Simone Young / Philharmoniker Hamburg

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

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As the first woman to record Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, Simone Young has amply demonstrated the breadth of her interpretive powers and shown that she has more than enough stamina and concentration to bring off such a long-range project. Das Rheingold and Die Walküre were recorded by Oehms Classics in 2008, while Siegfried was given in 2009, and Götterdämmerung followed in 2010, yet the excitement and momentum of Young's readings and the splendid playing of the Hamburg Philharmonic give these music dramas a unity and consistency that belie their different dates. Yet for its strengths, this is not a Ring for beginners, due to some weak links in the cast and some minor sound problems resulting from the live recording and microphone placement; no one should expect the quality of a Bayreuth or Metropolitan Opera production, or other classic versions. Instead, this is a worthwhile set that dedicated Wagner fans will appreciate, particularly for the excellence of the orchestral sound. Presented on 14 CDs in paper sleeves and housed in a sturdy box with an informative booklet, this set is a compact presentation that saves on shelf space, if not necessarily on price.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
Das Rheingold
1 05:28
2 01:13
3 01:16
4 07:37
5 06:04
6 05:01
7 08:01
8 01:47
9 07:44
10 01:34
11 03:48
12 00:31
13 03:58
14 06:06
15 04:37
16 02:55
17 04:09
18 03:44
19 00:43

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
Das Rheingold
1 04:23
2 02:36
3 02:56
4 02:49
5 03:57
6 03:36
7 03:54
8 03:03
9 01:54
10 06:00
11 04:28
12 02:42
13 03:18
14 02:04
15 02:45
16 05:47
17 01:56
18 02:16
19 02:06
20 02:31
21 04:39
22 00:35
23 04:40

Track Listing - Disc 7

Title/Composer Performer Time
Siegfried
1 04:04
2 03:37
3 01:46
4 02:23
5 01:28
6 08:46
7 05:39
8 01:55
9 01:22
10 03:12
11 09:56
12 06:34
13 02:49
14 01:02

Track Listing - Disc 14

Title/Composer Performer Time
Götterdämmerung
1 02:54
2 03:36
3 03:41
4 01:30
5 08:00
6 03:51
7 02:21
8 05:08
9 04:54
10 03:49
11 06:30
12 03:11
13 02:40
14 02:00
15 04:06
16 09:17
17 02:29
18 08:18
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