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It's hard to assess this recording due to its extremely modest price. In terms of value for money, it gets 5 stars. As a performance, in my opinion, regardless of cost, it's 3 stars IMHO. The sound and orchestral playing is excellent, apart from the timpani being too prominent . The casting is strong, with the significant exceptions of Reiner Goldberg as Siegfried, whose voice is I feel too light for the role; and, for Hildegard Behrens as Brunnhilde, whose voice has good range but is light of tone and has a wobble. I thought her voice was better suited to Die Walkure than the later operas. James Morris as Wotan is superb. I found the first two operas stronger than the last two. If you want to focus on the orchestral score, this will be very satisfying.

Biography

Born: June 23, 1943 in Cincinnati, OH

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Conductor and pianist James Levine is one of the powerhouse figures of the classical music scene today. As a child he undertook both piano and violin; he was so accomplished on the violin that at the age of ten he played Mendelssohn's second violin concerto at a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra youth concert. He studied piano at various summer music festivals before enrolling at New York's Juilliard School, where he took conducting courses with Jean Morel and continued piano studies with Rosina Lhevinne....
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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen, James Levine
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Oct 08, 2002

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