Wagner: Das Rheingold - Vermeersch, Coster, Möhler, Winkler, Kélémen; Wallat. Köln, 1972


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  • Don't be fooled by the fact that the names on this recording might not jump out at you. The cast assembled is really quite good and brings a sense of confidence and ensemble to this performance of Das Rheingold that could easily rival the most star-studded affair.
  • Jef Vermeersch' Wotan exudes charm and brash ambition.
  • Janet Coster brings rock solid technique to the role of Fricka, never letting the character descend into characture.
  • li>The true star of the evening may be Zoltan Kélémen, whose Alberich is every bit the depraved villain but not completely bereft of dignity.


  • There are some brief drop-outs on this recording, presumably where the tape needed to be changed. All of them occur during orchestral interludes thereby keeping the flow of the actual scenes.

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OD 11682-2

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