I mean, not that I need to inform anyone who's anyone who wiles away their time in the opera-'sphere, but La Cieca is doing the Lord's work with her grand mix n' match Ring podcast this month. You know, if the bounty of the Lord included neat opera downloads alongside the goats and milk and honey and stuff.
Over at his place, Maury is using the occasion to throw down his quick and dirty two cents about recorded Ring preferences. Though my knowledge of Ring Cycles and their discontents is rather more limited than his, I would concur that Solti is the place to start. The sound quality is stupendous, which, despite those who would swear by such and such Walkure recorded through a burlap sack next to a consumptive 200 years ago, is pretty dang important when trying to immerse onself in something of the Ring's musical complexity. And Solti brings a remarkably exciting consistency of vision to the money passages.
That said, I really find Windgassen's Siegfried there a chore. Although I suppose that's some further insight for anyone getting into the Ring. With the freakish exception of Melchior, no one on record really makes it through Siegfried alive, or at least without sounding scared shitless 40 percent of the time. Am I wrong?