Wagner: Das Rheingold - Symonette, Hoffman, Schachtschneider, Beresford; Quennet. Düsseldorf, 1966
Listen to a Sample:
- 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.