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Strauss: Arabella / Jeffrey Tate, Kiri Te Kanawa

Release Date: 11/30/2011 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 417623   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Helga DerneschErnst GutsteinPeter SeiffertGabriele Fontana,   ... 
Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 38 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa brings considerable insight into Arabella's character, with an appropriate touch of coolness while still being lovable. A shining performance.

Arabella has gradually become the most popular of Strauss's operas after Der Rosenkavalier and it is not really surprising. The score is almost consistently romantic and entrancing; although there are some relatively weak passages, so there are in most operas... Dame Kiri Te Kanawa...has considerable insight into Arabella's character—her scene with Elemer in Act 1 is really first rate—and is entirely believable, with just that touch of coolness that I believe the best Arabellas should always have. She is lovable, too, in the musing aria that opens Act 3. It is
Read more a shining performance and her many admirers will rejoice that this permanent record of a role she adorns is available at last... Ernst Gutstein's Waldner and Helga Dernesch's Adelaide are memorably vivid vocal characterizations of Arabella's feckless parents... Peter Seiffert is as plausible as it is possible to be as Matteo, and sings what is sometimes one of Strauss's thankless tenor roles with a heroic ring...

-- Gramophone [2/1988]
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Works on This Recording

Arabella, Op. 79 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Helga Dernesch (Mezzo Soprano), Ernst Gutstein (Baritone), Peter Seiffert (Tenor),
Gabriele Fontana (Soprano), Franz Grundheber (Baritone), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929-1932; Germany 
Length: 158 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 

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