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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Kleiber, Watson, Fassbaender

Release Date: 11/14/2006 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 1466   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Karl RidderbuschBrigitte FassbaenderClaire Watson
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera OrchestraBavarian State Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

R. STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier Carlos Kleiber, cond; Claire Watson ( Marschallin ); Brigitte Fassbaender ( Octavian ); Karl Ridderbusch ( Baron Ochs ); Hilda de Groote ( Sophie ); Benno Kusche ( Faninal ); et al; Bavarian St Op O & Ch OPERA D’ORO 1466 Read more (3 CDs: 176:17) Live: Monaco 7/20/1974

Carlos Kleiber never recorded Der Rosenkavalier commercially, and that remains a pity. But fortunately a number of live performances Kleiber made throughout the years have survived. The present release on Opera d’Oro may have been one of the best. Taken from a memorable night in Monaco in 1974, this release has a lot to marvel at.

Kleiber’s magnificent conducting and the orchestra’s exquisite playing are the main reasons for acquiring this release. Kleiber was a magician, and what he does here is once again outstanding. There’s a kind of confidence and humor in the way the music flows. The Bavarian Opera Orchestra plays with great commitment and technical excellence. The strings glow like old gold, and the winds are richly colorful.

The cast is fine, too. Claire Watson as the Marschallin may not have the purity of Schwarzkopf on her legendary EMI recording with Karajan, but she certainly has many qualities. She and the brilliant Brigitte Fassbaender as Octavian form a fantastic pair of lovers. Karl Ridderbusch is a fine Ochs, and Hilda de Groote is equally admirable as Sophie. The rest of the cast is never less than very good.

The only weakness of this release is the sound. The orchestra and singers remain fuzzy and out of focus throughout. Everyone seems to be positioned at least a hundred meters away from the microphones. And the singers are regularly overpowered by the orchestra.

This is a great artistic performance with many enjoyable moments. If you don’t mind the mediocre, blurry sound, you should get this one.

FANFARE: Bart Verhaeghe
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Works on This Recording

Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Karl Ridderbusch (), Brigitte Fassbaender (), Claire Watson ()
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Venue:  Live  Monaco 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Act One: Introduction
Act One: Wie du warst! Wie du bist!
Act One: Du bist mein Bub, du bist mein Schatz!
Act One: Der Feldmarschall sitzt im krowatischen Wald
Act One: Quinquin, es ist ein Besuch
Act One: Selbstverständlich empfängt mich Ihro Gnaden
Act One: Hat Sie schon einmal
Act One: Macht das einen lahmen Esel aus mir?
Act One: Gehen mir Euer Gnaden den Grasaff' da
Act One: Wollen Euer Gnaden leicht den jungen Herren da
Act One: I Komm' glei
Act One: Di rigori armato il seno
Act One: Als Morgengabe
Act One: Mein lieber Hippolyte
Act One: Da geht er hin, der aufgeblas'ne schlechte Kerl
Act One: Ach, du bist wieder da!
Act One: Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar' Ding
Act One: Mein schöner Schatz
Act One: Ich werd' jetzt in die Kirchen gehn
Act Two: Introduction
Act Two: Ein ernster Tag, ein grosser Tag!
Act Two: In dieser feierlichen Stunde der Prüfung
Act Two: Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren
Act Two: Ich kenn' Ihn schon recht wohl, mon Cousin!
Act Two: Jetzt aber kommt mein Herr Zukünftiger
Act Two: Brav, faninal, Er weiss was sich gehört
Act Two: Wird kommen über Nacht
Act Two: Hab' nichts dawider
Act Two: ...was Sie ist...Mit Ihren Augen voll Tränen
Act Two: Herr Baron von Lerchenau!
Act Two: Er muss mich pardonieren
Act Two: Da lieg' ich!
Act Two: Da..."Herr Kavalier!"

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