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Richard Wagner: Lohengrin [Bonus Disc]
     

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin [Bonus Disc]

by Jess Thomas
 

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Rudolf Kempe's 1963 performance of Wagner's "Lohengrin" is irrefutably a great recording of the opera. One could point to the unrivaled cast of men -- Gottlob Frick's noble King Henry, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's nuanced Friedrich von Telramund, and

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Rudolf Kempe's 1963 performance of Wagner's "Lohengrin" is irrefutably a great recording of the opera. One could point to the unrivaled cast of men -- Gottlob Frick's noble King Henry, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's nuanced Friedrich von Telramund, and Jess Thomas' heroic Lohengrin -- and to the superbly cast women -- Elisabeth Grümmer's silver-voiced Elsa and Christa Ludwig's subtler Ortud -- or to the beautifully blended Chor der Wiener Staatsoper, or the simply magnificent Wiener Philharmoniker. But, as Wagner would say, it's the total art work that counts, and Kempe's "Lohengrin" is certainly a total work of art. The drama on-stage is brilliantly and persuasively portrayed by singing actors who form a powerfully effective ensemble, while Kempe coordinates everything on-stage with the musical drama taking place in the pit with the Vienna Philharmonic, the world's greatest opera orchestra, providing not only glorious waves of sound but also context, continuity, and meaning. Captured in ravishingly lovely stereo sound, this is a "Lohengrin" for the ages.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2010
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099945646522
catalogNumber:
56465
Rank:
17586

Tracks

  1. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75
  2. Untitled CD-ROM Track
  3. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75

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