Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (1953)

You want a good, cheap live Ring Cycle with great singing and conducting? Here it is. Clemens Krauss was a complete man of the theater, and every bar of his 1953 Bayreuth Ring crackles with life and dramatic purposefulness. What’s more, his stalwart cast turns in fresher, more inspired work than their Bayreuth norm. Texts are in German only, and the beginning of Siegfried is shorn of its opening measures for which the timpani plays alone. A true bargain, but I’d hunt down the more expensive Laudis or Foyer import transfers for better sound. –Jed Distler

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