Studio recording in stereo
November 11, 1985 - June, 1986
Conductor: Georg Solti
König Heinrich Hans Sotin
Lohengrin Plácido Domingo
Elsa Jessye Norman
Telramund Siegmund Nimsgern
Ortrud Eva Randová
Der Heerrufer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Ein Edle Peter Jelosits
Ein Edle Thomas Mohr
Ein Edle Anton Scharinger
Ein Edle Alfred Sramek
Wiener Philharmoniker
Chor der Wiener Staatsoper
Decca, 421 053-2 4 CDs DDD
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Review by Joseph A. Newsome

This, in my opinion as a devoted lover of Wagner's music, is a truly wonderful interpretation of Wagner's divine "Lohengrin". The references to the divine and to Wagner's later opera "Parsifal" are, appropriately, very subtle and are not made into symbols which distort the sheer dramaticism of the music itself.

Plácido Domingo's Lohengrin is a quiet, personal Lohengrin which I frankly think is the most capable in years. Domingo imparts the philosophical tragedy of the character without importing a pathetic nature to the tortured hero. Jessye Norman's Elsa is less convincing. Her voice, as always, is gorgeous, but over-stated, and at times simply too large for the tender music which Wagner trusted to Elsa. The remainder of the cast is quite sound, and Sir Georg Solti leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a sensitive interpretation of the score.

This relatively late recording in the oeuvre of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau presents a wonderful portrait of the artist that once was the delight of audiences. His herald is a bit weak but elegant and appropriate. Overall, this is an excellent "Lohengrin" with great attention to detail.

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