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Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Ring Cycle), Sir Georg Solti and Vienna Philharmonic. My interview with Thom McKercher, Director of Classics and Jazz at Universal Music is here also.

Voted The Recording of the Century, Solti's Ring Cycle is an epic masterpiece that took 7 years to record. The scale of this project pushed everyhting to the limit, including budgets, logistics and technical innovation. Guided by producer John Culshaw, propelled by the masterful Solti and his cast of stars (including Birgit Nilson, Hans Hotter, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau), this 1958 recording of Wagner's Ring Cycle changed the way people heard opera in their living rooms. The idea was to make the listener 
feel enveloped by the music in an even more dramatic way than if they were seated in the most expensive seats in an opera house. Culshaw strove for authenticity in every bar, with "special effects" such as anvils, gold bars and thunder. 

While the recording has been re-issued numerous times, this 2015 incarnation is intended to be affordable to everyone. It is comprised of:

14 CDs that comprise the Ring Cycle (Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämerung)

2 CDs of Deryck Cooke's Introduction to the Ring

108 Page booklet with essay by producer John Culshaw
CD-ROM of Original German libretto with English and French translations

 

Here is a rare clip of Solti conduting The Ring Cycle:

 

 

And if you missed my interview with Thom Mckercher, Director of Classics & Jazz at Universal Music, here it is: