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Strauss: Salome / Karajan, Behrens, Van Dam, Baltsa, Et Al

Release Date: 09/21/1999 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67159   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gerd NienstedtJosé van DamAgnes BaltsaHorst Nitsche,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fans of soprano Hildegard Behrens should flock to this set if they don’t already own it–it is her finest recording. She ideally captures the girl/woman Salome, singing with perfect diction, round tone, and alternately iron will and sultry pleading. Her tone rings free at all dynamic levels and from top to bottom–she just may be the finest all-around Salome on CD. José van Dam’s Jokanaan is ferocious in its fundamentalism, but he’s also sympathetic and EMI’s engineers do wonders to make his voice seem truly grand. Agnes Baltsa, in fine voice, eats up the scenery, as does her Herod, Karl-Walter Böhm. Wieslaw Ochman is a fine Narraboth. Needless to say, the Vienna Philharmonic plays gorgeously. Herbert von Karajan’s reading of the Read more score is much softer than some other versions, which may be a negative factor for certain listeners. Unlike Solti, he plays down the score’s violence. This isn’t a bad thing (particularly when voluptuousness and exoticism takes its place), but it definitely makes for a different experience. In short, this is a truly satisfying Salome, especially if destiny, rather than destruction, is your cup of tea.

- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Salome, Op. 54 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gerd Nienstedt (Bass), José van Dam (Baritone), Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano),
Horst Nitsche (Soprano), Karl-Walter Böhm (Tenor), Wieslaw Ochman (Tenor),
Hildegard Behrens (Soprano), Heljä Angervo (Alto), Jules Bastin (Bass),
Kurt Rydl (Bass), Heinz Zednik (Tenor), David Knutson (Tenor),
Martin Vantin (Tenor), Gerhard Unger (Tenor), Dieter Ellenbeck (Tenor),
Helge Von Bömches (Bass), Erich Kunz (Bass)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1977-78 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 105 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: German 

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