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Wagner Ring Des Nibelungen Explorations

Peter Bassett/ Solti
Description:
To mark the worldwide bicentenary celebrations of Wagner’s birth, a set of four CDs has been recorded for the Decca label by Australian Wagner scholar, author and lecturer Peter Bassett, as an introduction to and commentary on Richard Wagner’s great cycle of four music dramas: Der Ring des Nibelungen. The recording uses extensive musical excerpts from the famous Decca recording featuring the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Sir Georg Solti – a recording voted recently by BBC Music magazine as the greatest classical recording ever made. The set is distinguished from the fine introduction to the system of leitmotifs recorded by Deryck Cooke in 1967 by addressing Wagner’s magnum opus more broadly through its narrative, intellectual and aesthetic qualities. Its tone is engaging and directed at the general but discerning listener. Each CD in the set is devoted to each of the four operas that forms this tetralogy.
(Presto Classical)

(Eloquence) 4807311

Track Listing Extract:
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen - Explorations

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (excerpts)
Der Ring des Nibelungen
Festival stage play for three days and a preliminary evening ∙ Libretto by the composer

EXPLORATIONS
Devised, presented and produced by Peter Bassett
CD 1 Das Rheingold
CD 2 Die Walküre
CD 3 Siegfried
CD 4 Götterdämmerung

Peter Bassett, speaker with musical illustrations from ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’
Wiener Philharmoniker
Sir Georg Solti

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