Der Ring des Nibelungen  (Furtwangler;  Ludwig Weber, Max Lorenz, Gunther Treptow, Set Svanholm, Kirsten Flagstad, Josef Herrmann, Alois Pernerstorfer, Hilde Konetzni, Elisabeth Hongen) (13-Virtuoso 2699082)
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Der Ring des Nibelungen  (Furtwangler;  Ludwig Weber, Max Lorenz, Gunther Treptow, Set Svanholm, Kirsten Flagstad, Josef Herrmann, Alois Pernerstorfer, Hilde Konetzni, Elisabeth Hongen) (13-Virtuoso 2699082)
OP0300. DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN, recorded 1950, w. Furtwängler Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Max Lorenz, Günther Treptow, Set Svanholm, Kirsten Flagstad, Josef Herrmann, Alois Pernerstorfer, Ludwig Weber, Hilde Konetzni, Elisabeth Höngen, etc. (Holland) 13-Virtuoso 2699082, in Boxed Set w. Elaborate Brochures. Very long out-of-print, Final ever-so-slightly used copy (barely visible only on box; CDs and Brochures are as New!) - 027726990828

CRITIC REVIEW:

“It is just a little over 20 years since I gave a warm welcome to the briefly available LP version of this unique RING. Since then, I have always returned to it with caution for fear it would seem it in some way less remarkable, but on every occasion, most recently in good, ‘unofficial’ transfers from Italy, I have found the experience compelling. you will look elsewhere for your RING, but you will be passing up what remains an extraordinary experience - Furtwängler in the theatre at full tilt, unsurpassable in his particular, cosmic view of the work….as the late Deryck Cooke put in a famous dictum, Furtwangler’s ‘ability to make the music surge or seethe or melt, so that one has left the world of semiquavers behind’. Yet it is from just such close attention to the matter of detail - semiquavers and precise rhythm - that Furtwängler builds his unerring overview of the whole cycle….Furtwängler surpasses himself and almost everyone else in sheer incandescence. It is hard to find a weakness, even an Achilles’ heel, in his reading. Everything, in small and large things, seems so inevitably accomplished….Any inadequacies pale beside the splendours of the rest, most notably those of Flagstad’s Brünnhilde, a performance to set beside her Isolde for the same conductor. Her Todesverkündigung, the colloquy with Wotan, the two duets with Siegfried, and Immolation represent some of the most refulgent and moving Wagner singing ever heard on disc….This is, in historic terms, a version to set beside Krauss’ of the same year at Bayreuth as a recommendation.”

- GRAMOPHONE, Dec., 1996