Notes & Reviews:
BBC Music Magazine, June 2013
Claire Watson excels her studio performances, singing Elsa with floods of pure tone that rarely falters...[Ludwig's] 'Entweihte Götter!' literally stops the show...Waechter makes a keen Herald, and the chorus is on good form...manna for Böhm admirers.
MusicWeb International, 9th July 2013
The most interesting contrast, and the factor which impels this release, is the conducting of Karl Böhm...he prefers fast tempi, and this drives the drama along at an exciting pace...Thomas is on top notch form here and he sounds sensational in his farewell to the swan in the first act...Watson is also on her very finest form as Elsa..The dramatic temperature of the whole set rises when [Ludwig] enters.
The Guardian, 8th August 2013
This is real edge-of-your-seat stuff...The vocal honours go to Walter Berry and Christa Ludwig, formidable, genuinely sinister - and in Ludwig's case literally show-stopping - as Telramund and Ortrud. Jess Thomas is the glamorous-sounding hero...The mono sound is clean and clear.
Gramophone Magazine, September 2013
It must be said straight away that there are cuts aplenty..., that the radio sound is not great to begin with and that interventionist remastering has not helped. If you are allergic to all that and to generous portions of stage noise...look elsewhere. If you aren't this might be the most thrilling performance of the opera yet put on disc.
American Record Guide, November/December 2013
It is a thrilling moment. Even more important, she truly sings the role. Only the greatest of singers can convey the intense drama and evil of a character while still producing perfect vocalism. Her Ortrud is quite simply one of the greatest performances I have ever heard. Finally, Karl Böhm draws great work from the orchestra and chorus.
Recording information: Wiener Staatsoper (05/16/1965).
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Works DetailsWagner, Richard : Lohengrin
- Conductor: Karl Böhm
- Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus
- Running Time: 92 min. 30 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1848
- Studio/Live: Live