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In any other year, it would be rare to find a staging of the complete Ring cycle by Wagner – expensive, controversial, hugely demanding. But in this, Wagner’s bicentenary year, opera houses around the world have been clamouring to stage his four-part epic.

And the same is true in the recording world. But some orchestras opted for a ‘highlights’ disc – as in the case of this disc from the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer.

This week’s free download includes is the orchestral interludes ‘Dawn’ and ‘Siegfried’s Rhine Journey’.

You can hear what the BBC Music Magazine team thought of the recording on one of our recent ‘First Listen’ podcasts here.

The recording was given five stars in the August issue of BBC Music Magazine and our critic Michael Scott Rohan said: ‘Iván Fischer isn’t especially known for Wager, but his brief notes suggest great admiration, and he and his Budapest Festival Orchestra certainly acquit themselves rather well… soprano Petra Lang makes a memorably elegiac if slightly wild Brünnhilde.’

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