Wagner: Lohengrin (complete opera recorded in 2009)

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RICHARD WAGNER
Wagner: Lohengrin (complete opera recorded in 2009)
Bavarian State Opera / Jonas Kaufmann. Anja Harteros, Wolfgang Koch, Michaela Schuster / Kent Nagano (cond)

[ Decca DVD / 2 DVD ]

Release Date: Thursday 20 May 2010

Rated: G - Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993Suitable for General Audiences

G - ""This is the Lohengrin voice of dreams; both romantic and heroic, with a gentle, well-nourished warmth, capable of a perfectly graduated diminuendo." Gramophone Awards 2010 Finalist - DVD Performance

"Nothing clutters Jones's focus on the opera's heart...When Kaufmann's tenor dips to pianissimo for the Grail narrative, we're putty in his hands. Physically noble and charismatic, subtly acting and interacting, he's never a star on a pedestal...Nagano adopts a refreshingly temperate approach, avoiding juggernaut blasts but delighting in details and phrasing." The Times, 21st May 2010 ****

"Richard Jones's and designer Ultz's stage, set in the 1930s, shows an autocratic country where the law is preluded by military fanfares and announced by a single speaker (the Herald). The young cast is led superbly by Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros." Gramophone Awards 2010 Finalist - DVD Performance

"This is the Lohengrin voice of dreams; both romantic and heroic, with a gentle, well-nourished warmth, capable of a perfectly graduated diminuendo...a major contribution is no doubt made by Kent Nagano's sympathetic conducting and the fine playing of his Munich orchestra." Gramophone Magazine, September 2010

"Without question, the musical performance is very good, and in the case of the title role, sung by Jonas Kaufmann, I would say it is perfect, and easily the best account of this tricky role I have ever heard. Kaufmann is also noble-looking, handsome and acts with natural grace and conviction...Kent Nagano is the often inspired and at all times fine conductor." BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 ****