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Wagner: Lohengrin / Levine/Met, Marton, Rysanek, Hofmann [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

'The performance recorded here was the Metropolitan's 597th Lohengrin, making it the most frequently represented Wagner opera in the New York company's annals. Indeed it was one of the first works ever staged by the Met, barely a fortnight after the old house opened on Broadway and 39th Street in 1883. It was duly on hand in the inaugural season of the new house in Lincoln Center (1966/67), in a production by Wagner's grandson Wieland, responsible for some of the opera's most celebrated postwar stagings at Bayreuth. The present production by August Everding, who also came with Bayreuth credentials, was first seen in November 1976, conducted by James Levine, with Ren Kollo as the Grail knight and Pilar Lorengar as Elsa. Though one of Wagner's most intimate stories, the love and loss of the good Lohengrin and Elsa through the machinations of the evil Telramund and Ortrud is exposed, paradoxically, in the most public fashion, with the chorus almost always on hand to witness and comment. The Met chorus clearly relishes having so much to do, and they are directed by Everding with the nobility and simplicity that Wagner stipulated. James Levine once again shows himself a most sympathetic Wagnerian: from the beautifully sung" first-act prelude, with pure strings and wind, and noble brass, building to a powerful but not clangorous climax, he maintains momentum throughout this long but ever-fascinating opera.' - Richard Evidon



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>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
  • Performers: Peter Hofmann (Tenor); John Macurdy (Bass); Eva Marton (Soprano); Anthony Raffell (Bass); Leif Roar (Baritone); Leonie Rysanek (Soprano)
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1846-1847