Sunday, June 04, 2006

Rings and things

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?

7 comments:

Maury D'annato said...

Yeah, I actually think the Solti is a fine choice all around. Just if it comes to talk of love rather than like, I can live without Crespin and King in the Walkuere, etc.

Alas, Melchior spoiled it for all of us. I like Windgassen ok, but...Melchior kind of set the bar way too high.

Anonymous said...

It's too bad that Hotter was past it on the Solti version; his Walkure is a wobble-thon.

King is amazing on the Bohm Bayreuth 1966 Walkure though some may be put off by Leonie's orgasmic scream when Sigmund pulls out, erm, pulls Nothung out of the tree.

Chalkenteros said...

Ahh, Maury you don't like Crespin?! Ahhh! Uns├Ąglich! She soars in Act 3.

O hehrstes Wunder! Herrlichste Maid!

Maury D'annato said...

Sorry, Chalky, for me she's one of those "I don't get it" voices.

Chalkenteros said...

ugh, I'm already exasperated. de gustibus non disputandum est.

Anonymous said...

Maury and I also have the running joke about Gerhard Stolze's Mime...

I find Solti's conducting typically far too heavy and noisy, and it shows particularly in Siegfried (IMO).

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