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Olga Samaroff & Frank La Forge (piano): The Complete Recordings (APR)

Highly enjoyable playing by two pioneers of American pianism [RCh]

Wagner: The Complete Experience and its Meaning to Us (De la Porte Publishing)

Now a truly complete guide to Wagner’s operas, in a fine new edition [RWe]

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Ernst Viebig (conductor) 1933: Les chefs proscrits (Forgotten Records)

A lesser light in German conducting flourishes in light overtures and waltzes in Weimar Berlin [JW]

Thomas Quasthoff (bass- baritone) Evening Star (Deutsche Grammophon)

A cunningly devised programme ideally showcasing Quasthoff’s vocal versatility and dramatic gifts [RMo]

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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Naxos)

Some good performances do little to redeem this drab, even absurd production of Meistersinger [LW]

475 Jahre Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Profil)

Many first-class performances to celebrate the 475th anniversary of the Staatskapelle Dresden [MC]

Wagner: Lohengrin (RCA)

There is much to savour in this 59 year-old set [MP]

Wagner: Götterdämmerung (Pristine Audio)

The culmination of a great Ring cycle has a place among the best: scintillating singing, playing and conducting [RMo]

Wagner: Die Walküre (Naxos)

A Wagner production from hell to be avoided at all possible costs [PCG]

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Wagner: Parsifal (Sony Classical)

A decent account of the score let down by vocalism which ranges from mediocre to poor [MBu]

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Wagner: Siegfried (Pristine Audio)

Another majestic instalment of living theatre  – the best so far – in Kna’s 1956 Bayreuth Ring, in superb sound but again afflicted by persistent coughing [RMo]

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Wagner: Die Walküre (Pristine Audio)

Pristine’s stereo remastering reveals its glories yet more vividly – but unfortunately also highlights the constant hacking of the audience and Windgassen’s coordination problems. [RMo]

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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Naxos)

A strong musical performance hampered by the directors’ silly concept and by technical issues with the sound [ST]

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Wagner: Das Rheingold (Pristine Audio)

A great performance revitalised in extraordinarily vivid sound – another Pristine remastering triumph [RMo]

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Michael Spyres (tenor) In The Shadows (Erato)

I enjoyed some unhackneyed repertoire and the marvellous singing [GF]

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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Warner Classics)

Beautiful sonorities throughout but the conductor’s approach is an emotional letdown and hampers the stellar cast [MP]

Neville Marriner (conductor): The Complete Warner Classics Recordings (Warner Classics)

An 80-CD centenary salute to Marriner, with (or without) his ASMF [JW]

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Wagner: Das Rheingold (Opus Arte)

A superb fusion of singing, music and stagecraft [AOz]

Wagner: Die Feen (Orfeo)

A very fine cast and excellent sound makes this a decent version of Wagner’s difficult first opera [MP]

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Wagner: Die Walküre (Decca)

The last instalment of the Decca ‘Ring’ enhanced by remastering in magnificent sound [JQ]

Wagner: Das Liebesverbot (Orfeo)

A colourful Wagnerian romp with two outstanding interpreters among the large cast [MP]

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Wagner: Das Rheingold (Decca)

A classic Wagner recording in magnificently remastered sound [JQ]

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Daniel Behle (tenor) R Strauss & Wagner (Prospero)

An important album. One which may surprise those who admire this tenor’s Mozart recordings [MP]

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Wagner: Lohengrin (Decca)

(Déjà Review) This set wins hands down [JP]