Newly restored and digitally remastered from the original 35mm film, the legendary soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf stars in this acclaimed film of Richard Strauss' delightful opera, Der Rosenkavalier.
This Salzburg Festival production of Strauss' great work toured the world, and this filmed version was hailed by The New York Times as "Superb."
Schwarzkopf performs her signature role as Princess von Werdenberg, an aging beauty involved with a younger man, Octavian. But when Octavian agrees to assist Baron Ochs by delivering the Baron's proposal of marriage to the beautiful young Sophie, the messenger andRead more bride-to-be fall in love with each other!
Now totally restored, this historic film of Der Rosenkavalier is a shining example of a performance style and a musical art form that is truly immortal.
Region: 1 (US and Canada)
Running Time: 192 minutes
Format: NTSC, Widescreen
Sound: Dolby 2.0
Cast & Crew:
Composed by: Richard Strauss
Conducted by: Herbert Von Karajan
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59by Richard Strauss Performer:
Otto Edelmann (Bass),
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano),
Sena Jurinac (Soprano),
Anneliese Rothenberger (Soprano)
Herbert von Karajan
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1909-1910; Germany
Average Customer Review: ( 5 Customer Reviews )
Schwarzkopf vs. Kiri Te KanawaJanuary 17, 2017By Sepp M. (Madison, NH)See All My Reviews"This a venerable, fine performance. The orchestral performance is superb although von Karajan rushes the score in an un-Viennese manner. This meant to be a leisurely, ironic musing about love and aging, not high drama. The voices are first-rate, but the 1960s Barbie-like appearance of the women drains off the erotic tension displayed by Kiri Te Kanawa for instance in the 1980s, who sings as good a Marschallin as anyone. To dream on, wouldn't it be interesting to see a Peter Sellar like production, 21st century style, in which Octavian is really a woman, Octavia, in a lesbian relationship with the Marschallin, who falls in love with Sophie? Think how it would free Baron Ochs from being just a lout. This recording certainly makes for great listening, despite its dusted-off puppetry and von Karajan's efficient drive to the glorious finish."Report Abuse
Great treatFebruary 27, 2016By Antoinette Carpay (Vernon, BC)See All My Reviews"This was a most wonderful surprise. Fantastic singing. I had never seen Schwartzkopf sing, heard her plenty. Superb. One problem was the language as Austrian German is rather different than high German, which I am well familiar with. Therefore it would have been nice to have subtitles. Of course it being a 1962 production would be the reason for the lack of it. Anyway, many thanks for providing this disc, and it being the best three hours I spent."Report Abuse
A Touchstone RecordingFebruary 18, 2016By Joseph Erdeljac (West Chester, PA)See All My Reviews"This recording is a landmark and touchstone recording for Der Rosenkavalier, probably Strauss' most well known opera. Elizabeth Schwarzkopf is the epitome of this role and the one that all others should aspire to live up to. The rest of the cast is first rate and the recorded sound is exemplary for its day as well as the remastered video which brings a freshness to this restoration. this is truly a superb addition to any Strauss lovers collection."Report Abuse