Gerald Finley et al; LPO, Glyndebourne Chorus/Vladimir Jurowski
Opus Arte OA1085D (DVD)
An intimate, glowing performance, with Gerald Finley on form as Hans Sachs.
Matthias Goerne et al; Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra/Jaap van Zweden
A high-quality performance of the most passionate Ring opera at a bargain price.
Overtures & Preludes
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
From Die Feen to Die Meistersinger, an orchestral disc that shows Wagner at his most vivid.
The Ring Cycle
Birgit Nilsson, Hans Hotter et al; Vienna PO/Georg Solti
Decca 478 8370
The most spectacular Ring of all and a landmark of recorded music history.
Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.