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Wagner’s Ring Cycle

Featured in ‘20 best’ Guardian Apps Blog

Step into the Ring! This iPad app is aimed at anyone with an interest in Wagner’s monumental operatic achievement Der Ring des Nibelungen (‘The Ring of the Nibelung’).

Whether you are intimately acquainted with the cycle or a newcomer to it, you can enjoy a clearly and beautifully presented outline of the work’s so-called ‘leitmotifs’. These musical calling-cards are woven in a sophisticated web throughout all four operas – Das Rheingold (‘The Rhinegold’), Die Walküre (‘The Valkyrie’), Siegfried and Götterdämmerung (‘Twilight of the Gods’): here is the chance to get to grips with them, refresh your memory, and enhance your listening experience.

Of course the Ring is about more than motifspotting, and there is plenty of background material here as well (see Features below).

With its particular recording and publishing expertise, Naxos is perfectly placed to celebrate Richard Wagner’s anniversary year with this groundbreaking app.


“An indispensible guide to understanding the stories, music and history of Wagner’s epic four-opera cycle.”
Sinfini Music 4 stars

“Condensing opera’s biggest works into a small space, the app is a helpful way of getting to grips with the entire Ring cycle.”
BBC Music Magazine 4 stars

“…a valuable and worthy addition to material relating to the Ring—and the leitmotifs especially.”
The Wagnerian

“For a Wagner fan, this is probably the very best way to understand and absorb the ground-breaking emotional building blocks found within the Ring cycle.”