CDs / DVDs, 29. August 2014
The best 'live' Ring since Böhm's at Bayreuth 55 years ago.
Hartmut Haenchen's Ring cycle from Amsterdam is an important document of a wildly brilliant production by Pierre Audi. ... Haenchen's flexible yet profound leadership, an excellent orchestra and chorus and some very fine individual performances in the lead roles.

Linda Watson's Brünnhilde is outstanding as well. ... I enjoyed her Immolation more than any other soprano who has recorded this role commercially over the past 20 years. Not since Behrens (for Sawallisch on EMI) has this part been so vividly rendered on recording.

So I am grateful to Haenchen and Etcetera for preserving this purely aural example of this fine Danish tenor's art. (Stig Andersen)
Ganze Rezension, 19. November 2009
5 Star
Hartmut Haenchen is a very fine Wagnerian and his orchestras (which change with each opera) are superb. They easily survive comparison with the more famous orchestras that have recorded this work, though clearly they aren't the Vienna Philharmonic, nor is the fine Dutch chorus on the same level as the chorus of the Bayreuth Festival or Bavarian State opera.
What is most appreciated in Haenchen's direction is his high-lighting of many beautiful details, especially in the woodwind section. He is fleet-footed in his direction, like Boulez and Böhm, but never glip, or merely sliding over the surface of the more profound moments.