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Solti - Wagner - The Operas

Solti - Wagner - The Operas by Sir Georg Solti
Released: Oct 2012
Label: Decca
The one-conductor does one-composer "box set" idea reaches a climax here. Solti recorded all of Wagner's mature (read: long) operas for Decca, which is celebrating the conductor's centenary with this remastered 36-CD set. (It includes their 12-CD set of Solti's Ring Cycle.) Solti had sweep, suspense -- and some historically great casts of singers. Full immersion is probably the way to go with Wagner, and carrying this set around for a few weeks (or years) is as strong an immersive experience as you could ever hope to draw from one release. Find librettos (or summaries) online and get cracking.
Seth Colter Walls