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Strauss: Elektra / Herlitzius, Pape, Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden


Release Date: 08/05/2014 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002114902   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Anne SchwanewilmsRené PapeEvelyn HerlitziusWaltraud Meier
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the Strauss 150th anniversary year, this is Deutsche Grammophon’s new key audio release: a truly electrifying once in a lifetime performance of Strauss’ Elektra in the Berlin Philharmonie from January 2014. The recording features today’s dream cast for Elektra: Evelyn Herlitzius, Anne Schwanewilms, Waltraud Meier and Rene Pape, all under the expert baton of Strauss master Christian Thielemann. This is a historic release since the opera was premiered in Dresden in 1909, with the Staatskapelle – and the orchestra recorded it only once before (in 1960: also for DG with Karl Bohm).

“...with this production the soprano Evelyn Herlitzius confirms her status as perhaps the finest Elektra of her generation.“ New York Times
In the Strauss 150th anniversary year, this is Deutsche Grammophon’s new key audio release: a truly electrifying once in a lifetime performance of Strauss’ Elektra in the Berlin Philharmonie from January 2014. The recording features today’s dream cast for Elektra: Evelyn Herlitzius, Anne Schwanewilms, Waltraud Meier and Rene Pape, all under the expert baton of Strauss master Christian Thielemann. This is a historic release since the opera was premiered in Dresden in 1909, with the Staatskapelle – and the orchestra recorded it only once before (in 1960: also for DG with Karl Bohm).

“...with this production the soprano Evelyn Herlitzius confirms her status as perhaps the finest Elektra of her generation.“ New York Times
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Works on This Recording

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Elektra, Op. 58 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Anne Schwanewilms (Soprano), René Pape (Bass), Evelyn Herlitzius (Soprano),
Waltraud Meier (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 

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