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  • Audio CD (8 July 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00006469T
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Wagner: Lohengrin - Prelude to Act ISir Georg Solti 9:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 1 - "Hört, Grafen, Edle, Freie von Brabant!"Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 4:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 1 - "Dank, König, dir, daß du zu richten kamst!"Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 6:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 1 - "Seht hin! Sie naht, die hart Beklagte!"Sir Georg Solti 3:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 1 - "Einsam in trüben Tagen"Sir Georg Solti 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 1 - "Mich irret nicht ihr träumerischer Mut"Sir Georg Solti 5:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 1 - "Wer hier im Gotteskampf zu streiten kam"Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 5:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 1 - "Nun sei bedankt, mein lieber Schwan!"Sir Georg Solti 3:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 1 - "Zum Kampf für eine Magd zu stehen"Sir Georg Solti 6:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 1 - "Nun hört! Euch, Volk und Edlen mach' ich kund"Sir Georg Solti 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 1 - "Nun höret mich und achtet wohl"Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 7:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 1 - "Durch Gottes Sieg ist jetzt dein Leben mein"Siegmund Nimsgern 4:17£0.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 2 - IntroductionSir Georg Solti 4:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 2 - "Erhebe dich, Genossin meiner Schmach!"Sir Georg Solti 7:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 2 - "Du wilde Seherin"Sir Georg Solti 7:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 2 - "Euch Lüften, die mein Klagen"Siegmund Nimsgern 4:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 2 - "Elsa!"Sir Georg Solti 4:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 2 - "Entweihte Götter! Helft jetzt meiner Rache!"Sir Georg Solti 4:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 2 - "Wie kann ich solche Huld dir lohnen"Sir Georg Solti 8:20£0.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 2 - "In Früh'n versammelt uns der Ruf"Sir Georg Solti 5:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 2 - "Des Königs Wort und Will' tu ich euch kund"Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 8:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 2 - "Gesegnet soll sie schreiten"Sir Georg Solti 6:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 2 - "Zurück, Elsa! Nicht länger will ich dulden"Madelyn Renee 9:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 2 - "O König! Trugbetörte Fürsten! Haltet ein!"Siegmund Nimsgern 5:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 2 - "Welch ein Geheimnis muß der Held bewahren?"Sir Georg Solti 5:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 2 - "Mein Held, entgegne kühn dem Ungetreuen"Sir Georg Solti 6:50£0.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 4:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - Prelude to Act 3Sir Georg Solti 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - "Treulich geführt ziehet dahin"Sir Georg Solti 5:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - "Das süße Lied verhallt"Sir Georg Solti 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - "Fühl' ich zu dir so süß mein Herz entbrennen"Sir Georg Solti 6:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - "Atmest du nicht mit mir die süßen Düfte?"Sir Georg Solti 4:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - "Höchstes Vertraun hast du mir schon zu danken"Sir Georg Solti 7:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - "Weh, nun ist all unser Glück dahin!"Sir Georg Solti 4:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - "Heil König Heinrich!"Alfred Sramek 8:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - "Macht Platz dem Helden von Brabant!"Sir Georg Solti 6:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - "In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten"Sir Georg Solti 6:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - "Mir schwankt der Boden! Welche Nacht!"Sir Georg Solti 6:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - "Mein lieber Schwan!"Sir Georg Solti 9:20£0.79  Buy MP3 

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wakefield, 2011 on 5 April 2013
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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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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Autonome on 2 Dec 2012
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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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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
The best all-round Lohengrin 24 Oct 2004
By Ryan Kouroukis - Published on
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This Solti set is among the finest Lohengrin recordings out there, he achieves a perfect balance between the action and the flow. Domingo is truly a Lohengrin with a heart, I remember reading once that "he sings as if he has the Grail stuck in his throat"! The others in the cast are excellent. Jessye Norman, Dietrich-Fischer, Sotin and Nimsgern ideally fit their roles and truly make this a Lohengrin for all to love and enjoy.

The Decca sound is fantastic and Solti's interpretation is well-nigh definitive. He totally captures the mystery and atmosphere of the score which is wonderful.

If you're looking for a reputable and outstanding set, this is it!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Different than any other, but Brilliant! 26 April 2008
By Daniel Graser - Published on
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Solti's status as a Wagner conductor is perhaps more legendary than any other. His ring cycle is still by far the best, at least for me, and his numerous other recordings are all fantastic, not a clunker in the set. If I had to pick a single opera recording of his, this would be the top of them all. Realize though I am going in to this with quite a bit of bias. I have been in love with Jessye Norman's voice since I started listening to music and Placido Domingo has been my favorite tenor for just as long. The chorus is somewhat hushed on this recording, moreso than the opera calls for but this is a very minor criticism. The orchestra sounds great, lush strings and powerful brass when needed. As some reviewers have noted, Solti definitely takes his time with the tempos and is consistently a bit under the rest of the pack. However this is definitely a plus as he revails so many hidden details and phrasing opportunities that many have missed. The prelude is probably the best it's been played and the arrival of Lohengrin here will leave you awe-struck. The first appearance of the "question theme" (Nie, solst du mich erfragen) has never had such a sense of foreboding. It's understandable if you don't prefer Domingo in this repertoire, but for me he is one of the best. If you want to get someone hooked on Wagner, this is the recording. Worked for me. My favorite teacher from undergrad played the prelude from this recording on our first day in class and I have been hooked ever since.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The current batch of Lohengrin recordings 22 Jan 2007
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
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Whenever I offer comparative reviews here of great and lengthy works, I try to have as many versions at hand as possible. But in the case of Lohengrin, most listeners, including myself, stop after reading that the best recording, far and away, is Kempe's on EMI, with Jess Thomas in the title role and Elisabeth Grummer as Elsa. As it happns, I have problems with that set: Thomas sounds heroic and youthful, but he also bleats a little too much and forces his voice in the great climaxes. Grummer sounds touchingly innocent--she's a light, lyric Elsa who hasn't grown up yet--but the fast beat in her voice bothered me. I also don't accept that Kempe's conducting is the last word on the score.

As a result I have chased across the landscape for a better, if not ideal recording. My thumbnail conclusions:

Jochum/Bayreuth -- a live 1954 performance that features the young Windgassen as Lohengrin and a surpisingly supple Birgit Nilsson as Elsa. Available on several labels, this performance sounds reasonably good for broadcast mono, and the leads are worthy, but Windgassen's voice is unlovely, and Nilsson is chilly and by no means innocent-sounding. Even so, this would be one of the top recommendations if it weren't for Jochum's dull, unimaginative conducting. Reviewers at Amazon tend to focus solely on the singers in opera recordings; I always listen first to the conductor, who shapes the whole work, after all. Jochum rarely rises above the routine.

Leinsdorf/ BSO -- This recently re-released Living Stereo set has remained out of print for two good reasons. The scheduled Elsa droped out and was replaced at the last minute by the totally inadequate Lucina Amara. Second, Leinsdorf's conducting veers between dullness and perversity, with tempos and phrasing that drive me up the wall. The only reason to buy this RCA recording is for Sandor Konya, the best Lohengrin of his generation (he was also the best Walther in Meistersinger), a golden-voiced delight.

Abbado/ Vienna Phil. -- This 1994 release marked Abbado's first experience conducting a Wagner opera, and he does himself proud. The socre is beautifully shaped, and the Viennese orchestra and chorus are beyond praise. Siegfried Jerusalem would have benefited from being recorded ten years earleir, but his is a very musical Lohengrin and a strong characterization. Cheryl Studer, who specialized onstage in the role of Elsa, gives one of her best (and last) recorded performances, not as fresh-voiced as a decade earleir on Philips but still gleaming and youthful. For me, this ranks as an equal to Solti's reading.

Solti/ Vienna Phil. -- With the same orchestra and chorus as Abbado's, Solti gets a more powerful, aggressive sound, abetted by an extremely vivid, dynamic recording. It's true, as others comment, that his style is not as driven, even manic as in the past, but the aggression is sitll there. Domingo is distinctly not a German tenor in style (or pronunciation), but Lohengrin was a viable stage role for him vocally, and he sings with great conviciton. Persoanly, I think he's not a patch on Konya or Jerusalem, but he's a positive force here. As for Jessye Norman, it would be silly to claim that she is trying to be a young, naive woman, or that her huge voice is right for an essentially lyric role. As always, she is regal and distant. But the sheer voluptuousness of her tone is irresistible, and she has such power that she can ride easily over the gigantic orchestra. In al, this whole produciton is a star turn, and all the stars involved are at their best.

In an ideal world Konya would return to life to record under Abbado with Grummer as Elsa and the Vienna Phil. in the pit. None of the sets above rise to that ideal, but they all have something special to offer. When next I get the Lohengrin itch, I will seek out the DG set under Kubelik with James King in the title role; it's the one major modern recording I haven't heard.

P. S. August, 2009 -- As an addendum to the above, I am adding my review of a 1959 Lohengrin from Bayreuth that feels like an answered prayer, since it features Konya with an excellent conductor. I've also heard the Kubelik, which despite its devoted fans, is crippled for me by James King's blatant, uninflected singing that carries little musical interest.

Here's the Bayreuth review:

By consensus the Fifties was a Golden Age for opera, and this 1959 Lohengrin from Bayreuth could be offered as prime testimony. I have little to add to the unstinting praise given below. Every role is filled almost ideally -- the Herald of Eberhard Waechter is as world-class as the King or Telramund. One advantage of a festival is that star casting can be lavished throughout. Grummer had already established herself as the major Elsa in Germany, and every opera house in the world clamored for the sweet-toned Sandor Konya, with his miraculous blend of lyrical beauty and power. In Wagner we haven't seen his like since, excepting only Ben Heppner.

Having gone back to the original Bavarian Radio tapes, Orfeo's sonics are exceptional; they have also remastered them to eliminate microphone distortion and hiss. The Bayreuth orchestra sounds a tad boxy and muffled, but the voices are up close and well captured. The overall effect is like hearing a superb FM braodcast. There are few stage noises (Wieland Wagner's abstract production featured no stage sets or machinery).

Fanciers of the opera won't hesitate to buy this set, despite the absence of libretto and the most tedious, long-winded liner notes imaginable. Given all its merits, is this the best Lohengrin on records? Vocally, the answer is yes. But expert as he is, von Matacic doesn't conduct with inspiration. Solti and Abbado both exhibit greater dramatic tension and musical variety. In turn, they bring out more vivid characterizations from their lead singers than is heard here. And modern stereo far outshines dated mono, of course.

But these are quibbles. Any Lohengrin featuring Konya is well worth hearing. Among the three or four now available (including a tempting RCA Living Stereo version under Leinsdorf from Boston that turns out to have both dismal conducting and a rock-bottom Elsa) this one is first choice. It's a must-listen for anyone who loves the oper
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Glorious. The only competion to the Kempe set. 20 July 2006
By cmk3001 - Published on
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This is a magnificent performance. Solti conducts a very warm, sensitive, and lushious reading of the score, traits not normally associated with him. It lacks the ultra-piercing agressive climaxes and occasional rythmic stodginess that mar some of his work. One part I must call attention to is the Act I prelude, which is simply ravishing in its beauty. This is truly as good a Wagner recording as Solti left us. Once again the Vienna Philharmonic is Solti's orchestra. They always played gloriously for Solti and this recording is certainly no exception. They are every bit as good for Solti as they are in Kempe's celebrated recording. In fact, this is the only performance to give Kempe's set any real competition. One advantage of Solti is that his is a modern digital recording of demonstration quality, better than Kempe's analog. Big props to Decca for the superb engineering of this recording. He also has just as good of a cast. Domingo brings his unmistakeable sound to Lohengrin with stupendous results, Jessye Norman is simply astounding as Elsa, and the rest of the casts shines as well. The layout is also good, Act I on its own disc, Act II spread on two discs with a good breaking point, and Act III on its own disc. The only possible snag of this set is the price. But in my opinion its totally worth the money. Get this one and Kempe on EMI Great Recordings of the Century and you'll have all the Lohengrin you'll ever need.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Comment on Rudy's Review 12 Dec 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on
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I contacted Rudy through email and he only samples some of the recordings from his work place a huge Tower record store with a classical music selection somewhere in California. He tells me he has made honest mistakes. Dietrich Fisker Dieskau is a baritone and traditionally the baritone or bass is the villain in an opera, unless he's portraying the "father" figure as in Verdi operas - (Germont in Traviata, the father in Simon Bocanegra, Aida's father King Amonasro, etc). Rudy must have made the mistake of believing Dieskau to sing a villain role instead of the herald in this opera. Now as for my personal opinion, it is Dieskau who is out of synch with the rest of the cast and has no authentic, exciting Wagnerian voice. Domingo was a cerebral tenor who recognized Wagner' original intent of having his heroic tenor roles sung with Italian lyricism. He actually specified that heldentenors sing in a bel canto style without sacrificing the dramatic power. It was Cosima Wagner who urged tenors to sing with the "Bayreuth bark" - the invective, harsh, high vocal style that lacks grace and radiant tone. Solti is doing a superb conducting performance and he treats the score with epic grand style. Solti was a supreme Wagner exponent. This is a 5 star opera with all the trimmings. Get it for Christmas!
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