Composer(s):
Conductor(s):
Genre(s):
Opera
Period(s):
Romantic
Label:
Orfeo
Catalogue No:
C862133D
Barcode:
4011790862323
Release Date:
03/2017
Available Format(s):
CD

Wagner: Lohengrin

For a performance of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin to be completely successful, it depends largely on the “evil” couple who stand opposed to the Swan Knight and the girl he protects, Elsa. The 1965 production at the Vienna State Opera was acclaimed for its musical aspects, and on its opening night Christa Ludwig as Ortrud made evident why Wagner himself described this character as “terribly magnificent”. Christa Ludwig celebrates her 85th birthday on 16 March 2013, and with her interpretation of roles such as this she secured for herself a place in the annals of the Vienna State Opera. Her curse (“Entweihte Götter!”) was accorded spontaneous ovations by the audience. And the subtlety that she brings to this role – straddling as it does the range of a dramatic soprano and a dramatic mezzo – makes this sorceress the undisputed manipulator of the action. All this can be heard clearly, too, on this live recording. With the dramatic baritone Walter Berry as Telramund, she had a partner on that evening whose vocal power was hitherto largely unsuspected – yet who offered no less vocal sophistication on account of it. Overall, the performance on that evening was stormier and more agitated than many a more “ethereal”, enraptured version such as one often hears. It was driven onwards with precision by Karl Böhm at the helm of the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, and with a State Opera Chorus that had been excellently prepared by Wilhelm Pitz. Eberhard Waechter as the Herold and Martti Talvela as King Heinrich were powerfully resplendent, while Claire Watson as Elsa and Jess Thomas as the title hero formed the “good” couple, rounding off this superb cast with their bright tone colours. Her voice – schooled in Mozart – was slender and clear in focus, while his virile tenor, clear in accentuation and in diction, offered a model of the Wagner style of the 1960s that also dominated in Bayreuth (and was preferred by the director of this Vienna production, Wieland Wagner). This Lohengrin offered a modern reading in the best sense of the word, allowing the characters their mythical grandeur while at the same time letting them approach the contemporary audience as men and women of flesh and blood.

 

 


Lohengrin
1.     Act I: Prelude
10:01
2.     Act I: Hort! Grafen, Edle, Freie von Brabant!
04:19
3.     Act I: Dank, Konig, dir, dass du zu richten kamst!
06:30
4.     Act I: Seht ihn! Sie naht, die hart Beklagte!
03:16
5.     Act I: Einsam in truben Tagen hab' ich zu Gott gefleht
05:17
6.     Act I: Gott allein soll jezt in dieser Sache noch entscheiden!
01:48
7.     Act I: Des Ritters will ich wahren
02:04
8.     Act I: Wer hier in Gotteskampfe zu streiten kam
05:37
9.     Act I: Nun sei bedankt, mein lieber Schwan!
02:19
10.     Act I: Heil, Konig Heinrich!
07:08
11.     Act I: Nun hort! Euch, Volk und Edlen, mach' ich kund
04:30
12.     Act I: Mein Herr und Gott, nun ruf ich dich
04:25
13.     Act I: Durch Gottes Sieg ist jetzt dein Leben mein
04:36

Disc 2

1.     Act II: Prelude
03:25
2.     Act II: Erhebe dich, Genossin meiner Schmach!
07:40
3.     Act II: Du wilde Seherin! Wie willst du doch
06:30
4.     Act II: Euch Luften, die mein Klagen
03:26
5.     Act II: Elsa! … Wer ruft?
03:55
6.     Act II: Entweihte Gotter, helft jetzt meiner Rache!
01:41
7.     Act II: Hier, zu deinen Fussen
09:24
8.     Interlude
02:26
9.     Act II: In Fruh'n vesammelt unds der Ruf
01:26
10.     Act II: Des Konigs Wort und Will' tu' ich euch kund
02:55
11.     Act II: Nun hort, was er durch mich euch sagen lasst
03:55
12.     Act II: Gesegnet soll sie schreiten
04:48
13.     Act II: Zuruck, Elsa! Nicht langer will ich dulden
05:12
14.     Act II: Heil! Heil dem Konig!
03:04
15.     Act II: O Konig! Trugbetorte Fursten! Haltet ein!
03:10
16.     Act II: Nicht dir, der so vergass der Ehren
06:04
17.     Act II: Mein Held, entgegne kuhn dem Ungetreuen
01:45
18.     Act II: Elsa, erhebe dich!
05:17

Disc 3

1.     Act III: Prelude
03:05
2.     Act III: Treulich gefuhrt, ziehet dahin (Wedding March)
04:23
3.     Act III: Das susse Lied verhallt; wir sind allein
06:38
4.     Act III: Atmest du nicht mit mir die sussen Dufte?
04:31
5.     Act III: Hochstes Vertrau'n hast du mir schon zu danken
03:44
6.     Act III: Hilf Gott, was muss ich horen!
03:18
7.     Act III: Weh, nun ist all undser gluck dahin!
04:32
8.     Act III: Verwandlung
03:16
9.     Act III: Habt Dank, ihr Lieben von Brabant!
04:08
10.     Act III: Mein Herr und Konig
04:28
11.     Act III: In fernem Land, unnahbar eu'ren Schritten
06:40
12.     Act III: Mein lieber Schwan!
03:47
13.     Act III: Fahr' heim! Du stolzer Helde!
03:59

Total Playing Time: 03:14:22