Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Wagner: Lohengrin - Otto Klemperer on AllMusic. IN Lohengrin each Act has its prelude, or Vorspiel. Nie sollst du mich befragen, noch Wissens Sorge tragen, On first sight of the knight, the choir intonates: "Ich fühl’ das Herz mir vergehn, schau’ ich den wonnevollen Mann." — A trill on the kettle-drums opens the prelude and continues while a new motiv, Ortrude’s Dark Plots, a phrase of ten bars, appears on the violoncello. Not unlike the Parsifal figure, the person of Lohengrin stands out as a kind of saviour. 3:23 Listen Now $1.29 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart 14. The creation of the self through love and death, Sharon He asks Elsa to name her champion. asked him about the concept and the actuality of Lohengrin today. Ortrude accompanies her into the Palace, and Telramund, from his hiding-place, utters maledictions. Photo: Karl Forster / Staatsoper Berlin. Listen to Wagner: Lohengrin by Hugh Thompson on Deezer. Roused from her ecstasy, Elsa throws herself at his feet, replying that she has already done so ; then he asks if she will become his wife after he has proved her innocence. Lohengrin, Act I Scene 3: Nun hort! This melancholy and impressive motiv he announces himself on the words, “Nie sollst du mich befragen.” He repeats this twice, the last time in a higher key. B1 Treulich Geführt. "Nie sollst du mich befragen!" In order to talk more intimately to her, Elsa leaves the balcony. “Nie sollst du mich befragen, noch Wissens Sorge tragen, woher ich kam der Fahrt, noch wie mein Nam und Art.” (Never shall you ask me nor trouble yourself to know, from where I journeyed, nor what is my name and origin!) Left alone with Lohengrin, Elsa falls into his arms. Von Iso Camartin , 14.02.2016 An sich ein einfaches und schönes Stück Musik, millionenfach missbraucht und verhunzt durch Kirchenorgeln und andere Arrangements bei weltweit stattfindenden hochzeitlichen Anlässen. The latter hails his victory in an enthusiastic phrase, ” O find’ ich Jubelweisen,” taken up by the’ chorus and developed with the motiv of Glory. Having written my dissertation on Gertrude Stein and the art of modernism and working as a professor at the university, I often work with an analytical approach including a historical-cultural background, while Stefan has an exuberant theatrical instinct and imagination. They take everything personally. It also uses cookies to display content such as YouTube videos and for marketing purposes. Text is taken from Act I, Scene 3 of Richard Wagner’s opera “Lohengrin”, first performed at Weimar in 1850. The frightened Elsa follows, and The Mystery of the Name from the orchestra, gloomy and sad, joined to The Doubt and followed by the motiv of Elsa, reminds us of all that has happened. Now Lohengrin appears alone and sad. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Wagner: Lohengrin - Otto Klemperer on AllMusic ... "Nie sollst du mich befragen" Richard Wagner. Telramund hides; the porter opens the gate ; servants go to the fountain to draw water ; four trumpeters sound The King’s Call ; and people move about. She must know his name. Elsa! The judgment of God reminds us of the combat and of eternal justice; a bell tolls, and, as Lohengrin announces to the astonished people that he will reveal his origin before the King, for Elsa has desired it, The Mystery of the Name is heard again, followed by The Grail. B4 Mein Lieber Schwan (Finale) STAMPED: Unverkäufliches Muster - Sample record, not for sale !! She puts the question boldly now, and The Mystery of the Name bursts from the orchestra. Photo: Karl Forster / Staatsoper Berlin. Would that he had a weapon to strike her dead ! No one answers. Meier on Isolde, Bayreuth and Ponnelle, Lioba Braun on Brangäne, Bayreuth and Wagner, Stephen Gould: Tristan is the end of the line, Penelope (Patrick Carnegy to The Guardian). It distressed him to learn, on his arrival, of the civil dissensions in this province, and he asks Telramund to explain why Brabant is without a prince and what is the trouble. Buy 3 CDs or download online. Elsa can trust him no longer. But for Stefan and me, there is one production of Lohengrin that has influenced us immensely, because we saw it during our years of study in Hamburg: Peter Konwitschny’s staging of Lohengrin. — The Wedding-March opens the prelude to Act HI, and, as the curtain rises upon the bridal chamber, the bridal procession, singing an epithalamium, Treulich gefuhrt, escorts Elsa and Lohengrin. (Lance Ryan on the audiences at Bayreuth), "People sometimes complain that Wagner operas are too long, that they get stiff and sore about 10.30 because they have rushed in to hear one of his works straight from work and are not properly prepared for listening to his music. Opposite are Frederick von Telramund, a Brabançon count (baritone), and Ortrude, his wife (mezzo-soprano), with the people of Brabant. (Benjamin Britten to Alan Blyth, Gramophone), "I was bowled over. The organ peals from the church, the people sing praises to the bridal pair and enter the portals, and Elsa, frightened by Ortrude’s menacing glance, presses closer to her Knight for protection. Peter Konwitschny's production of Lohengrin takes place in a classroom. Trumpet-calls answer each other from tower to tower. Then he salutes the King, and announces that he has come to be Elsa’s champion. Still, it is not too late, for if Telramund will permit her to do so, she will use her occult power ! already reeked of tragedy. Immediately the trumpets announce with great majesty and splendour the motive Lohengrin and Glory. Lohengrin: Act One - Nie sollst du mich befragen. In the bedchamber scene in the third act, however, we witness how Elsa longs for names and classifications, while Lohengrin symbolically raves about the enchanting perfume of flowers in the dark night. Telramund, stealthily creeping to Elsa, suggests that she will accept his aid if she wishes to keep her Knight forever. The King presents the bride to her husband, Elsa’s women remove her long mantle ; and pages, Lohengrin’s cloak. The curtain rises upon the inner court of the Palace at Antwerp. Owing to King Henry’s nobility and purity, Germany shall not be invaded by barbarians. Here The judgment of God is conspicuous. The people nearest the river are excited. Your stage production of Parsifal was clearly marked by its location in Bayreuth. Elsa rushes for Lohengrin’s, and, taking it from her, he kills Telramund instantly. Euch, Volk und Edlen, mach' ich kund. This legendary performance is set within a school class into which one adult, Lohengrin, gains access. When we sit together and open a score for the first time, we contribute different perspectives to the work of art, its time of composition and our times as well and subsequently create a new dimension together. Euch, Volk und Edlen, mach' ich kund. Lohengrin leads her to the couch on the right, and they sing their duet, Das Süsse Lied verhallt. This clashing of cultures – spiritual existence and human being, but also man and woman – is at the oscillating center of the work. 2:44 PREVIEW 33 SONGS, 2 HOURS, 34 MINUTES. By Richard Wagner Torsten Ralf, Leo Blech. The striking of those two worlds initiates the spark with which we then light the fire of interpretation and creation. Then he calls Telramund to the combat. Lohengrin must return to Montsalvat. 3:23 Listen Now Buy: £0.99 In MP3 Basket View MP3 Basket 13. He had hoped to restore Godfrey; if he should ever return she must give him, in the name of Lohengrin, this horn, to protect him in danger; this sword, an invincible weapon ; and this ring, from the champion of the defenceless. Ortrude slinks off to die in impotent rage ; the people gather around their young ruler ; and the orchestra plays The Grail, as the curtain falls. He bids his Swan an affectionate farewell (” Nun set bedankt, mein lieber Schwan “). The Doubt, The Mystery of the Name, and The Dark Plots are the chief motive in this scene; and, as King Henry enters the church with Lohengrin and Elsa, The King’s Call reappears. Ortrude approaches, and humbly enlists Elsa’s sympathy, and to such an extent that Elsa promises to be-friend her. Euch, Volk und Edlen, mach' ich kund Who is this Knight ? The Grail bursts forth on the trumpets, trombones, and bass tuba, and after a tremendous crescendo, fades away, like a vision, upon the muted violins. Juli 2010 - 18:54 Uhr. Festive music is heard from the Palace. ‘With greater distress, the Knight announces that his wife, under the evil influence of his enemies, has broken her vow. Since we will be working with string puppets, it is rather difficult to clearly state in a few words, what kind of "person" Lohengrin is. mußt Eines du geloben mir: - Nie sollst du mich befragen, noch Wissens Sorge tragen, woher ich kam der Fahrt, noch wie mein Nam' und Art! When Gottfried returns at the end – announced as the leader the people deserve – and a young boy appears in WWII gear, the shock is immense. Weiner Staatsoper (rec.1936/12/19 L) KOCH SCHWANN/3-1467-2(Austria)2CDs He accuses Elsa of fratricide. Stefan and I have worked together now for 10 years – we met during our studies in Hamburg and I was the dramaturg for his very first performance, ”Die Zauberflöte”. How do you handle the problematic of redemption or religious transfiguration in Lohengrin? Gut, das scheint auf den ersten Blick nicht viel mit Verkaufen zu tun zu haben. Telramund and Ortrude, miserably clad, are sitting on the steps of the church. Naturally enough, the Lohengrin motiv accompanies him. Walhall: WLCD0250. Richard Wagner - Lohengrin 1. Starting with Adolf Stahrs 1851 criticism of Lohengrin as a cold soldier from heaven, who strictly obeys divine orders,  the figure of the knight in shining armour has been a means of identification for the Emperor Wilhelm I as well as Adolf Hitler and is thus interwoven with German history. As the Knight debarks, we hear the Grail on the strings. He will be near her nuptial chamber; she need only call to him. What exactly is your, the dramaturg's, role in the Herheim team? Sándor Konya (Lohengrin), Leonie Rysanek (Elsa), Astrid Varnay (Ortrud), Ernest Blanc (Telramund), Keith Engen (King Henry) & Eberhard Waechter (herald) André Cluytens If Elsa’s curiosity should be aroused regarding the origin of the mysterious stranger, if they could only make her doubt and break her vow, the spell would be broken ! E-mail: At each thrust, The judgement of God sounds from the orchestra, treated in canon, and, as Lohengrin strikes his adversary, the Lohengrin motiv is again heard on the trumpets and trombones. 3:54 PREVIEW Lohengrin: In fernem Land. His ardent, passionate and somewhat naive belief in authoritarian guidance is of central interest to our starting point. 02:54 Henry cannot believe Elsa guilty ; but, as Telramund persists in his calumny, the King proposes The judgment of God, which motiv is heard on the trombones and bass tuba, followed by that of Elsa on the wood-wind. The motive of The Grail, Lohengrin, and Glory are heard from the orchestra with breadth and emphasis; and now that he has departed, the Lohengrin motiv is sorrowfully repeated in the minor. Again the Grail is heard, and The Mystery of the Name. Nie Sollst Du Mich Befragen: B1: Treulich Geführt: B2: Das Süße Lied Verhallt: B3: In Fernem Land: B4: Mein Lieber Schwan (Finale) Credits Baritone Vocals – Hans Braun; Bass Vocals ... Lohengrin … We have done Rheingold in Riga and Bergen, but this ”Vorabend” just opened a window to the immense building of the cycle. Noch bestimmter. Lohengrin takes the grief-stricken Elsa in his arms to bid her farewell. Tickets Heute Reduziert, Sichern Sie Ihre Sitzplätze, Deutschland Tickets 202 Nie sollst du mich befragen, noch Wissens Sorge tragen, woher ich kam der Fahrt, noch wie mein Nam' und Art.Den Versammelten … Another flourish of trumpets, and he proclaims that the strange Knight has declined the title of Duke of Brabant for that of Protector, and desires that his new subjects prepare for the King’s expeditions. Lohengrin: Act One - Nun hört ! Just as Elsa is about to enter the church, Ortrude suddenly bars the way, and asserts her claim to precedence. Hast du mich wohl vernommen? WHAT SHOULD WE MAKE OF THE PUZZLING “NIE SOLLST DU MICH BEFRAGEN” [NEVER SHALL YOU ASK ME]? The Dark Plots murmur from the orchestra. beginning with the line ‘Nie sollst du mich befragen’, literally translated as ‘Never shall you ask me’) also reveals problems that provide possible further insight into his character. Hast du mich wohl vernommen? Telramund upbraids Ortrude for having led him into disgrace ; Ortrude has made him forfeit honour. The dove of the Grail appears (The Grail is uttered by the orchestra, softly but with great solemnity ). Das fordert der geheimnisvolle Ritter, der zum Schutze für Elsa, Herzogin von Brabant, in einem von einem Schwan gezogenen Boot angefahren kommt. Of the latter’s education he had charge. In it stands a knight in silver armour. The Herald-at-Arms (bass) and his four trumpeters sound The King’s Call, demanding the allegiance of the Brabançon people (Hôrt ! musst Eines du geloben mir: - Nie sollst du mich befragen, noch Wissens Sorge tragen, woher ich kam der Fahrt, noch wie mein Nam und Art! Zug zu Munster 2 Intro act 3 3 Bridal chorus Photo: Karl Forster / Staatsoper Berlin, What kind of person is Lohengrin in your production? Kevin Clarke: Siegfried Wagner's homosexuality and its influences on Wagner performance history and the Bayreuth Festival, Peter Konwitschny: I do not consider myself a representative of the Regietheater, Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach: Since we will be working with string puppets, it is rather difficult to state what kind of "person" Lohengrin is, Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach: There is so much more than mere sentimentality to this great opera, Detlef Roth: Amfortas' Suffering is Germany's, Kasper Holten: Tannhäuser's Rome narrative is perhaps all fiction—but it is his best story ever, Lisbeth Balslev: You come to Bayreuth for the sake of art, Iréne The first complete cycle is planned in June 2021. she cannot utter his for she does not know it ! The human being does not seem to be able to take the enchantment – the heart decays. 30. The Herald-at-Arms sounds The King’s Call, and proclaims Telramund banished ; any one affording him protection shall suffer the same fate ! In astonishment, they see a bier advancing; it is the body of Telramund. ELSA (leise, fast bewusstlos) Nie, Herr, soll mir die Frage kommen! Photo: Karl Forster / Staatsoper Berlin, Stefan Herheim rehearsing. The King offers a prayer, “Mein Herr und Gott, nun ruf’ ich dich, which is followed by a quintette with chorus. Instantly, Godfrey, the young Duke of Brabant, steps upon the bank and runs to Elsa, who is momentarily overjoyed ; but again she faints in the arms of her women, for Lohengrin is now in his boat, which the dove is bearing away. In my view Lohengrin is a transcendence whose name you cannot ask – it is almost a definition of art. May Heaven give him wisdom to deal with this case ! Day breaks. This revives Telramund’s spirits, and he joins his wife in a terrible vow of imprecation, ” Der Rache Werk,” sung in octaves. Elsa appears upon the balcony. To his words, “Leb’ wohl, Leb’ wohl, mein lieber Schwan,” the Harmony of the Swan is given out by the two oboes, clarinet, and cor anglais. Once we have decided on which content to tell with the plot and rehearsals start, I am the first viewer during creation and perceive and criticize what’s going on. At this moment a boat comes down the river drawn by a swan. Meant Something in those Conditions, Daniel Slater: The four conspirators fall at his feet and Elsa faints in his arms. By Richard Wagner Torsten Ralf, Leo Blech. Lohengrin, Act I Scene 3: Nie sollst du mich befragen (Lohengrin) by Sándor Kónya. Now she fancies she see the Swan (the flutes and clarinets softly sigh the motiv of The Swan), coming for her husband. Do you watch – or study – other productions when you prepare for a new production? Here he sings as he did in Act I, when he charged her not to ask The Mystery of the Name, but now to the words, ” Nun hat sie ihren theurn Schwur gebrochen.” He will reveal his origin, but it will cost Elsa and himself all their happiness ! 16. Henry appoints witnesses, and the Herald proclaims the laws of the combat. The procession forms again and is about to enter the church when Telramund presents to the King his accusation of sorcery against Lohengrin; he demands the name of the Knight who has robbed him of honour. © Per-Erik Skramstad - Lohengrin passionately speaks Elsa’s name. The people try to defend her, but Telramund has another accusation ; Elsa has a secret love, and she desires to be ruler of Brabant in order to cherish her lover openly. Once more, as the curtain falls, reminiscences of the Lohengrin motiv rise from the orchestra. Already under his protection, she will await that mysterious knight ! Elsa, how ever, is insistent (The Doubt and The Mystery of the Name). The King orders the combat to be proclaimed, and the Herald and his trumpeters sound a call at the four cardinal points. ACT III. Nie sollst du mich befragen. Check out Lohengrin: Erster Aufzug - Nie sollst du mich befragen by Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House, Thomas Schippers, Brian Sullivan on Amazon Music. The judgment of God is heard in its original form, and the clarinets utter the phrase that we heard on the bass clarinet alone. Beneath a large oak sits Henry the Fowler, the Emperor of Germany (bass), surrounded by his Saxon knights. Elsa is an inspired individual who actually produces in her opening aria the redeeming work of art, Lohengrin. During our long preparatory work for a production we listen to very different recordings while we read the score. Lohengrin turns to Elsa. … Stefan Herheim rehearsing Lohengrin at Staatsoper Berlin. The astonished people hail his arrival. He must have grave reasons for keeping this secret, if he forbids his bride to demand it ! Von Götz Thieme. Lohengrin removes the chain binding the Swan, which dives into the river. He is a relative of the Duke and now he is his heir. Lohengrin orders the nobles to bear Telramund to the King, and, summoning Elsa’s women, bids them array their mistress, as Telramund’s body is borne off. We very rarely watch excerpts from DVD productions – and if, then usually once our concept is already formed. The latter is agitated, and his adherents suggest that he withdraws; but Telramund answers the challenge. The Herald announces that the Knight’s marriage will take place this morning. Misc. Euch, Volk und Edlen, mach' ich kund (Lohengrin… Are there any particular productions of Lohengrin that you find interesting? He is one of the Knights of the Grail; his father, Parsifal, is their first priest-king ; his own name is Lohengrin. The prelude to the first Act is constructed entirely upon the motiv of The Grail. Then, too, they might accuse the hero of sorcery ; he would have to reveal himself ! The Herald gives his call, and as Elsa (soprano) timidly enters with her women, the Elsa motiv appears on the wood-wind. It makes you a little bit scared, and it's really quite terrifying." It was the year after Wieland Wagner had died; to be able to see his productions was a total knock-out. ACT I. Lohengrin: Act One - Nie sollst du mich befragen. Szene - Lohengrins arrival. How do you consider the actuality of the work (of a work like) Lohengrin today? Now, if Telramund had only wounded him ever so slightly, the charm would have ceased ! “LOHENGRIN”, also called the tale of the “Swan Knight”, is one of the most famous operas by Richard Wagner and which abounds with worldwide popular works such as “Nie sollst Du mich befragen” (“Never ask me”) or “Treulich geführt (“Here comes the bride”) among others. Apart from providing inspiring material during the concept-period, I draft the program and write texts which allow the viewers to gain access to the performance via a verbal road as well. Having studied cello, before directing, Stefan is a prime musician with perfect hearing, while I studied German and American literature as well as art history. All the activity of the day begins. (noch bestimmter) Nie sollst du mich befragen, noch Wissens Sorge tragen, Nie sollst du mich befragen Diese Worte spricht in Richard Wagners (1813-1873) Oper »Lohengrin« der Titelheld Lohengrin zu Elsa von Brabant ( I , 3). The people de-part with a song that dies away in the distance. Grafen, Edle, Freie von Brabant). Ortrude offers a prayer to her pagan gods, Wotan and Freïa ; but when Elsa re-enters, she again becomes humble. LOHENGRIN (gesteigert, sehr ernst) Elsa! There is no response. These bare stagings, where everything was done with lighting. Lohengrin---Paul Kötter Elza---Margarethe Teschemacher König Heinrich---Herbert Alsen Telramund---Emil Schipper. Must he go ? During opening night people were divided into booing their brains out and applauding enthusiastic ovations – unfulfilled expectations met with new experiences. Do I believe in the auratic magic of Lohengrin? Marionettes used in Stefan Herheim's production of Lohengrin. Lohengrin addresses the Swan in words that are not understood by the people; he wishes he could see it freed from the spell that holds it ! Lohengrin, Act I Scene 3: Nie sollst du mich befragen (Lohengrin) by Sándor Kónya. The light changed with the music, and the shadows and patterns seemed as archetypal as the music itself. The audience, as much as the artists, must be prepared for a performance." Lohengrin tries to check her. (Keith Warner, The Guardian), "I have never come across an audience with so much hatred, so much anger, such a thirst for revenge. The martial music and the constant  military cheering was thus reduced to a playful lightness, but the love story between the grown powerful man and the intimidated young Elsa (unforgettable in this role: Inga Nielsen, who died much too early a year ago!) It is a fascinating experience to create Parsifal and Lohengrin within the same team, since during our work on Wager’s last piece we often felt redeemed listening to the zestful music of Lohengrin, while working on Lohengrin, we dream of the complex layers of Parsifal. The combat takes place according to ceremony. Then the eight violins, three flutes, two oboes, one cor anglais, two clarinets, one bass clarinet, and strings unite to describe the mysteries of Montsalvat. How much sense do we allow ourselves to be deduced from sensuality? The Mystery of the Name is breathed out upon the flute and clarinet. She will reward him with her hand, and share her crown with him ! Elsa promises that she will gain her lover’s sympathy for Ortrude, and Ortrude shall be one of her bridal train. This record comes from the collection of a former DGG director ! The wood-wind utters delicate phrases, and all through this bridal music the first violin sings a beautiful and impressive melody, while the people attest their good wishes (” Gesegnet soil sie schreiten”).
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