Thursday, July 28, 2016

Bayreuth Sale at ArkivMusic

ArkivMusic celebrates the opening of the Bayreuth Festival with a sale on Bayreuth-related recordings. "Related" because they're including various recordings by Marek Janowski, who is conducting this year's Ring, but whose own Wagner records were not made at the festival. Also, Furtwägnler's RAI Ring: not from Bayreuth. Und so weiter.

But if you're looking for a cheap Ring recording, look no further. Among others:

  • Furtwägnler, RAI Ring, $34.99
  • Janowski, Dresden Staatskapelle Ring, $27.99 (Sorry about Theo Adam, but otherwise the singing is excellent)
  • Solti, VPO, Ring, $38.99 (Legendary, but not my favorite)
Throw in a few Parsifal recordings, odd ends of Meyerbeer and Weber, and last year's Bayreuth Tristan und Isolde on DVD (Thielemann/Herlitzius, Gould, dr. K. Wagner) and you've got a nice sale.

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