Wagner: Das Rheingold - Symonette, Hoffman, Schachtschneider, Beresford; Quennet. Düsseldorf, 1966


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  • Admittedly this Ring Cycle gets off to a rather tame start with this performance of Das Rheingold. As Wotan Randolph Symonette possesses an impressive instrument, but lacks the dynamic and dramatic range to really carry this opera.
  • Grace Hoffman's elegant mezzo-soprano gives Fricka a touch of humanity that is rare in this role.
  • Arnold Quennet paces the evening very well.


  • The sound lacks depth.

In Mono

OD 11699-2

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