Can any one reading of Wagner’s epic operatic cycle ever satisfy the demands of its huge audiences?

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Mike Ashman visits the musical immortals and the younger gods of today to deliver his verdict on the complete Ring on record

Revisiting the first act of the 1964 Georg Solti/Decca Götterdämmerung is to be reminded of this first-released Ring’s virtuoso orchestral playing at the service of the score, inventive casting, and the bold attempt by John Culshaw’s recording team to use (and sustain for long periods) distinctive acoustics on the voices in particular scenes and “block” out an aural stage production with wide cross-speaker stereo moves. They also alternate the .....

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