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Pardon the expression, but this is a steal

The complete recording of Der Ring des Nibelungen conducted by Christian Thielemann at the Bayreuth Festival is now on sale for only $5.99.

And, no, I am not making this up.

21 comments

  • Buster says:

    I still have a soft spot for Linda Watson, who was wonderful before she started to sing too much Wagner. Her Marschallin was just fine -- dignified, properly sung with a big voice that was wonderfully warm and even. Then heard her as a blazing Ortrud, with Charlotte Margiono. She was also the first (and only, until Naglestad steps in, I hope) Brünnhilde in the Audi Ring who could sing the part, and do justice to the production. A great relief after the ones before her. Last thing I heard her do was an Isolde, and the voice was shot buy then -- quite shocking. Her prime was 15-20 years ago.

  • Regina delle fate says:

    Her best roles now are probably, Elektra, Ortrud and the Färberin. I’ve seen her Färberin twice now and she sings the role more than acceptably, although she is not as good-looking and as exciting an actress as Herlitzius. Given a choice between her and Pankratova, who certainly sings the notes more beautifully, I think I’d choose Watson. In the theatre anyway. On disc, it’s another matter. It’s a pty that the “new” Thielemann Ring on DG is a year older and has the same Brünnhilde and Wotan. You can’t help wondering what drives the commercial thinking behind the new release.

  • Will says:

    An incredible price but it is only for the MP3 version. if you want CDs, it is selling for the regular price. Customer reviews stress how good the tenors and Sieglinde are and warn of lots of vocal problems elsewhere. And I’ve got so many Rings already . . . . . one I really love is San Francisco with Marton — she really sounds like a young goddess most of the time.

    • scifisci says:

      Is that the same SF ring that has been posted in rather blurry video on youtube? Marton sounds so much better there than in the studio recording, such a shame.