2 December 2010

Wagner - Complete Ring - Clemens Krauss (Bayreuth, 1953)



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REUPLOAD - works fine
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WAGNER: Der Ring des Nibelungen (complete cycle)

Hans Hotter, Astrid Varnay, Ramón Vinay, Josef Greindl, Regina Resnik,Wolfgang Windgassen, Gustav Neidlinger, Ira Malaniuk, Ludwig Weber, Paul Kuen, Gerhard Stolze, Hermann Uhde, Maria von Ilosvay, Hetty Plümacher, Erich Witte, Rita Streich, et al.


Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus
Clemens Krauss, conductor
BAYREUTH, 1953
Opera D'oro (14cds)


Most Ring enthusiast will agree that this performance is one of the finest ever, and many rate it the best of all. Wagner recorded in Bayreuth always have a special appeal due to the unique acoustics, which Wagner took into account when composing. His music dramas just seem to sound better there than anywhere else.

This recording caused a commotion when it came out in 1953 due to its palpable excitement in comparison to the relative sedateness of previous recorded performances. Clemens Krauss was an awesome Wagner conductor (and a personal friend of Richard Strauss), but what really sets this recording apart is the cast. Overall, it is arguably the greatest cast assembled for The Ring at Bayreuth in the last 60 years. Although the great bass-baritone Hans Hotter sang Wotan in the Solti Ring years later, here his voice is in far better condition. Wolfgang Windgassen as Siegfried is also much more youthful. Astrid Varnay was one of the outstanding Brünnhildes of all time. Even small parts are taken by major singers of the era, such as the famed coloratura Rita Streich as the Forest Bird.

A magnificent set, beautifully packaged, including a 24-page booklet with historic photos, a detailed essay by Bob Levine, plot synopsis, track listings, and enriched throughout by beautiful full color illustrations by acclaimed opera artist John Martinez! Absolutely essential to the serious opera lover, especially the Wagnerian!

"... magnificent live production...on balance, the most impressively cast Ring you can get...the mono sound is excellent..." - Rough Guide to Opera

From All Music Guide: The Krauss Ring deserves to be heard by anyone who loves Wagner, but, heretofore the question has always been: which of the three inferior pressings to choose: the inevitably defective GALA pressing, the badly remastered FOYER pressing, or the imperfectly packaged ARCHIPEL pressing? The answer is: none of the above. Instead, choose this one from OPERA D'ORO. Everything about it is first-rate. The packaging is attractive. The essay is informative. The cast lists are complete. The picture discs in plastic sleeves are lovely. And the remastering is, far and away, the best the Krauss Ring has ever had: old, yes, and live, certainly, but transparent and filled with color and light. For those who love Wagner owes it to themselves to hear this set." - All Music Guide


14 CDs - Flac + cue + scans - Megaupload

Well, for some strange reasons this "project" was very difficult.
The 3rd upload from another PC rrrruns.
Finally I can share this FAB Ring  :-)

NEW archive with scans & linklist (21 parts):

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8SKQSDZN

(you can find MU & FS links in comment section too)

No password

20 comments:

Chris said...

No apologies needed - your generosity and help are appreciated. You have a great blog.
Regards

Anonymous said...

I 2nd what Chris said, really appreciate your quick response.
Dave

La Danse de Puck said...

Dearest GUIDO, you wouldn't have any of the STRAUSS operas by Clemens Krauss, would you? I am looking for whichever one are available. I know there is a Salome. I am a little infatuated by ARABELLA.

I hungrily wait for new links to Clemens Krauss' RING! Good to meet you here.

Guido said...

Hi dear Puck!
Yes, I've some Strauss (opera & orchestral music) by Krauss...

Following your kind request I'll upload strausskrauss very soon.

cheers.

Chris said...

I'm afraid I'm still having a problem. The linklist won't download from Megaupload - every time I try it gets to 11% then stops. Any help or advice would be much appreciated

Guido said...

Sigh! So many troubles with this post.

I've tried to download the linklist... seems to be ok; anyway here is it (without scans)

ringkra.part01.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ITZUW9TK
ringkra.part02.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PK76Y07D
ringkra.part03.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KV0A7POF
ringkra.part04.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=OL3XM44Z
ringkra.part05.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=142FMML5
ringkra.part06.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=W6W91AUY
ringkra.part07.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=MTVWZWKY
ringkra.part08.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=DYKEAIU3
ringkra.part09.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ODRWQ7K7
ringkra.part10.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=I9JAIB37
ringkra.part11.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=0DUUIK98
ringkra.part12.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=6LC9LLDI
ringkra.part13.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KYYS17SG
ringkra.part14.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=4HFZSNNP
ringkra.part15.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=J1VCLWM3
ringkra.part16.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9O2ENG2V
ringkra.part17.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=DJ4X9IDV
ringkra.part18.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=F1BD36T9
ringkra.part19.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=MBE3B370
ringkra.part20.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Y0OTLEW6
ringkra.part21.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2VV8BK7V

Chris said...

These worked fine. Very many thanks.
Best regards

Anonymous said...

It downloaded fine and no problems this time. Sounds great too, from what I've heard so far ! thanks so much for you effort.
Thanks,
Dave

stuckinthe70s said...

thank you for all your hard work - steve. (pt 14 downloaded ok for me).

yige said...

Hi,thank you for the uploading! Just wonder did you ever have the chance to compare this set and the (kind of) newly published ORFEO set? They claimed that the master tapes from BR are used for transformation, however, someone said ORFEO used too many filter.

Tim said...

I have both the Orfeo and the Opera D'oro editions. The Orfeo has some slight occasional defects from the master tapes, and to my ears is not heavily processed and captures the sound of the festspielhaus extremely well. The Opera D'oro is a little cleaner sounding and perhaps little bit more 'remastered' but both are worth having.

Guido said...

http://www.fileserve.com/file/qZWG4fm
http://www.fileserve.com/file/cNKUbx3
http://www.fileserve.com/file/UZbCVdx
http://www.fileserve.com/file/9MCF32N
http://www.fileserve.com/file/REKaD6n
http://www.fileserve.com/file/FFkcb5h
http://www.fileserve.com/file/rTcQxXD
http://www.fileserve.com/file/h4mWhsR
http://www.fileserve.com/file/2kpCtXt
http://www.fileserve.com/file/GYk2tbh
http://www.fileserve.com/file/9nZKd9E
http://www.fileserve.com/file/qMD5Grr
http://www.fileserve.com/file/2dFnWsT
http://www.fileserve.com/file/QqbAaC8
http://www.fileserve.com/file/K6eYkUH
http://www.fileserve.com/file/KWz2uhj
http://www.fileserve.com/file/wkpByAr
http://www.fileserve.com/file/teStA4B
http://www.fileserve.com/file/FMTNt5T
http://www.fileserve.com/file/XTzGuXm
http://www.fileserve.com/file/Dt5YVyJ
http://www.fileserve.com/file/BAy7HU9

Anonymous said...

I can't thank you enough. As someone who knew the Ring only from Solti and Karajan, I had always respected it. Having listened to this Krauss cycle in rapt astonishment over four days, I can now say for the first time that I love it as much as I respect it. What a wonderful performance!

henry flower

rabula said...

Two of the files don't appear to have uploaded to FileServe correctly:
ringkra.part09.rar (http://www.fileserve.com/file/2kpCtXt) is only 8.20 MB &
ringkra.part19.rar (http://www.fileserve.com/file/FMTNt5T ) is only 13.41 MB
as opposed to the 85.83 MB of their Megaupload counterparts

Anonymous said...

I got a problem from no 14 onwards - I got Siegfried and Walkure perfectly but the rest looks to be not working although I am hoping that 21 will make everyting ok

Love your site

Anonymous said...

correction - i got rheingold and walkure ok but the rest did not work

never mind

i am getting keilberth which is vv good

roger

Guido said...

note 4 all: my fileserve premium account is expired in july... I had many problems (in up & in down), so I'm using only MU at the moment...

Kate said...

Would you be able to reupload now that MU is dead? I've lost all my music files and am in the process of replacing everything. Cannot live without my 1953 Ring! I've been stuck with the Solti recording and it just isn't the same.

Andrea said...

Ciao, per caso hai anche il Ring diretto alla Scala da Furtwängler nella rimasterizzazione Archipel?

Galahad said...

Greetings - are there any active links for this Ring?

pavier@icon.co.za