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Wagner: Lohengrin, WWV 75 (Live)


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James King (1925-2005) stood in the 1960s on the cusp of his Bayreuth career, which had begun earlier with the role of Siegmund. Anyone who is familiar with the baritone origins of the tenor from Kansas, USA, may well be surprised at the tremendous dynamic grading in the suspended high registers through to the sonorous piano passages that he was capable of at his Bayreuth debut in the role of the Knight of the Swan. He kept that role in his repertoire for more than a quarter of a century, singing it right up to the end of his career at new venues. The Elsa at James King’s side in this case was Irish-born Heather Harper, who went on to become famous for her performances and premieres of works by Benjamin Britten. With her superlative, highly-spun lyrical phrasing and many nuances her “foray” into the realms of Wagner is a pure listening pleasure. The last of the soloists at that performance were Thomas Tipton as an elegant King’s Herald; the reason for his reputation as the leading gentleman baritone of the Bavarian State Opera in those days is audible here; and the “outsider” so to speak, in the midst of these English-speaking singers who nevertheless sang in perfect German: Karl Ridderbusch with his truly balmy bass as King Heinrich.
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Item number ORF-C850113D
Barcode 4011790850320
Release date 11/3/2017
Category Opera
Label ORFEO INTERNATIONAL MUSIC
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 3
Performers
Classical Artist King, James
Harper, Heather
Hoffman, Grace
McIntyre, Donald
Ridderbusch, Karl
Tipton, Thomas
Conductor Kempe, Rudolf
Orchestra Bayreuther Festspielorchester
Disc: 1
Lohengrin03:39:00
1 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act I: Prelude (Live) 00:08:23 Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester
2 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act I: Hört, Grafen, Edle, Frei 00:04:35 Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Ridderbusch, Karl Hoffmann, Horst Feldhoff, Heinz Esser, Hermin Slembeck, Dieter Tipton, Thomas
3 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act I: Dank, König, dir, daß du 00:06:29 McIntyre, Donald Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Tipton, Thomas
4 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act I: Seht hin! Sie naht, die 00:03:30 Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather Ridderbusch, Karl
5 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act I: Einsam in trüben Tagen h 00:07:21 McIntyre, Donald Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather Ridderbusch, Karl Hoffmann, Horst Feldhoff, Heinz Esser, Hermin Slembeck, Dieter
6 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act I: Des Ritters will ich wah 00:02:03 Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather Ridderbusch, Karl
7 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act I: Wer hier im Gotteskampfe 00:05:37 McIntyre, Donald Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather Tipton, Thomas
8 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act I: Nun sei bedankt, mein li 00:08:39 King, James Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Ridderbusch, Karl
9 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act I: Welch holde Wunder muss 00:03:34 McIntyre, Donald King, James Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Ridderbusch, Karl
10 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act I: Nun höret mich und achte 00:02:30 McIntyre, Donald Hoffman, Grace King, James Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather Ridderbusch, Karl Tipton, Thomas
11 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act I: Mein Herr und Gott, nun 00:05:18 McIntyre, Donald Hoffman, Grace King, James Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather Ridderbusch, Karl
12 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act I: Durch Gottes Sieg ist je 00:04:30 McIntyre, Donald Hoffman, Grace King, James Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather Ridderbusch, Karl
Disc: 2
Lohengrin03:39:00
1 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act II: Introduction (Live) 00:03:59 Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester
2 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act II: Erhebe dich, Genossin m 00:03:33 McIntyre, Donald Hoffman, Grace Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester
3 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act II: Was macht dich in so wi 00:03:56 McIntyre, Donald Hoffman, Grace Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester
4 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act II: Du wilde Seherin! Wie w 00:08:02 McIntyre, Donald Hoffman, Grace Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester
5 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act II: Euch Lüften, die mein K 00:02:56 McIntyre, Donald Hoffman, Grace Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather
6 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act II: Wer ruft? Wie schauerli 00:03:59 Hoffman, Grace Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather
7 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act II: Entweihte Götter, helft 00:01:14 Hoffman, Grace Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather
8 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act II: Ortrud, wo bist du? (Li 00:11:00 McIntyre, Donald Hoffman, Grace Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather
9 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act II: In Früh'n versammelt un 00:04:41 Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester
10 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act II: Des Königs Wort und Wil 00:08:02 McIntyre, Donald Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Hoffmann, Horst Feldhoff, Heinz Giese-Schröder, Margret Kiefer, Lieselotte Esser, Hermin Slembeck, Dieter Tipton, Thomas Stegmann, Natsue von Georg, Elke
11 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act II: Gesegnet soll sie schre 00:05:36 Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester
12 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act II: Zurück, Elsa! Nicht län 00:08:38 Hoffman, Grace Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather Giese-Schröder, Margret Kiefer, Lieselotte Stegmann, Natsue von Georg, Elke
13 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act II: O König! Trugbetörte Fü 00:05:41 McIntyre, Donald Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Ridderbusch, Karl
14 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act II: Welch ein Geheimnis muß 00:05:10 McIntyre, Donald Hoffman, Grace King, James Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather Ridderbusch, Karl
Disc: 3
Lohengrin03:39:00
1 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act II: Mein Held entgeg'ne küh 00:07:15 McIntyre, Donald King, James Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather Ridderbusch, Karl Hoffmann, Horst Feldhoff, Heinz Esser, Hermin Slembeck, Dieter
2 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act III: Prelude (Live) 00:03:13 Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester
3 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act III: Treulich geführt, zieh 00:05:38 Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester
4 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act III: Das süße Lied verhallt 00:03:46 King, James Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather
5 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act III: Wie hehr erkenn' ich u 00:07:53 King, James Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather
6 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act III: Höchstes Vertrau'n has 00:05:53 King, James Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather
7 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act III: Ach nein! (Live) 00:06:38 King, James Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather
8 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act III: Verwandlung (Live) 00:03:46 Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester
9 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act III: Habt Dank, ihr Lieben 00:01:51 Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Ridderbusch, Karl
10 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act III: Was bringen die? (Live 00:07:53 Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Hoffmann, Horst Feldhoff, Heinz Esser, Hermin Slembeck, Dieter
11 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act III: In fernem Land, unnahb 00:05:31 King, James Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Ridderbusch, Karl
12 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act III: Mir schwankt der Boden 00:01:24 King, James Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather Ridderbusch, Karl
13 Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act III: Mein lieber Schwan! (L 00:07:57 Hoffman, Grace King, James Bayreuth Festival Chorus Kempe, Rudolf Bayreuther Festspielorchester Harper, Heather Ridderbusch, Karl
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