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Item Condition: Most records UNPLAYED MINT. Others NM played once or twice on audiophile system. Boxes in exceptional condition for age VG+. Sleeves and booklets in NM condition.
Shipping Options: Pickup available and you can audition.,Shipping is available at agreed cost.
Suburb or Town: Bronte (Sydney Eastern Suburbs)
State: New South Wales
Payment Method: Paypal, EFT, Cash on pickup
Reason for selling: Financial stress

Further information: 

This Georg Solti / Vienna Philharmonic Wagner Ring performance/recording is still regarded by many as the best on record, and no subsequent reissue even gets close to equalling these spectacularly good limited edition pressings by Decca UK.

 

Released in 1970 as a limited special edition. 22 records in 5 boxes enclosed in a uniquely designed outer slipcase.

 

At the time it was the highest priced record set on the market and sold out soon after release! I recall "Mr Rowe Street" (Sydney's most iconic classical record store owner) pointing to the "last unsold copy in Australia" and the following week it was gone.

The boxes are now 50 years old and inevitably the outer cover and box spines have sustained minor degradation over that time, but remain in beautiful condition overall. I've conservatively classed them as VG+.

Everything else ranges from NM to MINT condition!!! Most of the vinyl has NEVER been played.

Each box has full libretto in German and English along with detailed synopsis of each opera as well as technical recording details.

 

The full set weighs just under 12 kg before packing it up protectively for shipping, so allow at least 13 kg shipping weight. Note that I have access to much better insured interstate shipping rates than Australia Post. For instance estimate for fast door-to-door delivery to inner Melbourne OR even inner Perth suburbs from Sydney, including insurance, would be under $30! 

There is a similar-condition set (maybe not quite as good) on eBay for UK£330 (about AU$600) plus shipping (+$200 to Australia) plus GST.

 

PRICE IS NEGOTIABLE
 

Additional information from Discogs

Wagner's Der Ring Des Nibelungen
22 LP Decca Box Set
Incredible 1970 UK TWENTY TWO stereo LP boxed set of the complete edition of Richard Wagner's four part opera, 'Der Ring des Nibelungen', also known as 'The Ring Cycle' featuring the four operas 'Das Rheingold','Die Walkure', 'Siegfried' and 'Gotterdammerung'.

There is also a unique three record introduction to 'The Ring' set narrated by Deryck Cooke featuring excerpts from the four operas.

Each opera is in its own separate wooden ended partition with full size libretto booklets containing synopsis & full transcription for the operas.
The performance is THE classic version by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Georg Solti,
 a powerful orchestral drama, phenomenal performance and superb sound.

The whole ensemble is enclosed in a very weighty carved wooden box with gilded front panel.

Details of Records:

DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN

* Guide & Introduction to "Der Ring des Nibelungen" by Deryck Cooke
* Recording year: 1968
* Record number: ZAL 8422-7
* Number of LP’s: THREE
* Orchestra: Introduction By (Sir) Georg Solti

DAS RHIENGOLD

* Recording year: 1958
* Record number: ZAL 4260-5
* Number of LP’s: THREE
* Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Vienna State Opera Chorus, conducted by (Sir) Georg Solti.
* Cast: Jean Madeira, Set Svanholm, George London, Kirsten Flagstad. Claire Watson, Gustav Neidlinger, Kurt Böhme, Eberhard Wächter, Walter Kreppel

DIE WALKÜRE

* Recording year: 1966
* Record number: ZAL 7131 – 7140
* Number of LP’s: FIVE
* Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Vienna State Opera Chorus, conducted by (Sir) Georg Solti.
* Cast: Gottlob Frick, Regine Crespin, James King, Brigit Nilsson, Christa Ludwig

SIEGFRIED

* Recording year: 1963
* Record number: ZAL 5742-52
* Number of LP’s: FIVE
* Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Vienna State Opera Chorus, conducted by (Sir) Georg Solti.
* Cast: Wolfgang Windgassen, Brigit Nilsson, Hans Hotter, Gerhard Stolze, Gustav Neidlinger, Kurt Bohme, Marga Hoffgen

GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG

* Recording year: 1965
* Record number: ZAL 6673-6684
* Number of LP’s: SIX
* Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Vienna State Opera Chorus, conducted by (Sir) Georg Solti
* Cast: Briget Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen, Gustav Neidlinger, Gottlob Frick, Claire Watson Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christa Ludwig, Lucia Popp, Gwyneth Jones, Maureen Guy, Helen Watts, Grace Hoffman, Anita Välkki


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13 minutes ago, RobbC said:

this makes me want to buy a record spinner...what a cast !

 

Not just the cast, which is amazing. Decca literally reinvented opera recording for this mammoth ground-breaking project. And Sir Georg Solti regarded it as the most important achievement of his phenomenal career.

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