Sebastian Weigle’s selections from Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen include some of the most popular music from Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung. However, the album’s title, Orchestermusik, is misleading because these are not exclusively orchestral excerpts. While there are indeed extended instrumental portions that have long been favorites in concert versions, several here include singing, particularly Ride of the Valkyries, Magic Fire Music, the end of Act III of Walküre, Forest Murmurs, Siegfried’s Death, and the final scene of Götterdämmerung. These recordings are extracts from the Frankfurt Opera’s performances of the Ring operas under Weigle, and this sampler is presented as an introduction to the complete cycle on Oehms Classics, recorded live between 2010 and 2012. However, listeners who are looking for purely orchestral music, along the lines of the “Wagner Without Words” album by George Szell, Lorin Maazel's "The Ring Without Words," or Henk de Vlieger's "The Ring: An Orchestral Adventure," should consider those as worthwhile alternatives.
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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson