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Strauss: Salome / Behrens, Van Dam, Karajan


Release Date: 11/17/2009 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 66832   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Erich KunzHelge Von BömchesDieter EllenbeckDavid Knutson,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Karajan's reading of this seminal work has always been noted for its glorious sensuousness (different from the sensuality found elsewhere): the score has surely never sounded so sheerly beautiful on disc, or perhaps anywhere. With the VPO on its warmest, most receptive form, the performance, whatever else it may be, is a real feast for the ear, with Karajan providing the tremendous concentration when that's needed. for instance when Jokanaan prophesies Christ's coming. The recording, more than 20 years old, stands up to modern competition except when the voices are sometimes too recessed so that vital text is eclipsed by the orchestra.

Behrens fits in well with Karajan's concept. The title-role has only been sung so
Read more beautifully by Studer (Sinopo]i) and, in a more self-indulgent way, by Caballé (Leinsdorf). We can sit back and know that nothing is going to offend the ear as Behrens projects, as she intends, a young, natural though unscrupulous girl, not a demon or vamp. In that respect, as EG mentioned in his original review (9/78), she is the antipole to Nilsson (Solti), and nearest to Studer. With Karajan, as RO points Out in his notes to the set, wholly in sympathy with Behrens, a remarkable unity of purpose is achieved. Those who want something a shade nastier in their Salome, yet not one as formidably so as Nilsson, may settle for Inga Nielsen on the recent Chandos version who, like the fabled Cebotari, comes closest to an ideal Salome.

The remainder of the cast, including many notable names in small roles, is excellent. Van Dam probably sings Jokanaan better than any other bass-baritone on CD, but there is little sense of what he conceives his character to be, which Waechter (Solti), Terfel (Sinopoli) and Hale (Schønwandt) amply supply, and their readings, in their various ways, are almost as well sting as van Dam's. Like these two principals, Böhm and Baltsa also took their roles on stage with Karajan, and they both provide detailed but never exaggerated characterizations, sung and not cackled, though Böhm does not surpass Goldberg's Herod on Chandos. Ochman's Narraboth opens the opera in line style. Only the role of First Nazarene is miscast.

At mid price this set has much going for it. Newcomers to Karajan in opera need not hold back as this is among the best of his later recordings of stage works. In terms of the whole field it stands beside the other sets mentioned, each with its perfectly valid view of the work, splendidly executed.

-- AB, Gramophone [10/1999] Reviewing earlier issue
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Works on This Recording

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Salome, Op. 54 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Erich Kunz (Baritone), Helge Von Bömches (Bass), Dieter Ellenbeck (Tenor),
David Knutson (Tenor), Horst Nitsche (Tenor), Gerd Nienstedt (Bass),
José Van Dam (Bass Baritone), Hildegard Behrens (Soprano), Wieslaw Ochman (Tenor),
Heljä Angervo (Alto), Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano), Jules Bastin (Bass),
Karl-Walter Böhm (Tenor), Kurt Rydl (Bass), Heinz Zednik (Tenor),
Martin Vantin (Tenor), Gerhard Unger (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1977-1978 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Wie schön ist die Prinzessin Salome heute Nacht! (Narraboth/Page/1st Soldat/2nd Soldat): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Wie schön ist die Prinzessin Salome heute Nacht! (Narraboth/Page/1st Soldat/2nd Soldat)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Nach mir wird einer kommen (Jochanaan/2nd Soldat/1st Soldat/Kappadozier/Narraboth/Page): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Nach mir wird einer kommen (Jochanaan/2nd Soldat/1st Soldat/Kappadozier/Narraboth/Page)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Ich will nicht bleiben (Salome/Page): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Ich will nicht bleiben (Salome/Page)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Siehe, der Herr ist gekommen (Jochanaan/Salome/2nd Soldat/Narraboth/Sklave/1st Soldat): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Siehe, der Herr ist gekommen (Jochanaan/Salome/2nd Soldat/Narraboth/Sklave/1st Soldat)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Jauchze nicht, du Land Palästina (Jochanaan/Salome/2nd Soldat/1st Soldat/Page): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Jauchze nicht, du Land Palästina (Jochanaan/Salome/2nd Soldat/1st Soldat/Page)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Du wirst das für mich tun (Salome/Narraboth): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Du wirst das für mich tun (Salome/Narraboth)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Wo ist er, dessen Sündenbecher jetzt voll ist?: Salome (1999 - Remaster): Wo ist er, dessen Sündenbecher jetzt voll ist?
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Jochanaan! Ich bin verliebt in deinen Leib (Jochanaan/Salome/Narraboth): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Jochanaan! Ich bin verliebt in deinen Leib (Jochanaan/Salome/Narraboth)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Wird dir nicht bange, Tochter der Herodias? (Jochanaan/Salome): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Wird dir nicht bange, Tochter der Herodias? (Jochanaan/Salome)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Wo ist Salome? Wo ist die Prinzessin? (Herodes/Herodias/1st Soldat): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Wo ist Salome? Wo ist die Prinzessin? (Herodes/Herodias/1st Soldat)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Es ist kalt hier. Es weht ein Wind (Herodes/Herodias): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Es ist kalt hier. Es weht ein Wind (Herodes/Herodias)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Salome, komm, trink Wein mit mir (Herodes/Salome/Herodias): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Salome, komm, trink Wein mit mir (Herodes/Salome/Herodias)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Sieh, die Zeit ist gekommen (Jochanaan/Herodias/Herodes): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Sieh, die Zeit ist gekommen (Jochanaan/Herodias/Herodes)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Wahrhaftig, Herr es wäre besser (Juden/Herodes/Herodias/1st Nazarener): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Wahrhaftig, Herr es wäre besser (Juden/Herodes/Herodias/1st Nazarener)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Siehe, der Tag is nahe, der Tag des Herrn (Jochanaan/Herodes/1st & 2nd Nazarener/1st Jude/Herodias): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Siehe, der Tag is nahe, der Tag des Herrn (Jochanaan/Herodes/1st & 2nd Nazarener/1st Jude/Herodias)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Eine Menge Menschen wird sich gegen sie sammeln (Jochanaan/Herodias/Herodes): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Eine Menge Menschen wird sich gegen sie sammeln (Jochanaan/Herodias/Herodes)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Tanz für mich, Salome (Herodes/Herodias/Salome/Jochanaan): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Tanz für mich, Salome (Herodes/Herodias/Salome/Jochanaan)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Tanz der Sieben Schleier/Dance of the Seven Veils (Orchester): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Tanz der Sieben Schleier/Dance of the Seven Veils (Orchester)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Ah! Herrlich! Wundervoll!: Salome (1999 - Remaster): Ah! Herrlich! Wundervoll!
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Still, sprich nicht zu mir! (Herodes/Salome/Juden): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Still, sprich nicht zu mir! (Herodes/Salome/Juden)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Salome, bedenk, was du tun willst (Herodes/Salome/Juden): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Salome, bedenk, was du tun willst (Herodes/Salome/Juden)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Wer hat meinen Ring genommen? (Herodes/Herodias): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Wer hat meinen Ring genommen? (Herodes/Herodias)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Es ist kein Laut zu vernehmen: Salome (1999 - Remaster): Es ist kein Laut zu vernehmen
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Ah, du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund Küssen lassen (Salome): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Ah, du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund Küssen lassen (Salome)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Sie ist ein Ungeheuer, deine Tochter (Herodes/Herodias): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Sie ist ein Ungeheuer, deine Tochter (Herodes/Herodias)
Salome (1999 Remastered Version): Ah! Ich habe deinen Mund geküsst (Salome/Herodes): Salome (1999 - Remaster): Ah! Ich habe deinen Mund geküsst (Salome/Herodes)

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