into you.

    Another worthwhile time'n'money investment is this: An Introduction To Der Ring Des Nibelungen by Deryck Cooke
    But I am very partial to Waltraud Meier. Anyway, I am not ready to attack the Ring yet. Perhaps in due time. But that intro CD is pretty low priced so maybe.....
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    Yes, yes! I second the old Met Levine. When I watched it (back in the day when I blah, blah, blah...), the Met was offering a free seven day trial version. It's worth subscribing to this if you haven't already. I think I watched fourteen or fifteen operas in this period and all were superb.

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    I have this Wagner set (contents list):


    The Ring in this set is all by the same conducter, so a proper set, and it seem well rated on Amazon for the Ring offering: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GUK04A/

    So there is not much to stop me from listening to the ring but to load it on my player and spend the time.
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    If I'm remembering correctly, Waltraud Meier sings Waltraute in the Levine/Met Ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    If I'm remembering correctly, Waltraud Meier sings Waltraute in the Levine/Met Ring.
    I can check it out, though I thought she was pretty much associated with Barenboim.

    Meanwhile, you guys are going to get me in trouble. Look what happened. Since you brought it up, I moved my Ring to the MP3 player and having a bit of indecision about what to listen to today, I figured why not, so current listening (1990s cycle with Neuhold conducting--sound quality pretty decent):


    But how can I not pursue the grandest and hugest opera cycle in history? I mean, this is a must do for any opera fan worth their salt, eh?
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    I am on Siegfried now and loving it! Thanks for posting that short video summarizing the Ring in a few minutes. I actually bid on a Ring set with Meier (Sawallisch) but someone outbid me with 7 seconds to go.

    but my Neuhold set is no shabby recording. In fact, for a budget set, it rates quite well:
    http://www.wagnerdiscography.com/rev...n93neuhold.htm

    EDIT: Post 6344 above, about 10:30 yesterday am I had just started the Ring. Well now at 1:44 am it just finshed. Whew! But it was great and I long ago should have been in bed. Goodnight.
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