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Das Rheingold.



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This is the third installment in what is now being labelled universally as The First Stereo Ring. Although recorded in stereo by Decca at the 1955 Bayreuth Festival, record producer John Culshaw suppressed the tapes in favor of his studio recording conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Fortunately, the Bayreuth tapes survived in Decca's vaults for over 50 years and are now seeing the light of day in admittedly early, but remarkably rich and spacious, stereo sound. As with the previous releases, Joseph Keilberth's conducting is thrillingly dramatic and forward-moving, but never driven. Das Rheingold is splendidly cast, with Hans Hotter as Wotan and the great Gustav Neidlinger at his peak as Alberich. While the Loge of Rudolf Lustig may not be to all tastes, it is balanced by a luxury cast, including the sonorous voiced Ludwig Weber and Josef Greindl in the roles of Fasolt and Fafner, and the estimable Paul Kuen as the evil dwarf, Mime. Both Die Walkure and Siegfried have already been released, and Gotterdammerung will follow shortly.--N.C.

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Author:Crory, Neil
Publication:Opera Canada
Date:Jan 1, 2007
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