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Wagner: Lohengrin (4 CDs)
 
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Wagner: Lohengrin (4 CDs)

8 July 2002 | Format: MP3

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1
9:46
2
4:46
3
6:34
4
3:55
5
4:23
6
5:09
7
5:09
8
3:50
9
6:32
10
2:17
11
7:01
12
4:17
Disc 2
1
4:22
2
7:47
3
7:57
4
4:00
5
4:47
6
4:12
7
8:20
Disc 3
1
5:02
2
8:21
3
6:03
4
9:08
5
5:31
6
5:07
7
6:50
Disc 4
1
3:10
2
5:35
3
2:20
4
6:08
5
4:49
6
7:53
7
4:14
8
8:17
9
6:44
10
6:29
11
6:14
12
9:20


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 8 July 2002
  • Release Date: 8 July 2002
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 3:42:19
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  • ASIN: B003Y6TVVQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,071 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wakefield, 2011 on 5 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
Autonome's review is well-written and argued but, I have to say, I disagree with every word of it. This is the best Lohengrin on record: the only one where you get a real sense of visceral excitement just before Lohengrin's arrival in Act 1. All of the principals are excellent, particularly Domingo and Norman - and Domingo's Italianate styling in this role really does make him seem like an outsider (it was one of his earliest tenor roles, not something he learned just for this recording). Only Nimsgern and Randova are outshone by Fischer-Dieskau and Ludwig on the (also recommendable) Kempe set. And the whole thing sounds stunning!
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Autonome on 2 Dec 2012
Format: Audio CD
A decade separates this Lohengrin from Sir Georg's last Wagner recordings then (Meistersinger and Fliegende, 1975 and 1976 respectively). The least we can say is that in the interval Sir Georg considerably changed his approach to Wagner conducting.

In the 40s, the 50s, the 60s and the 70s he was extremely energetic with strong dynamics, contrast, but first and foremost an intuitive sense of drama - never did I have a better impression of a story being told than by Sir Georg's beautiful readings of most Wagner operas (The Wiener Philharmoniker played in most cases, except the Chicago SO for Fliegende and the remake of Meistersinger).

Did he get bored by the frequent accusations of being "noisy"? Did he want to leave the image to posterity of being a "thinking" conductor, with broad tempi? In any case, in the mid-80s, Sir Georg started to broaden his tempi unreasonably, and at 3h42,this is the longest Lohengrin on CD (with Kubelik and Karajan).

As a result, he loses his usual drive - his clear strong point, and for once forgets about the drama. This Lohengrin therefore sounds like a romantic version of St Mattheus' Passion and is very very static. This is particularly true of the ensembles.

The result is that musically the singers are suffering: listen to Domingo at the beginning of Act III's duet: he really is struggling with the singing line, which is completely incredible considering how great an heroic tenor he is! In this recording, he is just going through the (slow) motion of his conductor. Jessye Norman has a beautiful instrument and she sounds very aristocratic but - I agree with other reviewers, she is a bit distant and lacks passion. Bar Eva Randova, portraying a successfully evil Ortrud, the rest of he cast is simply disastrous.
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