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Product details

  • Audio CD (13 Nov. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Orfeo
  • ASIN: B016R5XUKS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,009 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Vorspiel
  2. Hört! Grafen, Edle, Freie Von Brabant!
  3. Dank, König, Dir, Daß Du Zu Richten Kamst!
  4. Seht Hin! Sieh Naht, Die Hart Beklagte!
  5. Einsam in Trüben Tagen
  6. Des Ritters Will Ich Wahren
  7. Wer Hier Im Gotterskampf Zu Streiten Kam
  8. Nun Sei Bedankt, Mein Lieber Schwan!
  9. Welch Holde Wunder Muß Ich Sehen?
  10. Nun Höret Mich Und Achtet Wohl
  11. Mein Herr Und Gott, Nun Ruf' Ich Dich
  12. Durch Gottes Sieg Ist Jetzt Dein Leben Mein

Disc: 2

  1. Orchestereinleitung
  2. Erhebe Dich, Genossin Meiner Schmach!
  3. Was Macht Dich in So Wilder Klage Doch Vergehn?
  4. Du Wilde Seherin
  5. Euch Lüften, Die Mein Klagen
  6. Elsa! - Wer Ruft?
  7. Entweihte Götter! Helft Jetzt Meiner Rache!
  8. Ortrud, Wo Bist Du?
  9. In Früh'n Versammelt Uns Der Ruf
  10. Des Königs Wort Und Will' Tu' Ich Euch Kund
  11. Gesegnet Soll Sie Schreiten
  12. Zurück, Elsa! Nicht Länger Will Ich Dulden - Heil! Heil Dem König!
  13. O König! Trugbetörte Fürsten! Haltet Ein!
  14. Welch Ein Geheimnis - In Wildem Brüten

Disc: 3

  1. Mein Held, Entgegne Kühn Dem Ungetreuen!
  2. Vorspiel
  3. Treulich Geführt Ziehet Dahin
  4. Das Süße Lied Verhallt
  5. Wie Hehr Erkenn' Ich Unsrer Liebe Wesen
  6. Höchstes Vertraun Hast Du Mir Schon Zu Danken
  7. Ach Nein! Doch Dort - Der Schwan!
  8. Verwandlung
  9. Heil, König Heinrich! - Habt Dank, Ihr Lieben Von Brabant!
  10. Was Bringen Die? Was Tun Sie Kund?
  11. In Fernem Land, Unnahbar Euren Schritten
  12. Mir Schwankt Der Boden!
  13. Mein Lieber Schwan!

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Although Knappertsbusch conducted “Lohengrin” many times, until now no recording by him has been issued, so the welcome discovery of this live performance from Munich fills a gap in the discography.

Given the excellence of Kna’s conducting and the high quality of both the mono sound and the artistry of the performers, I wish I could say that this is an indispensable purchase. For Kna admirers, perhaps it is anyway, but a more holistic survey of the competition reveals that it is just one of a whole slew of desirable live recordings from this era, all of which have some claim to be preferred.

First there is Cluytens’ 1958 Bayreuth performance, in even better mono sound with a slightly unwieldy but affecting Elsa from Leonie Rysanek and the same tremendous Ortrud from Varnay but also the further advantages of a better Lohengrin in Konya and Ernest Blanc, a more characterful and vocally superior Friedrich in comparison with the nonetheless very acceptable Hans Günter Nöcker. Then there is the von Matacic recording from the following year, again with Konya and Blanc but with the added attractions of the incomparable Elisabeth Grümmer as Elsa and such sterling co-artists as Rita Gorr, Franz Crass and Eberhard Waechter – with Nöcker perhaps understandably relegated to being one of the four Brabantine nobles. The 1962 Bayreuth “Lohengrin” yielded a famous recording conducted by Sawallisch with a 21-year-old Anja Silja and another great exponent of the role of Lohengrin, Jess Thomas. Crossing the Atlantic, we encounter a slew of recordings from the Metropolitan in the 60’s featuring the ubiquitous Konya and, Jess Thomas again, in performances variously conducted – a tad prosaically - by Rosenstock and Böhm.
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Utterly unmissable. The stuff of legend.To be sure modified raptures, but great raptures as well as the serious modifications
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3.0 out of 5 stars important but flawed 21 July 2016
By Mahlerophile - Published on Amazon.com
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This release of a live recording from September 2, 1963 from the stage of the Bavarian State Opera (Munich) serves as our only document of Hans Knappertsbush's conducting of Wagner's Lohengrin. While the conducting is fine and the mono sonics are solid, there are some serious disappointments to be found here. In particular, there is Hans Hopf's strained and effortful Lohengrin, ragged choral ensemble, and tepid audience approval at the end of each act. I felt exactly the same way. This release should not be anyone's first encounter with the opera.

This opera hasn't fared very well in recorded history. The best historic recording would be Lauritz Melchior's numerous Met Matinee Saturday afternoon air check recordings from the late 1930's and early 1940's which have been appearing and disappearing with disappointing regularity. The best studio recording for me is still Karajan's problematic release on EMI. The major problem today (along with Tannhauser) is casting the lead role and namesake. No one has really replaced Melchior after his retirement from the stage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars KNAPPERTSBUSCH AT HIS DRAMATIC AND REVEALING BEST!! 12 July 2016
By Gustav Mahler - Published on Amazon.com
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This is clearly the most revealing Wagner recording I've heard since the Fernando Previtali Tristan available from Opera Depot. The singers in this recording would easily outrank any of their present day contemporaries and several rank among the best recorded. The choral singing is excellent throughout and the orchestral playing conveys a sense of drama rarely encountered these days. Yes, as usual with most Knappertsbusch performances, it is not the last word in razor sharp precision, but these is completely outweighed by the way Kna sheds light on measure after measure and the sense of immediacy and spontaneity he constantly projects. After 50 years of acquaintance I didn't think this opera held too many more surprises but this recording certainly dispelled that belief.

In short, if you are the type who requires technical perfection and perfect sonics, this performance may disappoint but to anyone who admires and loves this work, you may find it your favorite recording..

Sadly, it does contain several then standard cuts. The big dawn choral scene in the middle of the second act and the wonderful ensemble preceeding the arrival of the swan are missing but the great ensemble before the conclusion of the second act is untouched.

In conclusion, it states in the notes that Kna conducted Tannhauser some thirty times at the Munich Opera during the post years. Can't one be finally released commercially?
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2.0 out of 5 stars How it got a (very) good review is beyond me 4 Jun. 2016
By Michael F. Cusick - Published on Amazon.com
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Dreadful. Poorly sung. Sloppy. How it got a (very) good review is beyond me.
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