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Strauss: Salome / Orozco-Estrada, Frankfurt Radio Symphony

Release Date: 11/17/2017 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186602  
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Emily MageePeter BronderMichaela SchusterWolfgang Koch,   ... 
Conductor:  Andres Orozco-Estrada
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Desire. Brutality. Lust. Slyness. Anxiety. What a fascinatingly menacing thematic melange is seething in this Salome. Richard Strauss, the “nervous contrapuntalist,” had immediately recognized the potential of Oscar Wilde’s play, and had proceeded to add to it a musical meta-plane, which resulted in Salome becoming the scandalous new point of departure for opera in the 20th century. In its vivid psychological depiction of a corrupt world, Salome is, at the same time, both child of and witness to the dawning of the 20th century – a reflection of a moribund late-bourgeois era, captivated by its own putrefaction. The opera hit the nerve of the times. Strauss poured the
Read more Salome catastrophe into a one-act opera lasting a mere 100 minutes. However, these are 100 highly condensed minutes, which demand the listener’s full and uninterrupted attention without any break; first torturing him emotionally and then trickling the venom of sweet, seductive music into his ears and mind; laying his nerves bare, then making him tremble in aroused expectation. The new Pentatone album featuring the young, up-and-coming conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada leading the hr Symphony Orchestra (formerly Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) is a live recording of a concert given on September 10, 2016 in Frankfurt.



Orozco-Estrada’s approach is unrushed and often expansive. Magee’s Salome spits out her words as part of a characterization of the Judean princess that’s compellingly real and convincing. An unusually persuasive aural drama and a deeply musical account of the score – a compelling listen featuring a fine cast and expertly conducted. It’s a set that can be warmly recommended.

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Works on This Recording

Salome, Op. 54 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Emily Magee (Soprano), Peter Bronder (Tenor), Michaela Schuster (Mezzo Soprano),
Wolfgang Koch (Baritone), Benjamin Bruns (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andres Orozco-Estrada
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 

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