Der Ring des Nibelungen - Das Rheingold CD 1 & 2 / Die WalküreCD 3 - 5 / Siegfried CD 6 - 9 / Götterdämmerung CD 10-13.
The Ring is among the boldest, most all-embracing works of art ever conceived. Ancient myth and new aesthetics collide and make a drama encompassing comedy, satire, romance and tragedy and addressing the most profound and profoundly human issues of love, death, compassion and revenge. The creation of the Ring preoccupied Wagner for more than 20 years, and it has fascinated artists ever since; few more persistently than Wilhelm Furtwangler, the German conductor who determined, after years of less-then-perfect stage productions, that he would create a Ring for the ear and for the mind, in concert performances in Rome. The conditions were near-perfect. The result is an ideally cast recording from a gold age of Wagner interpretation.
Composer: Richard Wagner
Siegmund: Wolgang Windgassen
Siegfried: Ludwig Suthaus
Alberich: Gustav Neidlinger / Alois Pernerstorfer
Wotan: Ferdinand Frantz
Brünnhilde: Martha Mödl
Sieglinde: Hilde Konetzni
Ira Malaniuk, Elsa Cavelti, Alfred Poell, Lorenz Fehenberger, Elisabeth Grümmer, Ruth Siewert, Margarete Klose, Julius Patzak, Josef Greindl, Gottlob Frick, Sena Jurinac, Magda Gabory, Hilde Rössel-Majdan and Rita Streich.
Orchestra Sinfonica Radio Italiana
Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
Running Time: 901:78 mins (13 CDs)