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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Grand Tier - Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Kleiber, Minton
Grand Tier - Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila/ Fournet, Vickers
Grand Tier - Donizetti: Belisario / Gavazzeni, Zaccaria, Taddei, et al
Verdi: Aroldo / Rinaldi, Ceccheli, et al
Kovarovic: Psohlavci (The Dogheads)
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Live, Salzburg 1961
Glinka: Overture to Rusland and Ludmila; Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours; Berlioz: Hungarian March
Khachaturian: Symphonic Highlights from Gayane, Spartacus, Masquerade