Having a Wagner collection lacking in much from Bayreuth, I couldn’t resist the recently released 33 CD Decca collection (4780279) which cost me £38. I haven’t listened yet but perusing the [generally reasonable for a budget-box] documentation I was puzzled by some of the dates ascribed to the recording of Bohm’s Ring i.e. 1971 for Das Rheingold and Siegfried. My understanding from the Gramophone Good CD and Penguin Guides was that the whole cycle dated from 1967 (the dates here ascribed to Die Walkure and Gotterdammerung).
I very much doubt that 1971 can be correct. The linked article suggests that Bohm conducted the Ring at Bayreuth from 1965-7 and returned in 1971 for the Dutchman. http://www.wagneroperas.com/indexwagneriansconductors.html
Curiously, Alan Blyth’s book Opera on Record gives 1966 as the date for these two operas (and 1967 for the other two). The Gramofile doesn’t give a date for Siegfried but gives 196 as the date for Rheingold (!) perhaps indicative of uncertainty. Maybe older incarnations of the cycle will have the precise dates or there is some authoritative source that I haven’t yet found? All this assumes that there is only one Bayreuth recording of the Ring conducted by Bohm. Can anyone throw any light on this? Is it a complete cycle from one year or not?
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