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Wagner: Lohengrin
Richard [Classical] Wagner, Eugen Jochum, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Wagner: Lohengrin
Genre: Classical
 
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This 1954 recording, live from Bayreuth, finds the very young Birgit Nilsson in the role of Elsa. It is an attractive portrayal; she plays Elsa, in a very believable fashion, for the frail, needy creature she is. The gleam...  more »

      
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This 1954 recording, live from Bayreuth, finds the very young Birgit Nilsson in the role of Elsa. It is an attractive portrayal; she plays Elsa, in a very believable fashion, for the frail, needy creature she is. The gleaming top notes are in evidence as well. Wolfgang Windgassen's not-quite heldentenor is precisely right for Lohengrin, and he sings with sensitivity and authority, in both introspective and public moments. Hermann Uhde's Telramund is a nice, evil conception, and Astrid Varnay's ferocious Ortrud is breathtaking--the slight ugliness that began creeping into her voice around this period is just right for the manipulative, odious Ortrud. Theo Adam's King is distinguished. The Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus perform as if the music were in their blood, which, of course, it is. Jochum's leadership can't be faulted. He keeps the action flowing with never eccentric tempi, and the ensembles hold together nicely. This inexpensive set is a welcome addition to anyone's Wagner collection. --Robert Levine

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One of the best-sung and well-acted versions available
09/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The cast of this Lohengrin is superb. Windgassen presents a genuinely moving portrayal of Lohengrin, especially in the monologue. In her debut season at Bayreuth, Nilsson offers a beautifully sung and well-characterized Elsa. Her silvery tone is perfect for the naive and inexperienced young woman. Varnay is an unparalleled Ortrud. Her frightening intensity makes other interpreters of this role pale by comparison. The climax of this recording is Act II, with Varnay's harrowing duets with her well-matched Telramund (Uhde) and Nilsson. Just listen to the way Varnay spits out the word "Gott." It will send shivers up your spine. She was a magnificent singing actress, and her performance is one factor that makes this recording such a gem."
An exciting and committed Lohengrin
08/08/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Eugen Jochum leads an incredibly dynamic and powerful Lohengrin recorded live at Bayreuth in 1954. The entire cast is strong: Windgassen is good in the title role, and Birgit Nilsson is great as Elsa. However, I actually find the other "couple" in this opera, Friedrich and Ortrud (portrayed by Hermann Uhde and Astrid Varnay), to be even better. Their machinations are gripping and Varnay really sings the pants off her role. They make Act II one of the most enjoyable opera experiences I've heard on disc. In a limited role, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is perfectly cast as The Herald. The orchestral playing is classic Jochum, rugged and never dragging. Considering its age, the recording quality is really quite good. Highly recommended."
Yup, a must-have indeed
Stanley Hauer | Hattiesburg, MS USA | 06/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Any Wagnerian should rush to purchase this set before it goes out of production. Hands-down the best "Lohengrin" on record, it preserves a performance from the golden age of Bayreuth. (Alas, look at the place now . . . ) Nilsson is incandescent, and Varnay's Ortrud is the standard by which all others are measured. Sound is good for its time."