Album: Richard Wagner, Lohengrin – Bychkov/LDRSK, (Hanssler Profil)
Sunday 10 May 2009
For those disinclined to spend an evening filtering out the BacoFoil breastplates of the Royal Opera House's latest revival of Lohengrin, this recording of Semyon Bychkov's slow-burning interpretation is a gift.
Even the most adipose Heldentenor can be an Adonis on disc, and Johan Botha's voice gleams like tempered steel in the title role. Petra Lang's scenery-chewing Ortrud aside, the cast sings intelligently and subtly, while the orchestral performance combines gravity, ethereality and immaculate chording.
Pick of the album: The dazzling 'Prelude and Wedding March' from Act III
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