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Strauss: Salome / Solti, Nilsson, Vienna Philharmonic

Release Date: 06/13/2006 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000692102   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gerhard StolzeBirgit NilssonGrace HoffmanJosephine Veasey,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 39 Mins. 

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There may have actually been “greater” Salomes in recordings of Salome; Hildegard Behrens is arguably more insightful, and Montserrat Caballé more kittenish and vocally opulent–but Nilsson is in a class by herself. Normal human beings–even great singers who seem supernatural–have flaws; Nilsson has none. You never worry whether she will find the center of a note or end the long-breathed phrase gallantly–she always does. Now that Decca has returned the original, grotesque photograph of her to the cover, you’ll know what to expect.

She, Solti, and recording engineer John Culshaw were all of a mind: make the most viscerally exciting, over-the-top recording of a masterpiece that
Read more should knock the socks off listeners, and that they did. Strauss’ gigantic orchestration never has sounded bigger or clearer, the interpretations of the singers never wilder. To hear Gerhard Stolze’s Herod is to meet insanity; Grace Hoffmann’s jealous and vicious Herodias is almost a match for Nilsson in strength. Eberhard Waechter’s Jokanaan is a bit throaty but the character’s fanaticism is never in doubt. And don’t get me wrong–Nilsson does more than sing perfectly: she cajoles, she rejoices, the voice quivers with delight, the words are spat out. The final apotheosis will send shivers down your spine.

The Vienna Philharmonic under Solti is magnificent. This will exhaust you, as rightly a Salome should.

-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Salome, Op. 54 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gerhard Stolze (Tenor), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Grace Hoffman (Mezzo Soprano),
Josephine Veasey (Mezzo Soprano), Stefan Schwer (Tenor), Paul Kuen (Tenor),
Max Proebstl (Bass), Aron Gestner (Tenor), Tom Krause (Baritone),
Nigel Douglas (Tenor), Zenon Kosnowski (Bass), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone),
Heinz Holecek (Baritone), Theodore Kirschbichler (Bass), Liselotte Maikl (Soprano),
Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor), Kurt Equiluz (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1961 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 99 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 

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