Related Links

Recommended Links

Give the Composers Timeline Poster

Site News

What's New for
Winter 2018/2019?

Site Search

Follow us on
Facebook    Twitter


In association with
Amazon UKAmazon GermanyAmazon CanadaAmazon FranceAmazon Japan

CD Universe



Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

CD Review

Richard Wagner


  • Franz Crass
  • Jess Thomas
  • Anja Silja
  • Ramon Vinay
  • Astrid Varnay
  • Tom Krause
Orchestra & Chorus of the Bayreuth Festival/Wolfgang Sawallisch
Decca 470592-2 195m ADD
Find it at AmazonFind it at Amazon UKFind it at Amazon GermanyFind it at Amazon CanadaFind it at Amazon FranceFind it at Amazon Japan

Decca's recent foray into the world of opera with librettos on CD-ROM has proved to be a huge success on all fronts. Since Philips is now part of the Decca group, we also have quite a few fine operas from the Dutch label's back catalogue with this Lohengrin being a case in point.

I remember Sawallisch's white hot version previously available in a sumptuous Philips 'Bayreuth Wagner Edition' that also included Boulez's 'Ring' and Bohm's masterly 'Tristan'. I doubt if Sawallisch's version has ever been surpassed and having grown up with Keilberth's masterly recording also on Decca, I can safely say that I was bowled over by the fantastic sound of the 1963 version that also includes a cast of top notch singers. Jess Thomas is a brilliant Lohengrin whilst Silja and Vinay are also towering in their respective roles. The orchestra plays with a devilish abandon throughout and the passion and dedication of all has to be heard to be believed.

Solti's more modern version with Domingo pales into relative insignificance although the more lavish packaging and undeniably state-of-the-art sound will sway some. At this price, you had better snap this Lohengrin up, it must be the bargain of the year in the Wagnerian operatic field.

Copyright © 2003, Gerald Fenech