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Richard Strauss: Salome / Schroder, Lorenz, Klose, Et Al

Release Date: 07/28/2009 
Label:  Myto Records   Catalog #: 211   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Max LorenzInge BorkhMargarete KloseFerdinand Frantz
Conductor:  Kurt Schröder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hessian Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

R. STRAUSS Salome Kurt Schröder, cond; Inge Borkh ( Salome ); Max Lorenz ( Herodes ); Margarethe Klose ( Herodias ); Ferdinand Frantz ( Jochanaan ); Hessian RSO MYTO 211 (2 CDs: 149:38) Live: Frankfurt 1952

This 1952 live performance of Read more style="font-style:italic">Salome has previously been available on various labels. Myto has re-released it at budget price, but without any booklet, libretto, or liner notes enclosed. That’s a real shame, because this recording has lots of interesting things to offer. First of all, there’s the remarkable cast of singers: Inge Borkh is one of the greatest Salomes ever to be recorded on disc. Her dramatic projection and variety of tone remain unsurpassed. Compared to her 1958 recording under Mitropoulos, this recording has more spontaneity and drama. Both Max Lorenz as Herodes and Ferdinand Frantz as Jochanaan set high standards for their parts as well. The rest of the cast offers strong support and makes this entire production a significant venture. Second, Kurt Schröder leads his forces with passion and energy. The orchestra plays rigorously, although ensemble playing and intonation occasionally suffer from inaccuracy and fatigue. The only true drawback of this recording has nothing to do with the performance itself; Myto decided to end the first disc with Salome’s dance. A good idea, if it were not that they decided to break off in the middle and continue the rest on the second disc. Was there really no way to find a solution for this? Apart from this unacceptable interruption, this recording is quite a gem. Although the sound is dated, it remains crisp and transparent throughout.

There’s no shortage of excellent Salome recordings available. Karajan’s reading on EMI from the mid 1970s with Behrens, Van Dam, and the Vienna Philharmonic remains a classic. Mitropoulos’s earlier-mentioned 1958 recording, available on Living Stage with Borkh and Vinay, is of equally high level and has better sound overall. However, this recording is a real bargain. In many ways, it remains unmatched (exquisite singing and passionate conducting, to name just a few virtues). A priceless and low-cost addition to your collection.

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Works on This Recording

Salome, Op. 54 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Max Lorenz (Tenor), Inge Borkh (Soprano), Margarete Klose (Mezzo Soprano),
Ferdinand Frantz (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Kurt Schröder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hessian Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 

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