Post by Peter
How does this 2012 CD remastering compare to the first CD release of this
Ring in the early eighties?
I suppose that it depends on how much money you have, how much you like Solti's RING, how often you play it, and what kind of equipment you have.
I'm not much of a Solti fan, but I've owned this RING in every CD incarnation (generally bought when I could find a bargain). On CD, the biggest difference is between the first (early 80's) CD issue and the 1997 box, which sounds both clearer and fuller, with less audible hiss. The 2012 remaster, which I have only on CD (it's the recently issued white clamshell box) sounds very, very slightly improved compared to 1997.
Assuming that you're listening via a decent audio system, the 2012 remaster is worth the minimal price being asked (as of this AM, it's $36 on Amazon). In addition to improved sonics, Decca fixed some rather inconvenient and unnecessary breaks in musical continuity in Gotterdammerung (these were fixed in 1997).