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  • Audio CD (January 23, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polygram Classics
  • ASIN: B00000424L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. RICHARED WAGNER: Vorspiel, Erste Szene
2. RICHARED WAGNER: Vorspiel , Erste Szene
3. RICHARED WAGNER: Prelude, Scene One
4. RICHARED WAGNER: Prelude, Scene One
5. RICHARED WAGNER: Prelude, Scene One
6. RICHARED WAGNER: Prelude, Scene One
7. RICHARED WAGNER: Prelude, Scene Two
8. RICHARED WAGNER: Prelude, Scene Two
9. RICHARED WAGNER: Prelude, Scene Two
10. RICHARED WAGNER: Prelude, Scene Two
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Disc: 2
1. Richard Wagner: Szene 3 (Continuation)
2. Richard Wagner: Szene 3 (Continuation)
3. Richard Wagner: Szene 3 (Continuation)
4. Richard Wagner: Szene 3 (Continuation)
5. Richard Wagner: Szene 3 (Continuation)
6. Richard Wagner: Szene 3 (Continuation)
7. Richard Wagner: Szene 3 (Continuation)
8. Richard Wagner: Szene 3 (Continuation)
9. Richard Wagner: Szene 3 (Continuation)
10. Richard Wagner: Szene 3 (Continuation)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alexandre Dufresne on July 14, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Christoph von Dohnanyi and the Cleveland Orchestra made this recording of Das Rheingold back in the 1990's when Decca was looking to make a new ring cycle. However, mixed reviews discouraged potential buyers and led to poor sales. Decca responded by completing the Die Walkure and then terminating the project.

While reviews of the CD were mixed at the time of its release and largely indifferent, initial performces in Cleveland got good reviews, and the majority of the cast remained intact, when the actual CD was made. Granted not all of the soloists are top shelf, but they are still more than capable of delivering a good performance.

Robert Hale plays Wotan and Hanna Swcharz does Fricka. Franz Joseph Kappelman also delivers a good performance as Alberich. While the remaining soloists in my opinion were mostly average or above average, the Orchestral playing was outstanding. The precision and balance of the orchestra, combined with a distinctive wamrth, allows one to hear all the instruments and the Anvils were very terrifying. There have been many great recordings of the Rheingold, but none can match the Orchestral abilities of the Cleveland Orchestra. Even the legendary George Szell would have been hard pressed to top this orchestral playing.

Like many of the Die Walkure reviewers, its a shame Decca never bothered to complete Dohnanyi's cycle. Eeven if it didn't rake in the money up front, it would have been a cycle worth owning and over time Decca would have sold enough copies to cover the recording costs.

This Das Rheingold makes a great compliment to my von Karajan recordings of Die Walkure and Siegfried and I encourage everyone to give this CD a shot. Decca has yet to give it a rerelease, but Arkiv Music has it available as a reproduction CD, which is how I obtained my copy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rodney W. Helt on October 18, 2012
Format: Audio CD
My reaction to listening to this release is to express disappointment we will not be able to appreciate Dohnanyi's entire Ring. I understand that this cycle was performed in it's entirety in concert over a ten year time period. This release is a studio production recorded following the live concerts in Severance Hall. While the singing is never less than professional, this is a conductor's performance and glorious it is. There is much to enjoy here; a warm accoustic with pin-point stereo imaging and absolutely uniformly excellent orchestral playing by the Clevelanders. Dohnanyi brings a wonderfully musically dramatic interpretation to the podium--I want to hear more, but only Die Walkure was released next before Decca pulled the plug. Very regrettable. Music making at it's best without world class vocalists, hence my four stars. I'm still glad I purchased this release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pekinman on July 29, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I have been reviewing Ring cycles this summer. There are many recordings in my house that I haven't heard for years in some cases and thought it was time for a reassessment. This Rheingold from Decca with Christoph von Dohnanyi and the Cleveland Orchestra was supposed to be part of a complete cycle, but something went wrong. Lots of excuses were bandied about but the fact is it was probably no great loss to the Wagner discography that it was axed after this recording, Die Walküre was released two years previous to this set.

Dohnanyi had a certain cloud of blandness that followed him wherever he went. The 'experts' in the review community compared him to the greats of the past, which is always a stupid thing to do when reviewing. Music is a flexible art and capable of being expressed in a myriad of ways. Wagner's operas are especially ripe and full of options in interpretation. The trouble with this Rheingold is that it is really not much of anything very memorable.

The Cleveland Orchestra plays technically brilliantly, but without exhibiting any trace of this music being in their blood.
Like most American Orchestras it lacks what can only be described as 'soul'. The close up engineering emphasizes the lack of passion in their playing. Hence, it is all a rather dull event.

Dohnanyi's leadership is efficient, quick and lucid, but reveals nothing new in the score. His cast is good without being exceptional. There are some strong performances from Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Fasolt) and Franz-Josef Kapellmann (Alberich). Robert Hale's voice had loosened noticeably since his great recording of Wotan for Sawallisch 4 years earlier in Munich, a must-have cycle!
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