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Carl Orff: Oedipus Der Tyrann

Orff / Stolze / Baur / Varnay / Buchta / Cramer
Release Date: 04/27/2010 
Label:  Myto Records   Catalog #: 238   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Carl Orff
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-FassbaenderGerhard StolzeAstrid VarnayFritz Wunderlich
Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wurttemberg State Opera OrchestraWurttemberg State Theater Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Length: 2 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"A more left-field favorite is Myto’s budget-price issue of Orff’s Oedipus der Tyrann, as far as I can tell, now the only available version since the deleted DG set. Many will buy it for the golden-voiced cameo from Fritz Wunderlich, as Tiresias, but it is Gerhard Stolze who blew me away in the title role. This sparsely orchestrated, declamatory reworking of Sophocles’ tragedy could become tedious in the wrong hands, but Stolze’s vivid portrayal and Leitner’s pacing confirm Orff’s late work as a masterpiece. Essential listening if you only know Stolze as Wagner’s Mime."

-- Barnaby Rayfield, Fanfare
"A more left-field favorite is Myto’s budget-price issue of Orff’s Oedipus der Tyrann, as far as I can tell, now the only available version since the deleted DG set. Many will buy it for the golden-voiced cameo from Fritz Wunderlich, as Tiresias, but it is Gerhard Stolze who blew me away in the title role. This sparsely orchestrated, declamatory reworking of Sophocles’ tragedy could become tedious in the wrong hands, but Stolze’s vivid portrayal and Leitner’s pacing confirm Orff’s late work as a masterpiece. Essential listening if you only know Stolze as Wagner’s Mime."

-- Barnaby Rayfield, Fanfare
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Works on This Recording

1. Oedipus der Tyrann, opera by Carl Orff
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone), Gerhard Stolze (Tenor), Astrid Varnay (Soprano),
Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wurttemberg State Opera Orchestra,  Wurttemberg State Theater Chorus
Period: Modern 
Written: 1957-1959 
Date of Recording: 12/11/1959 
Venue:  Staatsoper Großes Haus, Stuttgart 

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