The FT selects it's "Best of the Ring" on CD and DVD

Written By The Wagnerian on Wednesday, 22 August 2012 | 11:18:00 pm

Andrew Clarke at the FT has selected, what some might consider a rather intriguing if idiosyncratic, list of best recordings of the Ring on CD and DVD. In first place we find Solti's Studio recording -  with the the Keilberth stereo set running close second. With some reservations he asks us to consider, Böhm’s 1967 Bayreuth set, and Wilhelm Furtwängler’s early 1950s Italian Radio Ring. There are also one or two other "also rans". However, he dismisses both the Karajan and Levine's sets.

On DVD he, controversially, considers only two productions (both from Bayreuth) Patrice Chéreau’s centenary staging and the Daniel Barenboim/Harry Kupfer production.

To read his overview in detail - including why he considers each set of value - read the full artical at the FT by clicking here