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Richard Wagner: Lohengrin / Wolfgang Windgassen, Birgit Nilsson and Hermann Uhde. Eugen Jochum, 1954

Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

It is the most vivid, exciting, best-executed reading of the work I have ever heard. Much of the credit goes to Jochum who conducts a quite blinding interpretation from first to last, and to ... Astrid Varnay's fearsome Ortrud, vocally and dramatically superb, and to Hermann Uhde's biting, forceful, intensely sung Telramund ... Then Birgit Nilsson ... sings Elsa with such clarity and beauty that it is no wonder she created something of a sensation ... Wolfgang Windgassen ... is in his finest voice, which means he is a Lohengrin to cherish ... As if that wasn't enough, Fischer-Dieskau ... is a Herald of extraordinary presence ... As a whole the performance, from first chord to last - in remarkably wide-ranging mono - is one to treasure.


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