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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Schwarzkopf, Karajan

Release Date: 11/17/2009 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 66824   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Franz BierbachPaul KuenKarl FriedrichNicolai Gedda,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia ChorusLoughton Girls School ChorusPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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]

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Works on This Recording

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

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