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Rudolf Kempe - Richard Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen (13 CDs, 2008)

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Rudolf Kempe - Richard Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen (13 CDs, 2008)Artist: Rudolf Kempe
Title Of Album: Richard Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: Testament
Country: UK
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (*image+.cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 13 CDs, 14:07:21 min
Full Size: 3,12 Gb

This 1957 Covent Garden Der Ring des Nibelungen led by Rudolf Kempe is a very fine, at times even great, cycle. The cast features the masterful Hans Hotter as Wotan, the heroic Wolfgang Windgassen as Siegfried, and the magnificent Birgit Nilsson as Br?nnhilde. A favorite with London audiences and musicians, German conductor Kempe coaxes the best possible playing out of the orchestra, making the most out of the tetralogy's moments of high drama without letting the music lose tension in its extended passages of exposition. Taken on only its own merits, this Ring has much going for it. The end of Das Rheingold is tremendously thrilling; the big climaxes between Siegmund and Sieglinda in Act I of Die Walk?re and between Siegfried and Br?nnhilde in Act III of Siegfried are both amazingly exhilarating; the sense of momentum in the last two acts of G?tterd?mmerung is truly involving. Compared to the other great Rings of the '50s -- the 1950 and 1953 Furtw?ngler, the 1953 Krauss, and the 1956 Knappertsbusch cycles -- Kempe's Ring comes off as dramatically and musically persuasive but nowhere near as overwhelmingly compelling. For dedicated and determined Wagnerians, this 13-disc set may be mandatory listening, but for novice Nibelungens, the Solti Ring remains the best combination of blazing performance and staggering sound.

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