The best recordings of Wagner

We choose some of the finest recordings of Wagner's great operatic works on disc

Wagner best recordings
Published: May 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

Die Meistersinger
Gerald Finley et al; LPO, Glyndebourne Chorus/Vladimir Jurowski
Opus Arte OA1085D (DVD)

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An intimate, glowing performance, with Gerald Finley on form as Hans Sachs.

Die Walküre
Matthias Goerne et al; Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra/Jaap van Zweden
Naxos 8.660394-97

A high-quality performance of the most passionate Ring opera at a bargain price.

Overtures & Preludes
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
Chandos CHSA5126

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.

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Authors

Freya ParrDigital Editor and Staff Writer, BBC Music Magazine

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.

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