Ring of the Nibelung
Commentaries by Barry Millington, Elizabeth Magee, Roger Hollinrake and Warren Darcy
Ring of the Nibelung unlocks the drama of Wagner’s epic cycle of gods, giants and heroes, with the acclaimed translation of the original libretto, authoritative commentaries and enchanting illustrations.
‘Perhaps the greatest genius that ever lived.’
- W. H. Auden
Based upon characters and storylines from Norse legend and the medieval poem Das Nibelungenlied, the Ring cycle transports the listener to a landscape of gods, giants and dwarfs, tortured heroes and enchanted treasures. In this lavish one-volume edition, The Folio Society presents Stewart Spencer’s definitive translation of Wagner’s original libretto, alongside essays and commentaries by his co-editor Barry Millington and some of the world’s most eminent Wagnerian scholars. The words are beautifully illuminated by the veteran British illustrator John Vernon Lord – himself a man with an intimate understanding of the composer’s craft. It is the essential guide to the Ring cycle, and a work that all Wagnerians will want on their bookshelf.
The scale of Wagner’s achievement is epic, with the entire cycle taking around 15 hours in performance. Spencer’s lively prose helps the listener follow every nuance of the German libretto, with its richly allusive language and layers of mysticism – making for a heightened appreciation of the complex psychological drama.
Bound in screen-printed and blocked cloth
Set in Bembo
17 black and white integrated illustrations with gold rules, 8 pages of black and white integrated images