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Strauss: The Great Operas

Strauss / Rudolf Kempe
Release Date: 01/14/2014 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 3179923   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gerd NienstedtJosé Van DamAgnes BaltsaHorst Nitsche,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von KarajanWolfgang SawallischRudolf KempeMarek Janowski,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraBavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraBavarian Radio Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 22 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

From the still-unsurpassed violence of Elektra to the quiet and witty leave-taking in Capriccio, Richard Strauss continually renewed both his own style and the genre of opera itself over the course of a career spanning half a century, during which he never lost his love for the human voice – especially soprano – or a keenly honed instinct for the marriage of music and drama. Here are ten of his greatest operas, featuring the greatest Straussian singers and conductors of the last half-century. From the still-unsurpassed violence of Elektra to the quiet and witty leave-taking in Capriccio, Richard Strauss continually renewed both his own style and the genre of opera itself over the course of a career spanning half a century, during which he never lost his love for the human voice – especially soprano – or a keenly honed instinct for the marriage of music and drama. Here are ten of his greatest operas, featuring the greatest Straussian singers and conductors of the last half-century. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Salome, Op. 54 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gerd Nienstedt (Bass), José Van Dam (Baritone), Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano),
Horst Nitsche (Soprano), Karl-Walter Böhm (Tenor), Wieslaw Ochman (Tenor),
Hildegard Behrens (Soprano), Heljä Angervo (Alto), Jules Bastin (Bass),
Kurt Rydl (Bass), Heinz Zednik (Tenor), David Knutson (Tenor),
Martin Vantin (Tenor), Gerhard Unger (Tenor), Dieter Ellenbeck (Tenor),
Helge Von Bömches (Bass), Erich Kunz (Bass)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1977-78 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 105 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Elektra, Op. 58 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Caroline Maria Petrig (Soprano), Eva Martón (Soprano), Birgit Calm (Mezzo Soprano),
Shirley Close (Mezzo Soprano), Daphne Evangelatos (Alto), Carmen Anhorn (Mezzo Soprano),
Alfred Kuhn (Baritone), Ulrich Ress (Tenor), Dorothea Giepel (Soprano),
Kurt Moll (Bass), Victoria Wheeler (Mezzo Soprano), Bernd Weikl (Baritone),
Hermann Winkler (Tenor), Cheryl Studer (Soprano), Julia Faulkner (Soprano),
Marjana Lipovsek (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1990 
Venue:  Herkulessaal, Residenz, Munich 
Length: 112 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Franz Bierbach (Bass), Paul Kuen (Tenor), Karl Friedrich (Tenor),
Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Anny Felbermayer (Soprano),
Otto Edelmann (Bass), Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Harald Pröglhöf (Baritone),
Gerhard Unger (Tenor), Erich Majkut (Tenor), Kerstin Meyer (Mezzo Soprano),
Teresa Stich-Randall (Soprano), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus,  Loughton Girls School Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
4.
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), James King (Tenor), Sylvia Geszty (Soprano),
Teresa Zylis-Gara (Soprano), Hermann Prey (Baritone), Peter Schreier (Tenor),
Theo Adam (Bass Baritone), Eberhard Büchner (Baritone), Erich-Alexander Winds (Spoken Vocals),
Annelies Burmeister (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911/1916; Germany 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden 
Length: 118 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  René Kollo (Tenor), Andreas Schmidt (Baritone), Cheryl Studer (Soprano),
Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Bass), Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano), Alfred Muff (Bass Baritone),
Kurt Rydl (Bass), Ute Vinzing (Soprano), Kenneth Garrison ()
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tölz Boys Choir,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914-1918; Germany 
Length: 130 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6.
Intermezzo, Op. 72 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Lucia Popp (Soprano), Gabriele Fuchs (Soprano),
Adolf Dallapozza (Tenor), Gudrun Greindl-Rosner (Soprano), Karin Hautermann (Mezzo Soprano),
Martin Finke (Tenor), Raimund Grumbach (Baritone), Klaus Hirte (Baritone),
Jörn W. Wilsing (Baritone), Kurt Moll (Bass), Philipp Brammer (Spoken Vocals),
Erika Rüggeberg (Spoken Vocals), Elisabeth Woska (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918-1923; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1980 
Venue:  Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 132 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Die schweigsame Frau, Op. 80 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Eberhard Büchner (Tenor), Wolfgang Schöne (Bass), Helmut Berger-Tuna (Bass),
Annelies Burmeister (Mezzo Soprano), Theo Adam (Bass Baritone), Klaus Hirte (Tenor),
Carola Nossek (Soprano), Jeanette Scovotti (Soprano), Werner Haselau (Baritone),
Johannes Kemter (Spoken Vocals), Trudeliese Schmidt (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1933-1934; Germany 
8.
Capriccio, Op. 85 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Edward Darling (Tenor), David Winnard (Tenor),
Anna Moffo (Soprano), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano),
Hans Hotter (Baritone), Rudolf Christ (Tenor), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano),
Dermot Troy (Tenor), Karl Schmitt-Walter (Baritone), Edgar Fleet (Tenor),
Wolfgang Sawallisch (Spoken Vocals), Dennis Wicks (Bass), Ian Humphries (Tenor),
John Hauxvell (Bass), Geoffrey Walls (Bass), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone),
Leslie Fyson (Bass)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1940-1941; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1957-58 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 134 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
Friedenstag, Op. 81 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Kevin Connors (), Bernd Weikl (Baritone), Marlene Paul (Mezzo Soprano),
Sabine Hass (Soprano), Jan Vacik (Tenor), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Bass),
Alfred Kuhn (Bass), Florian Cerny (Baritone), Gerhard Auer (Bass),
Thomas Woodman (Baritone), Eduardo Villa (Tenor), Robert Schunk (Tenor),
Kurt Moll (Bass), Cornelia Wulkopf (Alto), Karl Helm (Bass),
Dorothea Giepel (Soprano), Annegeer Stumphius (Soprano), Cornelia Helfricht (),
Andreas Kohn (Bass), Andrew Murphy (Bass Baritone), Gerhard Brückel (),
Jaako Ryhänan (Bass)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1935-1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/22/1988 
Venue:  Live  State Opera House, Munich, Germany 
Length: 76 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 
10.
Daphne, Op. 82 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Alexander Senger (Tenor), Ludwig Baumann (Baritone), Wolfgang Vater (Bass),
Matthias Hölle (Bass), Dorothea Wirtz (Soprano), Uta-Maria Flake (Soprano),
Ortrun Wenkel (Alto), Reiner Goldberg (Tenor), Lucia Popp (Soprano),
Peter Schreier (Tenor), Kurt Moll (Bass)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1936-1937; Germany 
Language: German 

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 Classic Omissions March 15, 2014 By Joan  T. (East Hampton, NY) See All My Reviews "A comprehensive collection of Strauss operas but missing one vital element, the identity of the singers with their roles. It would also have been nice to have brief summaries of the operas." Report Abuse
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