Composer(s):
Genre(s):
Opera
Period(s):
Romantic
Label:
Orfeo
Catalogue No:
C691063D
Barcode:
4011790691329
Release Date:
03/2017
Available Format(s):
CD

Wagner: Lohengrin

The success of any performance of Lohengrin depends in no small way on the protagonist’s ability to combine heroic radiance with the cultivated tone associated with the bel canto repertory. In this regard the Hungarian tenor
Sándor Kónya has always been regarded by cognoscenti as unsurpassable, such was his matchless ability to combine nobility of timbre, radiant top notes, simple elegance in his phrasing and the subtlest dynamic shadings. The fact that he was also the Swan Knight of one’s dreams in terms of his appearance and acting is unfortunately something we can now tell only from photographs of Wieland Wagner’s production, which was first seen at Bayreuth in 1958. A live recording of the 1959 revival is now available on the Orfeo label. In addition to this feast for the ears, the accompanying booklet follows the model adopted by our earlier Bayreuth releases and includes an introductory essay by the festival’s press officer, Peter Emmerich, as well as numerous illustrations documenting the visual delights of the production.

Kónya’s partners are no less outstanding: in Elisabeth Grümmer (Elsa) and Franz Crass (King Henry) we have two more interpreters able to marry clear diction with a beautiful singing tone, an ability that was later to be increasingly lost. The demonic couple of Ortrud and Telramund is taken by Rita Gorr and Ernest Blanc, who provide the most striking imaginable contrast with the radiant Elsa and Lohengrin. Neither of them specialized in character roles in the heavy German tradition but had learnt to produce dark tone colours on the basis of the naturally covered vowels typical of the French school of singing. As the Herald, the young Eberhard Waechter was luxury casting, while particular pleasure in this choral opera par excellence is afforded by the Bayreuth Festival Chorus under its legendary chorus master Wilhelm Pitz. Making his Bayreuth Festival début was the conductor Lovro von Matacic, who that same year also appeared for the first time at both La Scala, Milan, and the Vienna State Opera. He went on to conduct dozens of other successful performances, chiefly of the Italian repertory. His Lohengrin is correspondingly notable for its effervescent brio and italianità. The result is a reading of remarkable unity, a performance once much sought after by record collectors and now finally officially available in the optimal sound quality that typifies all Orfeo releases in its Festspieldokumente series.


Lohengrin
1.     Act I: Prelude
09:49
2.     Act I Scene 1: Hort! Grafen, Edle, Freie von Brabant! (Herald, Brabantines, The King, Saxons)
04:41
3.     Act I Scene 1: Dank, Konig, dir, dass du zu richten kamst! (Friedrich, All The Men, The King, Herald)
06:22
4.     Act I Scene 2: Seht ihn! Sie naht, die hart Beklagte! (All The Men, The King, Elsa)
03:35
5.     Act I Scene 2: Einsam in truben Tagen hab' ich zu Gott gefleht (Elsa, All The Men, The King, Friedrich)
07:47
6.     Act I Scene 2: Des Ritters will ich wahren (Elsa, All The Men, The King, Herald)
01:55
7.     Act I Scene 2: Wer hier in Gotteskampfe zu streiten kam (Herald, All The Men, Friedrich, Elsa, The King, Ladies, First and Second Chorus)
05:40
8.     Act I Scene 3: Nun sei bedankt, mein lieber Schwan! (Lohengrin, The King, Elsa, Chorus)
08:56
9.     Act I: Welch holde Wunder muss ich seh'n! (Lohengin, Friedrich, The King, Chorus)
03:34
10.     Act I Scene 3: Nun horet mich und achtet wohl (Herald, Lohengin, Friedrich, Chorus)
02:18
11.     Act I Scene 3: Mein Herr und Gott, nun ruf ich dich (The King, Elsa, Lohengin, Friedrich, Ortrud, Chorus)
04:17
12.     Act I Scene 3: Durch Gottes Sieg ist jetzt dein Leben mein (Lohengin, The King, Elsa, Orturd, Friedrich, Chorus)
04:44

Disc 2

1.     Act II: Prelude
04:27
2.     Act II Scene 1: Erhebe dich, Genossin meiner Schmach! (Friedrich, Ortrud)
03:12
3.     Act II Scene 1: Was macht dich in so wilder Klage doch vergeh'n? (Orturd, Friedrich)
03:37
4.     Act II Scene 1: Du wilde Seherin! Wie willst du doch (Friedrich, Ortrud)
06:38
5.     Act II Scene 2: Euch Luften, die mein Klagen (Elsa, Ortrud, Friedrich)
03:44
6.     Act II Scene 2: Wer ruft? Wie schauerlich und klagend (Elsa, Ortrud)
04:05
7.     Act II Scene 2: Entweihte Gotter, helft jetzt meiner Rache! (Ortrud)
01:08
8.     Act II Scene 2: Ortrud, wo bist du? (Elsa, Ortrud, Friedrich)
10:05
9.     Act II Scene 3: Im Fruh'n versammelt uns der Ruf (Chorus)
04:23
10.     Act II Scene 3: Des Konigs Wort und Will' tu' ich euch kund (Herald, Chorus, Four Nobles, Friedrich, Four Pages)
07:11
11.     Act II Scene 4: Gesegnet soll sie schreiten (Chorus)
05:27
12.     Act II Scene 4: Zuruck, Elsa! Nicht langer will ich dulden (Ortrud, Elsa, The King, Lohengrin, Chorus)
08:48
13.     Act II Scene 4: O Konig! Trugbetorte Fursten! Haltet ein! (Friedrich, The King, Lohengrin, Chorus)
05:24
14.     Act II Scene 4: Welch ein Geheimnis muss der Held Bewahren? (The King, Lohengrin, Friedrich, Ortrud, Elsa, Chorus)
04:20
15.     Act II Scene 4: Mein Held entgeg'ne kuhn dem Ungetreuen! (The King, Lohegrin, Friedrich, Elsa, Chorus)
07:10

Disc 3

1.     Act III: Prelude
02:57
2.     Act III Scene 1: Treulich gefuhrt, ziehet dahin (Wedding March) (Chorus)
04:40
3.     Act III Scene 2: Das susse Lied verhallt; wir sind allein (Lohengrin, Elsa)
03:40
4.     Act III Scene 2: Wie hehr erkenn' ich unsrer Liebe Wesen! (Lohengrin, Elsa)
08:26
5.     Act III Scene 2: Hochstes Vertrau'n hast du mir schon zu danken (Lohengrin, Elsa)
06:00
6.     Act III Scene 2: Ach nein! (Elsa, Lohengrin)
06:53
7.     Act III Scene 3: Heil, Konig Heinrich! (All The Men, The King, Four Nobles)
04:04
8.     Act III Scene 3: Habt Dank, ihr Lieben von Brabant! (The King, Choir)
01:51
9.     Act III Scene 3: Was bringen die? (The King, The 4 Noble, Lohengrin, Chorus))
07:56
10.     Act III Scene 3: In fernem Land, unnahbar eu'ren Schritten (Lohengrin, The King, Chorus)
05:56
11.     Act III Scene 3: Mir schwankt der Boden! Welche Nacht! (Elsa, Lohengrin, Chorus)
01:40
12.     Act III Scene 3: Mein lieber Schwan! (Lohengrin, The King, Men, Women, Ortrud, Elsa)
08:38

Total Playing Time: 03:25:58