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Wagner: Lohengrin / Kempe, Thomas, Fischer-Dieskau, et al


Release Date: 08/15/2000 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67411   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Otto WienerChrista LudwigGottlob FrickElisabeth Grümmer,   ... 
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera ChorusVienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 37 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Despite all the praise heaped on Solti's Ring (and rightly so), it wasn't the only extraordinary Wagner opera project from the early 1960s that featured the Vienna Philharmonic in incandescent form. Rudolf Kempe may not have been a podium superstar, but he was an inspiring musician, a seasoned man of the theater, and an absolute genius when it came to balancing orchestras. If you think, as some understandably do, that Wagner's Lohengrin is often four square in its phrase shapes and dramatically plodding, Kempe will convince you otherwise. Time and again we are struck by how the Vienna Philharmonic, collectively and individually, sets the emotional and dramatic tone for what happens on stage. And
Read more what a cast! Elisabeth Grümmer, who remains the most three-dimensional Elsa on record, partnered Jess Thomas in the title role. He is slightly less involved under the microphone's scrutiny than his more unbuttoned live Bayreuth performance under Sawallisch a few years earlier. Christa Ludwig and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau bring riveting authority to Ortrud and Telramund, and the veteran Gottlob Frick's eloquent King Henry also stands out. EMI's 20-bit facelift offers a tinge more presence than the label's previous CD transfer, but if you own the latter there's no need to replace it. At mid-price, though, you can't get a better Lohengrin than this. It belongs in every serious Wagner collection.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com

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Works on This Recording

1. Lohengrin by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Otto Wiener (Bass), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Gottlob Frick (Bass),
Elisabeth Grümmer (Soprano), Jess Thomas (Tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1962-63 
Venue:  Vienna Theater, Austria 
Length: 217 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Vorspiel (Orchester)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Hört! Grafen, Edle, Freie von Brabant! (Heerrufer/Chor/König Heinrich)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Dank, König, dir, daß du zu richten kamst! (Friedrich/Chor)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Welch' fürchterliche Klage sprichst du aus! (König/Friedrich/Heerrufer/Chor)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Seht hin! Sie naht, die hart Beklagte!
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Einsam in trüben Tagen (Chor/König/Elsa)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Freidrich, du ehrenwerter Mann (König/Friedrich/Chor/Elsa)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Des Ritters will ich wahren (Elsa/Chor/König)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Wer hier im Gotteskampf zu streiten kam (Heerrufer/Chor/Friedrich/Elsa)...Gegrüßt, du gottgesandter Held! (Chor)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Nun sei bedankt, mein lieber Schwan! (Lohengrin/Chor)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Heil, König Heinrich! (Lohengrin/König/Elsa)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Wenn ich im Kampfe für dich siege (Lohengrin/Elsa/Chor)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Nun hört! Euch, Volk und Edlen, mach'ich kund (Lohengrin/Chor/Friedrich/König)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Nun höret mich und achtet wohl (Heerrufer/Chor/Lohengrin/Friedrich)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Mein Herr und Gott, nun ruf' ich dich (König/Elsa/Lohengrin/Ortrud/Friedrich/Chor/Heerrufer)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Durch Gottes Sieg ist jetzt dein Leben mein (Lohengrin/Chor/König/Elsa/Ortrud/Friedrich)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): (Introduktion) (Orchester)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Erhebe dich, Genossin meiner Schmach! (Friedrich/Ortrud)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Was macht dich in so wilder Klage doch vergeh'n?
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Du wilde Seherin, wie willst du doch
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Der Rache Werk sei nun beschworen (Orturd/Friedrich)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Euch Lüften, die mein Klagen (Elsa/Ortrud/Friedrich)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Elsa!...Wer ruft? (Ortrud/Elsa)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Entweihte Götter! Helft jetzt meiner Rache! (Ortrud)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Ortrud, wo bist du?
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Du Ärmste kannst wohl nie ermessen (Elsa/Ortrud)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): So zieht das Unheil in dies Haus! (Friedrich)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): (Morgenlied) (Orchester)...In Früh'n versammelt uns der Ruf (Chor)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Des Königs Wort und Will' tu' ich euch kund (Heerrufer/Chor)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Nun hört, dem Lande will er uns entführen! (Vier Edle/Friedrich/Edelknaben)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): (Prozession) (Orchester)...Gesegnet soll sie schreiten (Chor)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Zurück, Elsa! Nicht länger will ich dulden (Ortrud/Chor/Elsa)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Heil! Heil dem König! (Chor/König/Elsa/Lohengrin)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): O König! Trugbetörte Fürsten! (Friedrich/König/Chor/Lohengrin)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Welch ein Geheimnis muß der Held bewahren? (Chor/König/Ortrud/Friedrich/Lohengrin/Elsa)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): Mein Held, entgegne kühn dem Ungetreuen! (König/Chor/Lohengrin/Friedrich/Elsa)
Lohengrin (2000 Digital Remaster): In deiner Hand, in deiner Treu' (Lohengrin/Elsa/Chor)

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