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Shopping for Wagner: Five Great Recordings

by William Berger
May 29, 2008

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These days, the Internet is abuzz with newcomers to the world of Richard Wagner asking for advice on which recordings to buy. This is understandable, considering that a new-release CD set of a Wagner opera can put you out as much as $90. Who wouldn't need some guidance?

The debate over which are the best recordings opens up a Pandora's Box of singers and their interpretations of roles. This is a personal matter, and no one can tell you how to react to a certain voice. This doesn't mean people won't try, however, so keep this in mind when someone—like me—is in raptures about a particular work. The list below contains some exceptional recordings no Wagner fan would be ashamed to own.

To learn more about Wagner — the man and his music — click here.

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William Berger is the author of several books on opera including "Verdi with a Vengeance," "Puccini Without Excuses," and "Wagner Without Fear."

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