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Wagner: Lohengrin / Seiffert, Maggie, Polaski, Struckmann, Pape, Trekel, Barenboim

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Wagner: Lohengrin / Seiffert, Maggie, Polaski, Struckmann, Pape, Trekel, Barenboim

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Lohengrin has a reputation as Wagner's most accessible, grandly romantic opera. It is arguably his saddest as well, reflecting an irreconcilable conflict between the utopian and the actual. Daniel Barenboim once again proves himself among the most astute of today's Wagnerians by tapping into this opera's uniqueness. He avoids the reductive temptation to present Lohengrin merely as a backward glance at the composer's musical roots or as a premonition of the mature music dramas to follow. In fact, there is room for both in the flowing, often brisk tempi favored by Barenboim and in his ripe attention to orchestral color (note how hypnotic are the sinister shadings evinced in the Act II prelude). This set moreover offers the complete, uncut score (including the rarely heard second part of the Act III Grail narration). Peter Seiffert is superb as the swan knight, with an evenly focused, expressive, powerful tenor and radiant high A's; he projects a core of irremediable loneliness that shows deep sympathy with Wagner's vision in this work. Emily Magee portrays a far less satisfactory Elsa, her phrasing too wooden and undifferentiated--and too close in timbre to her nemesis, Ortrud, given here a menacing, Lady Macbeth-like intensity by Deborah Polaski. Falk Struckmann is rock solid, if not as psychologically riveting, as her husband, Telramund; their scene together in Act II is one of the set's hair-raising highlights. Roman Trekel makes an unusually memorable impression as the stentorian herald, and there's a hint of King Marke in Rene Pape's rather wise but perplexed Heinrich. Aside from some passages of surprising listlessness (notably the Act III prelude), the Berlin Staatsoper Orchestra plays with warmth and dramatic urgency. Given the cast shortcomings, this version does not displace Kempe's superlative account, but it makes a significant addition to the catalog. --Thomas May

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 1: Vorspiel
  2. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 1: Hört! Grafen, Edle, Freie von Brabant!
  3. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 1: Dank, König dir, daß du zu richten kamst!
  4. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 1: Seht hin! Sie naht, die hart Beklagte!
  5. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 1: Einsam in trüben Tagen
  6. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 1: Mich irret nicht ihr träumerischer Mut
  7. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 1: Wer hier im Gotteskampf zu streiten kam
  8. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 1: Nun sei bedankt, mein lieber Schwan!
  9. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 1: Zum Kampf fÃ1/4r eine Magd zu stehn
  10. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 1: Nun hört! Euch, Volk und Edlen, mach ich kund
  11. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 1: Nun höret mich und achtet wohl
  12. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 1: Durch Gottes Sieg ist jetzt dein Leben mein
  13. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 2: Einleitung
  14. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 2: Erhebe dich, Genossin meiner Schmach!

Disc: 2

  1. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 2: Du wilde Seherin
  2. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 2: Euch Lüften, die mein Klagen
  3. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 2: Elsa! ... Wer ruft?
  4. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 2: Entweihte Götter! Helft jetzt meiner Rache!
  5. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 2: Wie kann ich solche Huld dir lohnen
  6. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 2: In Früh'n versammelt uns der Ruf
  7. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 2: Des Königs Wort und Will' tu ich euch kund
  8. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 2: Gesegnet soll sie schreiten
  9. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 2: Zurück, Elsa! Nicht länger will ich dulden
  10. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 2: O König! Trugbetörte Fürsten! Haltet ein!
  11. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 2: Welch ein Geheimnis muß der Held bewahren?
  12. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 2: Mein Held, entgegne kühn dem Ungetreuen!

Disc: 3

  1. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 3: Vorspiel
  2. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 3: Treulich geführt ziehet dahin
  3. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 3: Das süße Lied verhallt
  4. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 3: Fühl ich zu dir so süß mein Herz entbrennen
  5. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 3: Atmest du nicht mit mir die süßen Düfte?
  6. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 3: Höchstes Vertrau'n hast du mir schon zu danken
  7. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 3: Weh, nun ist all unser Glück dahin!
  8. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 3: Heil König Heinrich!
  9. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 3: Macht Platz dem Helden von Brabant!
  10. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 3: In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten
  11. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 3: Mir schwankt der Boden! Welche Nacht!
  12. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act 3: Mein lieber Schwan!


Product details

  • Performer: Richard Wagner, Daniel Barenboim, Deborah Polaski, Staatskapelle Berlin, Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin, et al.
  • Audio CD (November 17, 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Teldec
  • ASIN: B00000F1RV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,267 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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