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Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

4. Forging the Ring

Donald Macleod follows Wagner's 25-year struggle with the creation of his epic Ring Cycle, and the dramatic changes in his philosophical outlook that transformed his view of the story.


1 hour


Wagner: Götterdämmerung: Siegfried’s Death March
Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sergiu Celibidache
EMI CDC556524 2, track 6

Wagner: Tannhäuser, Act 1, Scene 1
Choir and Orchestra of the German State Opera, Berlin, conducted by Daniel Barenboim
Teldec 8573 88064-2,  CD1, track 2

Wagner: Parsifal: Act III, Good Friday music
Kurt Moll, Plácido Domingo, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, conducted by James Levine
Deutsche Grammophon 437 501-2, CD 4, track 4, 5, 6, 7

Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder. III Im Treibhaus
Margaret Price, Graham Johnson
Forlane  UCD 16728, Track 19-23

Wagner: Das Rheingold: Scene 4, Entry of the Gods into Valhalla
George London, Kirsten Flagstad, Set Svanholm, Eberhard Wächter, Oda Balsborg, Hetty Plümacher, Ira Malaniuk, The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti
Decca 455 556-2,  Track 13, 14, 15

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