Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Wagner - Lohengrin / Peter Hofmann Karan Armstrong Bernd Weikl Elizabeth Connell Leif Roar Woldemar Nelsson Bayreuth Opera|
Actors: Gotz Friedrich, Siegfried Vogel, Richard Wagner, Roar, Connell
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
THE BEST LOHENGRIN AVAILABLE
An opera lover | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 01/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best Lohengrin available. The Bayreuth forces under the direction of Woldemar Nelsson are excellent. The Bayreuth chorus is splendid throughout, and Lohengrin is an opera where the chorus performance is vital. The orchestra plays superbly except, perhaps, in the Prelude of Act I, which sounds less opulent than oither performances because of the fast tempo adopted by Nelsson. Peter Hoffmann is much better here than he was in the Metropolitan production. Karan Armstrong may have some vocal problems, mainly in the most dramatic moments of the opera, but her weaknesses convey the frailty of the character. In this aspect, she is a much more believable Elsa than Eva Marton, whose weighty voice does not suit the role. Leif Roar is a very good Telramund and so is Siegfried Vogel as the King. Elizabeth Connell is a surprise as Ortrud, both as a singer and as an actress. I did not expect so much from her in this role, but she is excellent. Of course, she cannot match the best Ortrud I have ever heard: Christa Ludwig in Rudolph Kempe's Lohengrin, available in CD (nor can Roar match the Telramund of Fischer-Dieskau for Kempe). But who can equal these two singers in these parts? Bernd Weikl is excellent in the small role of the Herald. Good image quality and superb sound. Highly recommended."
Conservative but lovely
G. Stefan Lazar | San Francisco, CA USA | 08/15/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This may not be the most overwhelming performance but I like it. It's overall a straight forward production -- no "what does that mean" ideas. Hofmann is much better here than in the Met DVD with Eva Marton. I'm curious though if anyone else thought that disc 2 (with Act 3) seemed VERY slightly out of sync -- picture and audio. I just didn't feel right and after watching it very closely, I think that is the problem. This would definitely be my 1st choice of the 3 currently available. However, I will be interested in seeing the version from Baden-Baden that is due to be released by Opus Arte with Kent Nagano conducting."
The best Lohengrin, yet insuperable
G. Arribasplata | Lima, Perú, South America | 03/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When one of my friends suggested me to introduce into the Wagner world (during the VHS good old times)through Lohengrin, he knew what he was advising a newcomer and he did it right! I just loved the music, nothing was better than that for me in that time (10 years ago or maybe more) and I loved Wagner's music, then was Tannhauser, Fliegende Hollander, The Ring (exciting Walkyrie), Tristan und Isolde, Meistersinger, Parsifal...and every discovery was a trip to excitement.
So this Baeyrouth version was my first Lohengrin, and it has remained unsurpassed. I've tried to follow other versions (now in DVD and CD), and I yet I have not been able to find another Elsa as MS Armstrong's and another Ortrud as MS Connell. They are credible, they are fabulous, their voice match their character and their wonderful lines. So I have to say to Mr Roar's Telramund and Mr Hoffman's Lohengrin, and of course, the chorus, masterful, brilliant, overwhelming. So, for someone who is hesitating which version to get, I would advise this one. A must in your collection.
5-plus stars if there could be.
Abel | Hong Kong | 01/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've got both DG Lohengrin with Peter Hoffmann in the title role. I would only say that age has a lot to do with a heldentenor's voice.
This earlier performance shows Hoffmann's exceptional voice in its prime. What a pity - but that is how things go for this special breed of tenors.
Yes, the chorus in this Bayreuth version is far superior to Levine's MET chorus. So is the general accoustics: Leif Roar is also better in this version, though dramatically I find it hard to convince myself that this Telarund is a tragic character: Roar's is an outright base creature.
Elizabeth Connell shines out as the wicked character Ortrud. She subsequently changed her fach to soprano, and the move is right, judging from her timbre here. She also has the edge over Armstrong in that her stage presence in this performance is immense.
The other great stage presence is of course Peter Hoffmann's knight of the Holy Grail. If you do not like Wagner (or do not know anything about Wagner's works), you would do no wrong by getting this Lohengrin as a starter. Hoffmann conveys everything in the drama - through his voice, his acting, and of course, his looks.
Nowhere could you find a better portrayal of Lohengrin that is faithful to the script to the last detail, and made very much alive onstage.