Not sure I needed to plunk for the full Wagner Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle, this Georg Solti (and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) collection of orchestral excerpts from the great scenes was quite cheap, and it scratched my immediate itch to hear Wagner.
I’m not even an opera fan, but there’s no doubting the sincerity in the music. These renditions are wonderful. There’s a clarity to it all, and it’s incredibly powerful. Dammit, now I’m going to need the full thing.