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Frankfurt’s series of live recording continues, with this Lohengrin entering a competitive market. I find Frankfurt a very fine company indeed, but here their general standard seems to have dipped slightly and I can’t imagine why readers would choose this performance over others currently available. Bertrand de Billy’s conducting doesn’t have much impetus, though the orchestra plays beautifully as ever. Michael König shines as Lohengrin, his tone generally true and with a pleasing sweetness. Camilla Nylund is agreeable as Elsa, offering nothing to frighten the horses, nor to get anyone excited. As Ortrud, Michaela Schuster’s voice at least has some bite; I suspect she was pretty exciting in the house. Robert Hayward’s Telramund lacks focus – the intentions are there if not quite the means. Falk Struckmann’s Heinrich sounds like a bass- baritone pretending to be a bass, which is exactly what he is. The Herald, Daniel Schmutzhard, is good. Overall, however, this Lohengrin lacks any sense of musical elevation to make it stand out from the crowd.

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