VOLUME FOUR (GUIDES)
The imigination and vision of John Culshaw in 1958 to record Wagner's Das Rheingold started a new era in the history of recording. Using the latest recording techniques, he and his crew were able to capture in vivid stereophonic sound a magnificent performance of the entire using the finest singers of the time. Siegfried was taped in 1962, Walküre in 1965 and Götterdämmerung in 1964. All have been reissued a number of times over the years, but now we hear them in audio better than ever, particularly the Blu Ray edition. Culshaw's imaginative special effects continue to astound, particularly the anvils and thunderbolt in Rheingold, to the delight of audiophiles. The single effect I dislike is the mechanical sound of Valhalla falling in the concluding pages of Götterdämmerung that interrupt the music—but that's the way it is.
This is a magnificent set. It is a limited edition of 7,000 copies each individually numbered. This huge set will be displayed proudly in any collection. It is BIG, 12 x 12 inches (the same size as LPs) - and thick (3 1/2 inches) - and heavy (about 12 pounds). It comes in an attractive outer slipcase, with an internal case that contains the four volumes listed above. If you are a serious collector, you MUST have this set. I'm sure you will display it proudly as the focal point of your library.
R.E.B. (March 2013)