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Discussion: Wagner: Der Ring - Solti

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Post by terence October 15, 2014 (1 of 11)
I wonder does this Blu-Ray Solti Ring increase the likelihood of a hi-res download becoming available? I hope so.

Post by rosenkavalier817 October 15, 2014 (2 of 11)
The 24/48 downloads have been available for some time, since the Deluxe Ring was released.

Post by Ubertrout October 15, 2014 (3 of 11)
The problem has been that at $50 per opera, the price for 24/48 downloads is the same as the deluxe box that includes the Blu-Ray of all the operas in 24/48.

Post by Kveld-Úlfr October 20, 2014 (4 of 11)
... and this BD-A alone looks like it costs a little less than 100, that is only a bit less than half the price of the 17xCD + 1xDVD + 1xBD-A boxset by the same label Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen - Solti (258) ???!!!
This is one horribly expensive single disc !

Post by Fitzcaraldo215 October 20, 2014 (5 of 11)
Kveld-Úlfr said:

... and this BD-A alone looks like it costs a little less than 100, that is only a bit less than half the price of the 17xCD + 1xDVD + 1xBD-A boxset by the same label Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen - Solti (258) ???!!!
This is one horribly expensive single disc !

Yes, but it is easily worth every penny. This, "the greatest recorded cycle of all time", has never sounded better than this. That is not to say its sonics are not dated in some ways and inferior to many more modern recordings. But, it is still a quite remarkably good sounding glimpse into a, perhaps THE, greatest historical landmark in recorded history. Performance-wise and in terms of casting, it is the benchmark for Ring recordings and performances.

Plus, it is, what, 15+ hours on one disc. Should you be paying for some small, marginal profit over the single disc manufacturing cost? Or, should you be thanking modern technology for the amazing quantity of outstanding music that could be accommodated on a single disc? I paid much more for the LP set back in the late 70's - much, much more inflation-adjusted - and it just does not sound this good.

Hey, you could always find that Esoteric set on SACD, which cost way, way more and which, there is reason to believe, is not as well mastered. Plus, with the SACD's you get to have all the fun of changing discs.

Post by Ubertrout October 20, 2014 (6 of 11)
I think the point is not that it is worth the cost, but rather that at the cost you had might as well get the deluxe edition with all the CDs and books along with the BD-A.

Post by Boilers October 21, 2014 (7 of 11)
Of course, everyone will have a different perspective on this but I for one will be delighted to get hold of a Hi-Res verison of the Solti Ring for less than $100. To me that's great value, and I can also dispose of the LPs at long last!

Post by terence October 21, 2014 (8 of 11)
rosenkavalier817 said:

The 24/48 downloads have been available for some time, since the Deluxe Ring was released.

Do you know where I can buy them?

Post by Claude October 21, 2014 (9 of 11)
HDtracks (USA)

Post by terence November 12, 2014 (10 of 11)
Qobuz now advertising the hi-res downloads for later this month.

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