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R. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos / Janowitz, Kempe


Release Date: 09/16/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 08824   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Annelies BurmeisterErich-Alexander WindsEberhard BüchnerSylvia Geszty,   ... 
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The reissue of this 1968 EMI recording is a cause for loud cheering: for this is one of the best of all Strauss opera recordings, and one of the elect among opera recordings of any kind. The work – an elaborate, richly wrought backstage comedy-drama with a disquisition on the nature of art at its centre – can seem one of the delights of the medium, or else a slightly arch, ponderous operatic conceit. The deciding factor is always the conductor; and here Rudolf Kempe, one of the century’s supreme Straussians, renders the piece whole, natural in balance (a tricky business given Strauss’s opulent scoring for chamber forces), fluently dramatic through all of its sections, and radiant of sound and substance in every bar. He has the inestimable Read more bonus of the Dresden players, who are natives to this music, but the unfussed style of the performance – apparently so effortless, actually so hard to achieve – is the conductor’s hallmark. He also has the benefit of one of the best-balanced Ariadne casts on record. One might argue that individual contributions have been equalled or even surpassed elsewhere; it is the apt matching and idiomatic rightness of the ensemble that one admires here. Gundula Janowitz, an eloquently steady, refined, inward-turned opera seria heroine, lacks only the final degree of expansiveness in the highest-lying phrases; Teresa Zylis-Gara, a touch cool with some of the composer’s most memorable utterances, sings with parallel refinement of tone; Sylvia Geszty is the wittiest and most exuberantly colourful of Zerbinettas. The antics of the commedia dell’arte quartet give unalloyed pleasure (by no means always the case); each of Strauss’s marvellous small parts registers its exact point and purpose. Only James King’s Bacchus, loud and callow, counts as a weak point.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 3 (out of 5)

– Max Loppert, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Annelies Burmeister (Mezzo Soprano), Erich-Alexander Winds (Spoken Vocals), Eberhard Büchner (Tenor),
Sylvia Geszty (Soprano), James King (Tenor), Hermann Prey (Baritone),
Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Teresa Zylis-Gara (Soprano), Peter Schreier (Tenor),
Theo Adam (Bass)
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911/1916; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 113 Minutes 17 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Prologue: Ouvertüre (Orchester)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Prologue: Mein Herr Haushofmeister! (Musiklehrer/Haushofmeister?lakai/Offizier)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Prologue: Lieber Freund! (Komponist/Lakai)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Prologue: O, ich möcht' vieles ändern (Komponist)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Prologue: Das! Für einen Bacchus! (Tenor/Komponist/Perückenmacher)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Prologue: Erst nach der Oper kommen wir daran (Zerbinetta/Primadonna/Musiklehrer/Komponist/Tanzmeister)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Prologue: Nach meiner Oper? (Komponist/Musiklehrer)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Prologue: Meine Partner! (Zerbinetta/Komponist/Musiklehrer/Primadonna/Tanzmeister)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Prologue: Die Herrschaften stehen vom Tisch auf! (Lakai/Musiklehrer/Haushofmeister/Primadonna/Tanzmeister/Tenor/Zerbinetta/Komponist)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Prologue: Ich weiss nicht (Musiklehrer/Komponist/Tanzmeister/Tenor/Primadonna/Zerbinetta)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Prologue: Nein, Herr, so kommt as nicht! (Komponist/Zerbinetta/Musiklehrer)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 Digital Remaster), PROLOGUE: Kindekopf! Markt auf! (Zerbinetta/Komponist)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 Digital Remaster), PROLOGUE: An ihre Plätze, meine Damen und Herrn! (Musiklehrer/Primadonna/Komponist)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Oper: Ouvertüre (Orchester)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Oper: Schläft sie? (Najade/Dryade/Echo)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Oper: Ach! wo war ich! (Ariadne/Echo/Harlekin/Zerbinetta/Truffaldin)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Oper: Ein Schönes war, hiess Theseus-Ariadne (Ariadne/Najade/Dryade/Echo/Harlekin/Zerbinetta/Scaramuccio/Truffaldin)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Oper: Ach, so versuchet doch ein kleines Lied! (Zerbinetta/Harlekin)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Oper: En gibt ein Reich (Ariadne)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Oper: Die Dame gibt mit trüben Sinn (Brighella/Scaramucchio/Harlekin/Truffaldin/Harlekin)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Oper: Grossmachtige Prinzessin (Zerbinetta)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Oper: Hübsch gapredigt! (Harlekin/Zerbinetta/Brighella/Scaramuccio/Truffaldin)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Oper: Ein schönes Wunder! (Dryade/Najade/Echo)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Oper: Circe! Circe, kannst du mich hören? (Bacchus/Ariadne/Najade/Dryade/Echo)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Oper: Du schönes Wesen! (Bacchus/Ariadne)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Oper: Bin ich ein Gott (Bacchus/Ariadne)
Ariadne auf Naxos (1992 - Remaster), Oper: Gibt es kein Hinüber? (Ariadne/Bacchus/Najade/Dryade/Echo/Zerbinetta)

Customer Reviews

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 It's the artistry....stupid! June 4, 2013 By Harry Freeman-Jones (Syracuse, NY) See All My Reviews "Stupid plot...glorious music! What a joy to have this splendid reissue available and sounding better than ever! The cast is legendary, the performance is everything it should be. The singers are committed to their roles and sing as if their lives depend on giving the listener the most for their money, which in this case is an exceptional bargain! Nuance, character, incomparable artistry manage to leave one feeling that he or she has indeed encountered the divine. With Janowitz crowning the cast...how could it be otherwise!" Report Abuse
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