Wagner: Das Rheingold - Sotin, Denize, Steinbach, Keleman, Ridderbusch, Hendricx; Ehrling. Suisse, 1977
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I gravitated towards this performance because it featured the superb bass-baritone Hans Sotin as Wotan. Sotin spent much of his career excelling in bass roles like Gurnemanz and Landgraf so I was very eager to hear what he would do with a daunting role like Wotan. Sotin sings with such security and vocal finesse that it seems mind-boggling why he wouldn't have become the reigning Wotan of his day. He is joined by a superb supporting cast including Nadine Denize who almost makes Fricka come across as too sympathetic, the wiry Loge of Heribert Steinbach and Karl Ridderbusch as Fasolt. The performance is expertly led by Sixten Ehring. The sound is excellent.