What makes the Amsterdam Ring especially noteworthy is it ideal, and the near-ideal execution.
...Both Haenchen and Audi attained their expressed goals in this wonderful production, where accuracy and good acting lead the way. The alert richness of the orchestra is superhuman: such a large ensemble performing at chamber-music intensity, even at the end of five hours' playing...
The Netherlands Philharmonic is Amsterdam's "other" orchestra, fated to be in the shadow of the Royal Concertgebouw. Yet it proved itself measure for measure as not only a competent technical machine, but as an inspired cast of instrumentalists, tutti as well as soli in this jooyous, festive Ring. Long, narrative, operatic melodies were "sung" by all ensemble sections.