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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Karajan, Schwarzkopf, Ludwig


Release Date: 09/11/2001 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67609   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Eberhard WächterTeresa Stich-RandallKerstin MeyerFranz Bierbach,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia ChorusLoughton Girls School Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In March last year, JBS looked forward to the transfer to CD of the Schwarzkopf/Karajan Der Rosenkavalier of 1959; and here it is. It really does triumph over them all—even the outstanding 1969 Solti/Decca—and the triumph is, almost entirely, Schwarzkopfs own.

She stands at the centre of it as a Marschallin who incarnates that sense of "the holiest exuberance of life" about which Stefan Zweig wrote of the pre-war years, and which is, in turn," incar nated uniquely in this opera. There is never any sense of mere manner: rather her volatility, dignity, and her ability to catch the evanescent lifebreath of each word and phrase as it is spun into line sets the pace and spirit of the performance as a whole. When she
Read more and the orchestra are alone together for the first time, in "Da geht er hin", there is a tension which I find nowhere else.

Karajan, without the opulent acoustic or playing of the Vienna Philharmonic for DG 25 years later, captures the essential fragility and ambiguity as well as the hedonism of the score, springing into dance under the feet of the dialogue, catching the transparent, Mozartian element of its writing as he has never done since.

-- Gramophone [1/1988]
reviewing this set previously reissued as EMI 49354

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As to the performance, I have said many times that this would be my first choice as a 'desert island' opera set, and I feel that more than ever with all the principals at their very finest-Schwarzkopf and Ludwig a supreme partnership. For more detail go back to JBS's excellent review in October 1983 of the last re-mastering. Karajan in 1956, as in his recent DG recording, observed statutory cuts, but the truth of Rosenkavalier has never lain in the extra bits of quasi-recitative, and this intensely beautiful, polished yet passionate performance still brings more truth than any rival, one of the supreme achievements of both Karajan and Legge.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [3/1985]
reviewing an LP reissue of this recording

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Schwarzkopf’s rapturously tragic Marschallin may be the star of Karajan’s intensely emotional 1956 recording, but with Christa Ludwig’s fervent Octavian, Teresa Stich-Randall’s refulgent Sophie and singers of the calibre of Ljuba Welitsch as Marianne and Nicolai Gedda as the Italian tenor, this is luxurious in every sense.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Claire Wrathall, BBC Music Magazine

This set includes the full libretto.
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Works on This Recording

1. Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Eberhard Wächter (Baritone), Teresa Stich-Randall (Soprano), Kerstin Meyer (Alto),
Franz Bierbach (Bass), Erich Majkut (Tenor), Gerhard Unger (Tenor),
Harald Pröglhöf (Baritone), Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Otto Edelmann (Bass),
Paul Kuen (Tenor), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Anny Felbermayer (Soprano),
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Karl Friedrich (Tenor), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus,  Loughton Girls School Chorus  ... 
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1956 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 191 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Kingsway Hall, London, England (12/10/1956 - 12/22/1956) 

Sound Samples

Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Introduction (Orchestra)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Wie du warst! Wie du bist! (Octavian/Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Lachst du mich aus?...Lach' ich dich aus? (Octavian/Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Der Feldmarschall sitzt im krowatischen Wald (Octavian/Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Quinquin, es ist ein Besuch (Marschallin/Haushofmeister/Ochs/Octavian)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Selbstverständlich empfängt mich Ihre Gnaden (Ochs/Lakaien/Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Euer Gnaden werden vielleicht verwundert sein (Ochs/Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Dann ziehen wir ins Palais von Faninal (Ochs/Marschallin/Haushofmeister)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Hat Sie schon einmal mit einem Kavalier (Ochs/Octavian/Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Geben mir Euer Gnaden den Grasaff' da (Ochs/Octavian/Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: I komm' glei'...Drei arme, adelige Waisen (Octavian/Waisen/Modistin/Tierhändler/Marschallin/Valzacchi)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Di rigori armato il seno (Ein Sänger)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Als Morgengabe, ganz separatim jedoch (Ochs/Notar/Sänger)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Mein lieber Hippolyte (Marschallin/Valzacchi/Ochs/Annina)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Da geht er hin, der aufgeblasene schlechte Kerl (Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Ach, du bist wieder da! (Marschallin/Octavian)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Oh, sei er gut, Quinquin (Marschallin/Octavian)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Die Zeit im Grunde, Quinquin (Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Mein schöner Schatz (Octvaian/Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Quinquin, Er soll jetzt geh'n (Octavian/Marschallin)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One: Ich hab'ihn nicht einmal geküßt! (Marschallin/Lakaien)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Ein ernster Tag, ein großer Tag (Faninal/Marianne/Haushofmeister)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: In dieser feierlichen Stunde der Prüfung (Sophie/Marianne/Lauffer)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren (Octavian/Sophie)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Hat einen starken Geruch wie Rosen (Octavian/Sophie)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Wo war ich schon einmal und war so selig? (Octavian/Sophie)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Ich kenn' Ihn doch recht wohl (Octavian/Sophie)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Jetzt aber kommt mein Herr Zukünftiger (Sophie/Faninal/Ochs/Octavian/Marianne)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Belieben jetzt vielleicht...ist ein alter Tokaier (Sophie/Faninal/Ochs/Octavian/Marianne)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Möcht' wissen, was Ihm dünkt von mir und Ihm (Sophie/Faninal/Ochs/Octavian/Marianne)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Wird Sie das Mannsbild da heiraten (Ochs/Octavian/Sophie/Faninal/Haushofmeister/Marianne)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Mit Ihren Augen voll Tränen (Octavian/Sophie)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Herr Bacon von Lerchenau! (Annina/Valzacchi/Ochs/Sophie/Octavian)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Ich hoff', Er kommt vielmehr jetzt mit mir hinters Haus (Octavian/Ochs/Sophie/Lerchenauschen/Annina/Faninals Dienerschaft/Marianne/Faninal)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Er muß mich pardonieren (Octavian/Faninal/Sophie)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Heirat' den Herrn dort nicht lebendig und nicht tot! (Sophie/Faninal/Octavian/Marianne)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Da lieg' ich! (Ochs/Lerchenauschen)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Und doch, muß lachen, wie sich so ein Luder (Ochs/Lerchenauschen)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Ohne mich, ohne mich jeder Tag dir zu bang (Ochs/Annina)
Der Rosenkavalier (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two: Ganz zu Befehl, Herr Kavalier (Ochs/Annina)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Fabulous Classic Recording September 14, 2013 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "The critics have consistently raved about this mid-to-late 1950's era recording featuring Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Herbert von Karajan. As far as I am concerned, you can believe them all- this is without a doubt one of Maestro von Karajan's finest achievements in his long and distinguished career. The singing from every member of the cast is top notch, headed of course by the wonderful work of Elizabeth Schwarzkopf as the Marschallin and Christa Ludwig as Octavian. Richard Strauss' lush, lyrical orchestral scoring provides a perfect foundation for the singers, and one can really the sense the nostalgia in this recording, as Strauss musically reflects on the passing of the Golden Age of Vienna. Do not be concerned about the age of this venerable recording. Its remastering is top notch, ensuring that the sound quality is simply not an issue. Der Rosenkavalier surely must be regarded as Germany's great Romantic opera in the post-Wagner world, and this recording will demonsrate why this is so. Absolutely recommended." Report Abuse
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