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Strauss: Salome / Grigorian, Welser-Most, Vienna Philharmonic

Release Date: 07/26/2019 
Label:  Unitel Edition   Catalog #: 801608  
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Anna Maria ChiuriAsmik GrigorianJohn DaszakGábor Bretz,   ... 
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Richard Strauss’s opera at the Salzburg Festival, staged by Romeo Castellucci at the Felsenreitschule, was nothing short of a sensation! Debuting in the title role, Asmik Grigorian propelled herself to international stardom with her mesmerizing singing and acting abilities. The exceptional soprano recently won the International Opera Award as best singer. To witness Maestro Franz Welser-Most performing together with the Wiener Philharmoniker and an outstanding cast “makes you think you are hearing the piece in its most perfect incarnation yet” (Financial Times). “Asmik Grigorian sweeps all in her wake in the title role of Strauss’s opera.
Read more […] Here is a Salome to end all Salomes. […] In total, it is stunning…" (Financial Times) “thrilling” (Spiegel Online) “A breathtakingly dense, musically epoch-making […] Salome, which brought the house down!” (Neue Zurcher Zeitung)
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Works on This Recording

Salome, Op. 54 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Anna Maria Chiuri (Soprano), Asmik Grigorian (Soprano), John Daszak (Tenor),
Gábor Bretz (Bass), Julian Prégardian (Tenor)
Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A Big Mistake August 11, 2019 By G. Paterson (Wilmette, IL) See All My Reviews "Is Asmik Grigorian “the Salome to end all Salomes?” That was the claim that lured me to buy this DVD. And how does that claim hold up? I’ll come to that, but first some words about the production. This is Eurotrash on stilts. The director’s goal is to mock and trash Strauss’s masterpiece in every way he can think of. The singers’ actions, gestures, and demeanors, the onstage images, the props, all are chosen explicitly to contradict and subvert the composer’s intentions. Here are some of the director’s innovations. All the male principals, including the quintet of Jews, are dressed identically—in suits, overcoats, and fedoras—and all their faces are painted red from the nose down. Herod urges Salome to share his wine and fruit when he has neither wine nor fruit to share. Jokanaan is presented in the blackest of blackface so that when Salome admires the whiteness of his flesh, it is nonsense. Salome’s famous dance is this: she crouches motionless on a pedestal throughout the entire 9 minutes of dance music. No dance, no veils, and no appreciative Herod, as he has left the room. After the non-dance, what the executioners present to Salome is not the head of Jokanaan but the head of a horse plus a headless male corpse (seated in a chair so that she can sit in its lap). And to conclude, when Herod calls out, “Kill that woman!” nobody lifts a finger. And we mustn’t overlook the many colorful added touches, such as the conspicuous menstrual stain on the heroine’s white dress. This ugly travesty exists solely to give the finger to Richard Strauss and to all who revere his genius. And what of the singers and the musical values? I’m willing to believe that Grigorian, a lively, attractive young singer, may have what it takes to enact this challenging role convincingly. But since she has been explicitly directed NOT to do so, there is no evidence here. As for her vocal/tonal qualities, the rather poor sound quality of this DVD simply leaves us wondering. The inadequate audio works against the other singers and the orchestra as well. So beware. This Salome was an event that should never have happened, and this DVD is on its way to my trash can." Report Abuse
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