Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen - (EXCERPTS) Kuchta/Lindholm, Windgassen/Parly, Adam/Greindl; Maazel. Bayreuth, 1968


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This performance captures a mix of legends like Leonie Rysanek, James King, Helga Dernesch, and Theo Adam, with some artists that, although brilliant, didn't become superstars.  Stand-outs include Gladys Kuchta and Berit Lindholm who split the role of Brünnhilde as well as the Wanderer of Josef Greindl.  Greindl mainly stuck to villains like Hagen and Hunding, so hearing him have a chance to be the nice guy as well as sing some nice melodies is a treat.  The musical direction by Lorin Maazel is simply first rate both for his support of the singers and the overall pacing of the drama, making this one of my favorite live Ring Cycles.  The sound is very good.

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