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It's summer, and summer in Hong Kong is dusty, stuffy and boring. I need a storm to wake me up. I need a new set of Walküre with rich orchestra, larger-than-life singers, real flesh and blood, and don't tell me I need a Solti. None of the old stuff (not that I hate Solti). I need a hurricane.
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There's Levine/Met, or Janowski/Dresden, or Barenboim/Bayreuth.
I've heard the first two and like them, tho I favor the "old stuff" by Bohm, Karajan, Walter, Furtwangler ... and Solti.
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lala wrote:It's summer, and summer in Hong Kong is dusty, stuffy and boring. I need a storm to wake me up......I need a hurricane.
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Although it's old stuff, i think the Nilsson/Vickers/Leinsdorf recording on Decca still holds up well. I don't know if Die Walkure
is a hurricane though. For that you might need the Flying Dutchman
, which takes you back to Solti.
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To me the best is (also "old stuff") Böhm with Nilsson, Adam, King in Bayreuth.
But for the First Act there is the extraordinary version of Melchior and Lotte Lehmann, conducted by Bruno Walter in 1935.
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I just came back from Hong Kong...and the weather indeed was hell....haha....cant agree enough...but then, i love Solti
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I'd recommend the Boulez/Bayreuth recording with Jones, McIntyre, Jerusalem, et al. I don't know if there's a CD recording of it, but I know it exists on DVD and VHS.
WWBD - What Would Bach Do?
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According to the liner notes of a von Karajan recording that I have (of course), his recording of the Ring cycle from the late '60s is supposed to be very renowned.
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