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post #121 of 150
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It would be the best of all possible worlds if Decca (and the other UMG companies with gems in their vaults) decided to remaster and release these records. Free money, since they've already paid for the recordings many times over.

Unfortunately, Testament would be knocked out - really unfair, that. They do good work.
Well for now I will spend some time with my Solti Rheingold and if I can make it through that I may give the Keilberth a try. CD Universe has it for $29
post #122 of 150
This thread has fallen silent. How IS that Keilberth anyway?
post #123 of 150
This thread has fallen silent indeed.
I saw a couple of intriguing scenes on youtube from the HvK Rheingold movie. It had the "DivX" logo on it. Any idea if this has ever been released on DVD (officially or on the "grey market")?
post #124 of 150
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This thread has fallen silent indeed.
I saw a couple of intriguing scenes on youtube from the HvK Rheingold movie. It had the "DivX" logo on it. Any idea if this has ever been released on DVD (officially or on the "grey market")?
Wow! I never saw or heard of this before either. Someone made the folowing comment two months ago:

"According to opera on dvd website it is in DGG's pile of future releases. "

There's also another clip of the final scene. The description on that one reads:

"Studio Film produced in 1978 and Sound Recording from Salzburg Easter Festival 1974 . Herbert von Karajan Artistic Supervision.
Issued on VHS and Laser Disc (out-of-print). (more)"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns9Mh...elated&search=

From what I could find, it looks like only Rheingold was filmed.
post #125 of 150
Just thought I would let everyone know that while I was browsing Berkshire, I discovered they have the Janowski Ring available for $41.86, about $20 cheaper than the best price I've seen anywhere else. It's a great cycle, and a ridiculous price. If for whatever reason you don't like it, you should easily be able to sell it on Amazon or eBay for more than you paid.

-Jay
post #126 of 150
Amazon is currently selling a complete Ring (14 CDs) conducted by Gunter Neuhold for $26. Enough of a bargain to make even a non-fan consider it!

http://www.amazon.com/Wagner-Ring-Ni...1917858&sr=1-1
post #127 of 150
The difference between Janowski and Neuhold is like the distance between Valhalla and Nibelheim. Spend the extra 15 bucks and get the Janowski.

Or get a good complete live Ring with Birgit Nilsson and Hans Hotter as MP3s from Opera Mogul for only $10...

http://www.imagemogul.com/im/opera.html

Look for the El Anillo Ring

See ya
Steve
post #128 of 150
Just finished listening to Siegfried. Every time I play the opera, I think I remember how great the Waking scene is. And every time, I'm caught off guard and blown away.

"Heil dir, Sonne! ..."

-Jay
post #129 of 150
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Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
The difference between Janowski and Neuhold is like the distance between Valhalla and Nibelheim. Spend the extra 15 bucks and get the Janowski.

Or get a good complete live Ring with Birgit Nilsson and Hans Hotter as MP3s from Opera Mogul for only $10...

http://www.imagemogul.com/im/opera.html

Look for the El Anillo Ring

See ya
Steve
Agreed. Janowski is good for the money. Over here in th UK the Barenboim set is getting cheaper and cheaper and is a great buy.
post #130 of 150
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Just thought I would let everyone know that while I was browsing Berkshire, I discovered they have the Janowski Ring available for $41.86, about $20 cheaper than the best price I've seen anywhere else.

-Jay
that's a deal.
post #131 of 150
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Just thought I would let everyone know that while I was browsing Berkshire, I discovered they have the Janowski Ring available for $41.86, about $20 cheaper than the best price I've seen anywhere else. It's a great cycle, and a ridiculous price. If for whatever reason you don't like it, you should easily be able to sell it on Amazon or eBay for more than you paid.

-Jay
I just got my copy today. Very nice little package, even though they use slip cases for the 14 cd's. I've only done some spot listening so far, but the sound is very good to my ears, though Janowski's pacing may not be completely to my liking. But this is a hell of a set for $49 shipped!

A_Sr.
post #132 of 150
In case anyone missed it: the new Gramophone ranks what their writer considers the best Rings in three categories:

1. Historic: Clemens Krauss in Bayreuth on Archipel. No Keilberth after all the hoopla?

2. DVD: Barenboim. Above the Levine and Boulez (well, that's a no-brainer).

3. Modern: Janowski. Over the like of Solti, Karajan, Bohm, et al.

So I ordered my Janowski today from Berkshire. We'll see. But I do have several other recordings by this conductor and he's no slouch! His Brahms set is superb in every way, his Franck & Chausson disk the best now available and his Korngold recording is dazzling.
post #133 of 150
I would have to pick different operas from different sets to make a perfect Ring...

Rheingold Karajan Video version
Walkure Act I Walter Act II and III Leinsdorf
Siegfried either Goodall or Janowski
Gotterdammerung Solti

See ya
Steve
post #134 of 150
Greatest Wagner deal of all time..............Clemens Krauss Ring Cycle for $1
Ring

I put an order in
post #135 of 150
Here's a seriously great bargain for Wagner fans who maybe don't have a lot of money to spend. Some of the performances are top-notch, and there's not a dud among them. Except for the Ring, I used to own these all on LP and they gave me many hours of pleasure. Well worth the asking price!Wagner: The Great Operas From The Bayreuth Festival | ArkivMusic

The only negative is the lack of complete librettos. What Decca should have done is put them all in PDF format on another disk.
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