19 May 2008

Decca releases Giant Box set with all Wagner operas

Decca will be releasing a Giant Box set with all Wagner operas recorded at the Bayreuth Festival at an unbelievable bargain price on 17 June (33 CDs - $62.99). The box include all the operas that are being played at the Bayreuth Festival, that is:

Das Rheingold
Die Walküre
Siegfried
Götterdämmerung
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Tristan und Isolde
Parsifal
Der fliegende Holländer
Tannhäuser
Lohengrin

Most of these recording will be second or fifth choice for Wagnerians collecting recordings. I get a kinda "let's take what we have"-feeling watching the production list. What do you think?

The Giant Wagner Box with all Operas for $62.99

TRACKLISTING

CDs 1& 2
Der fliegende Holländer
Anja Silja / Fritz Uhl / Josef Greindl / Franz Crass
Wolfgang Sawallisch

CDs 3-5
Tannhäuser
Silja / Wolfgang Windgassen / Eberhard Wächter /
Josef Greindl
Wolfgang Sawallisch

CDs 6-8
Lohengrin
Anja Silja / Astrid Varnay / Jess Thomas / Ramon Vinay
Wolfgang Sawallisch

CDs 9-11
Tristan und Isolde
Birgit Nilsson / Wolfgang Windgassen
Karl Böhm
This classic Tristan is also sold separately

CDs 12-15
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Hannelore Bode / Jean Cox / Bernd Weikl / Karl Ridderbusch / Hans Sotin
Silvio Varviso
This recording has also been available separately (difficult to find now)

Der Ring des Nibelungen
CDs 16 & 17
Das Rheingold
Annelies Burmeister / Wolfgang Windgassen / Theo Adam /
Gustav Neidlinger
Karl Böhm

CDs 18-21
Die Walküre
Birgit Nilsson / Leonie Rysanek / James King / Theo Adam
Karl Böhm

CDs 22-25
Siegfried
Birgit Nilsson / Wolfgang Windgassen / Theo Adam
Karl Böhm

CDs 26-29
Götterdämmerung
Birgit Nilsson / Wolfgang Windgassen / Josef Greindl /
Gustav Neidlinger
Karl Böhm

CDs 30-33
Parsifal
Waltraud Meier / Peter Hofmann / Hans Sotin / Simon Estes
James Levine

The Giant Wagner Box with all Operas for $62.99

2 comments:

mostly opera... said...

I think the same as you. None of these versions are within my top three for any of the operas. However, the set as a whole, does come pretty cheap, and though not my personal top choices, the recordings are generally of a high standard - the Böhm Ring and Tristan, for example, may make top of the list for quite a few people, though. Also the Parsifal is of high quality, imo, though I personally would have preferred them to release the old Knappertsbusch recording..

Anonymous said...

I accepet what you say but as introduction to Wagner I suppose it's hard to do better with such equilibrium. Even if not the greatest records it's all there with a great price and with several great conductores.Someone who is beggining a classical colection may had here a very big thing. It's all there, and after it's possible try other records.