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Wagner: Lohengrin

Marek Janowski

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This live 2011 recording is the fourth installment in Pentatone's ambitious Wagner cycle, set to be completed in 2013 to celebrate the bicentennial of the composer's birth, featuring Marek Janowski leading Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Rundfunkchor Berlin. Janowski's reading, which is in general snappier than the average, wisely leans toward emphasizing the extremes in the score; the slow sections are ethereally serene and the fast have a buoyant, sometimes almost reckless energy. It makes for an exciting and propulsive performance, and the orchestra plays with agility and rich, sensuous tone. This is a concert performance, but everyone involved performs with urgency and strong sense of drama. Günther Groissböck as Heinrich stands head and shoulders above the rest of the cast. His oaken, ringing, authoritative bass rivets attention whenever he sings; he's entirely persuasive as a powerful medieval monarch. As Telramund, Gerd Grochowski has less commanding vocal equipment, but he's a terrifically engaging singing actor and his scenes with Susanne Resmark as Ortrud crackle with energy and are among the highlights of the performance. The romantic leads are overall less effective. Klaus Florian Vogt as Lohengrin sings with musicality but has a relatively light tenor that sounds like he would be more at ease in bel canto and Mozart; he just doesn't have the heroic timbre and bearing this role requires. Annette Dasch sounds somewhat out of her comfort zone as Elsa, particularly in the first act and when she is called on to sing at full volume. Their voices are beautifully suited to the third act duet, though; its more intimate emotions and more delicate orchestration give them a chance to shine without strain, and they have real chemistry as their tender lovers' conversation devolves into a nightmarish confrontation of broken trust. The sound of the hybrid SACD is wonderfully clear and is as clean and well-balanced as a studio recording.
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Lohengrin, Act I

1
Prelude
00:08:30

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

Lohengrin, Act I Scene 1

2
Hort! Grafen, Edle, Freie von Brabant! (Herald, Chorus, the King)
00:04:32

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

3
Dank, Konig, dir, dass du zu richten kamst! (Friedrich, Chorus, Herald, the King)
00:06:14

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

Lohengrin, Act I Scene 2

4
Seht ihn! Sie naht, die hart Beklagte! (Chorus, the King, Elsa)
00:03:38

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

5
Einsam in truben Tagen hab' ich zu Gott gefleht (Elsa, Chorus, the King)
00:03:54

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

6
Mich irret nicht ihr traumerischer Mut (Friedrich, Chorus, the King, Elsa)
00:05:11

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

7
Wer hier in Gotteskampfe zu streiten kam (Herald, Chorus, Friedrich, Elsa)
00:04:58

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

Lohengrin, Act I Scene 3

8
Nun sei bedankt, mein lieber Schwan! (Lohengrin, Chorus, the King)
00:03:18

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

9
Zum Kampf fur eine Magd zu steh'n (Lohengrin, Elsa, Chorus)
00:06:01

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

10
Nun hort! Euch, Volk und Edlen, mach' ich kund (Lohengrin, Chorus, Friedrich, the King)
00:02:11

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

11
Nun horet mich und achtet wohl (Herald, Chorus, Lohengrin, Friedrich, the King, Elsa, Ortrud)
00:07:05

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

12
Durch Gottes Sieg ist jetzt dein Leben mein (Lohengrin, Chorus, the King, Elsa, Ortrud, Friedrich)
00:03:44

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

DISC 2

Lohengrin, Act II Scene 1

1
Introduction
00:03:49

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

2
Erhebe dich, Genossin meiner Schmach! (Friedrich, Ortrud)
00:07:23

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

3
Du wilde Seherin! Wie willst du doch (Friedrich, Ortrud)
00:07:31

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

Lohengrin, Act II Scene 2

4
Euch Luften, die mein Klagen (Elsa, Ortrud, Friedrich)
00:02:42

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

5
Elsa! … Wer ruft? (Ortrud, Elsa)
00:04:13

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

6
Entweihte Gotter, helft jetzt meiner Rache! (Ortrud, Elsa)
00:03:47

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

7
Wie kann ich solche Huld dir lohnen (Ortrud, Elsa, Friedrich)
00:06:56

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

Lohengrin, Act II Scene 3

8
Im Fruh'n versammelt uns der Ruf (Chorus)
00:04:49

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

9
Des Konigs Wort und Will' tu' ich euch kund (Herald, Chorus, Four Nobles, Friedrich, Four Pages)
00:08:15

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

Lohengrin, Act II Scene 4

10
Gesegnet soll sie schreiten (Chorus)
00:05:20

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

11
Zuruck, Elsa! Nicht langer will ich dulden (Ortrud, Chorus, Elsa, the King, Lohengrin)
00:08:19

Richard Wagner, Composer - Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

12
O Konig! Trugbetorte Fursten! Haltet ein! (Friedrich, the King, Chorus, Lohengrin)
00:05:24

Richard Wagner, Composer - Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

13
Welch ein Geheimnis muss der Held Bewahren? (the King, Chorus, Ortrud, Friedrich, Lohengrin, Elsa)
00:04:16

Richard Wagner, Composer - Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

14
Mein Held entgeg'ne kuhn dem Ungetreuen! (the King, Chorus, Lohengrin, Friedrich, Elsa)
00:06:39

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

DISC 3

Lohengrin, Act III

1
Prelude
00:03:08

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

Lohengrin, Act III Scene 1

2
Treulich gefuhrt, ziehet dahin (Ladies, Men, Women) [Wedding March]
00:04:18

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

Lohengrin, Act III Scene 2

3
Das susse Lied verhallt; wir sind allein (Lohengrin, Elsa)
00:01:41

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

4
Fuhl' ich zu dir so suss mein Herz entbrennen (Elsa, Lohengrin)
00:05:01

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

5
Atmest du nicht mit mir die sussen Dufte? (Lohengrin, Elsa)
00:03:56

Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

6
Hochstes Vertrau'n hast du mir schon zu danken (Lohengrin, Elsa)
00:07:52

Richard Wagner, Composer - Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

7
Weh', nun ist all' unser Gluck dahin! (Lohengrin, Elsa)
00:04:48

Richard Wagner, Composer - Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

Lohengrin, Act III Scene 3 (Richard Wagner)

8
Heil, Konig Heinrich! (All the Men, the King, Four Nobles)
00:06:35

Richard Wagner, Composer - Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

9
Macht Platz, macht Platz dem Helden von Brabant! (Chorus, the King, Lohengrin, the King's Men, Ladies)
00:05:37

Richard Wagner, Composer - Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

10
Tale of the Grail: In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten …(Lohengrin, the King, Men, Women)
00:10:49

Richard Wagner, Composer - Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

11
Mein lieber Schwan! (Lohengrin, the King, Men, Women, Ortrud, Elsa)
00:07:43

Richard Wagner, Composer - Marek Janowski, Conductor - Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestra - Klaus Florian Vogt, Artist - Berlin Radio Choir, Choir - Gunther Groissbock, Artist, MainArtist - Gerd Grochowski, Artist - Markus Bruck, Artist - Susanne Resmark, Artist - Annette Dasch, Artist

(C) 2012 PENTATONE (P) 2012 PENTATONE

Album Description

This live 2011 recording is the fourth installment in Pentatone's ambitious Wagner cycle, set to be completed in 2013 to celebrate the bicentennial of the composer's birth, featuring Marek Janowski leading Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Rundfunkchor Berlin. Janowski's reading, which is in general snappier than the average, wisely leans toward emphasizing the extremes in the score; the slow sections are ethereally serene and the fast have a buoyant, sometimes almost reckless energy. It makes for an exciting and propulsive performance, and the orchestra plays with agility and rich, sensuous tone. This is a concert performance, but everyone involved performs with urgency and strong sense of drama. Günther Groissböck as Heinrich stands head and shoulders above the rest of the cast. His oaken, ringing, authoritative bass rivets attention whenever he sings; he's entirely persuasive as a powerful medieval monarch. As Telramund, Gerd Grochowski has less commanding vocal equipment, but he's a terrifically engaging singing actor and his scenes with Susanne Resmark as Ortrud crackle with energy and are among the highlights of the performance. The romantic leads are overall less effective. Klaus Florian Vogt as Lohengrin sings with musicality but has a relatively light tenor that sounds like he would be more at ease in bel canto and Mozart; he just doesn't have the heroic timbre and bearing this role requires. Annette Dasch sounds somewhat out of her comfort zone as Elsa, particularly in the first act and when she is called on to sing at full volume. Their voices are beautifully suited to the third act duet, though; its more intimate emotions and more delicate orchestration give them a chance to shine without strain, and they have real chemistry as their tender lovers' conversation devolves into a nightmarish confrontation of broken trust. The sound of the hybrid SACD is wonderfully clear and is as clean and well-balanced as a studio recording.
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