Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Hans Swarowsky
Another remarkable fact about this “Ring” production was that it was immediately followed by a complete recording of “Lohengrin”, also under the musical direction of Hans Swarowsky and with the Vienna State Opera Chorus and the “Großes Symphonieorchester” but for most part with different vocal soloists. No more than four weeks were available for both recordings. The “Götterdämmerung” and “Lohengrin” choruses had to be recorded in the short space of three days. The Vienna State Opera Chorus had come to Nuremberg from Salzburg Festival for the recording and did not have more time then those three days. For reasons of time and money, the recordings could not be made with modern stereo technique, and the dual-track procedure employed presented enormous technical problems, especially when it came to echo effects. Last but not least, the “deluxe packaging” of the “Ring” or “Anello del Nibelungo” by the Fratelli Fabbri also deserves special mention. The recording was released on no less than thirty-two 25cm discs in dark-blue velvet sleeves with gold lettering. The inserts contained lavish illustrations and explanatory texts. “Westminster”, an American label, rereleased the recording in the 1970s, this time on normal long-playing records.
Catalog Number: PH10034
Composer: Richard Wagner
Conductor: Hans Swarowsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic members, Prague National Theatre Orchestra
Performer: Angelika Berger, Bella Jasper, Ditha Sommer, Erika Schubert, Fritz Uhl, Gerald McKee, Heidemaria Ferch, Herbert Doussant, Herold Kraus, Hilde Roser, Ingrid Göritz, Liselotte Becker-Egner, Margit Kobeck-Peters, Nadezda Kniplova, Otto Von Rohr, Rolf Kühne, Rolf Polke, Rudolf Knoll, Ruth Hesse, Siw Ericsdotter, Takao Okamura, Ursula Boese