Berg: Lulu

Short Reviews

by Herbert Kupferberg

(two versions: Böhm, Lear, Fischer-Dieskau on DGG-l39273/75, and Ludwig, Rothenberger, Blankenheim on Angel SCL-3726). Double or nothing: for years there was no stereo Lulu; now there are two. Both have their merits, but right from the brash opening monologue, the DGG set is clearly a case of the right people in the right opera. Berg’s atonal score and amoral heroine seem perfectly meshed in the conducting of Karl Böhm and the singing of Evelyn Lear.