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Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen [Box Set] - Amy Shuard (soprano); Barbara Howitt (soprano); Birgit Nilsson (soprano); Constance Shacklock (mezzo-soprano);...
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  1. Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a
  2. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b
  3. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c
  4. Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d

This 1957 Covent Garden Der Ring des Nibelungen led by Rudolf Kempe is a very fine, at times even great, cycle. The cast features the masterful Hans Hotter as Wotan, the heroic Wolfgang Windgassen as Siegfried, and the magnificent Birgit Nilsson as Brünnhilde. A favorite with London audiences and musicians, German conductor Kempe coaxes the best possible playing out of the orchestra, making the most out of the tetralogy's moments of high drama without letting the music lose tension in its extended passages of exposition. ...

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Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen [Box Set] 2008, Testament

UPC: 749677142629

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