With Hotter showing his amazing versatility, Wunderlich displaying his immaculate style, and Gueden singing with charm and brilliance, we learn here why Strauss had such a deep affection for this piece.
Hotter is again one of the stars of the 1959 Schweigsame Frau, an opera of which Böhm gave the premiere in 1936 under inauspicious circumstances (here he conducts it lightly, engagingly). As the noise-hating Sir Morosus, Hotter shows his amazing versatility (at this time he was also tackling Gurnemanz) and his ability to cope with the detail of Zweig's brilliant libretto, the wittiest and most amusing Strauss ever set. Hotter finds a calm, warm legato for the quiet solos that end Acts 2 and 3 and for the plaintiveRead more love duet with Aminta, so soon to make Morosus's life an obstreperous hell on earth, and the power for his outbursts of incontinent outrage. As Sir Henry, Morosus's equivocal nephew, Fritz Wunderlich discloses, for the first time at Salzburg, his sappy tone and immaculate style. His Aminta is the delightful Hilde Gueden, who sings the Norina-like part with charm and brilliance. Altogether we learn here why Strauss had such a deep affection for this piece.
Die schweigsame Frau, Op. 80by Richard Strauss Performer:
Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone),
Hilde Gueden (Soprano),
Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor),
Hermann Prey (Baritone),
Georgine von Milinkovic (Mezzo Soprano),
Pierrette Alarie (Soprano),
Hetty Plümacher (Soprano),
Josef Knapp (Baritone),
Karl Dönch (Baritone),
Alois Pernerstorfer (Bass Baritone)
Vienna State Opera Chorus,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1933-1934; Germany Date of Recording: 08/06/1959 Venue: Live Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria Length: 146 Minutes 15 Secs. Language: German
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
An historical versionJune 27, 2012By Jean-Noel REGNIER (VILLEUBANNE, Rhone Alpes)See All My Reviews"The Bohm's version of the Strauss opera, is one of the most interesting. Bohm worked with Richard Strauss and he was the legatee of his art. The version of the Schweigsame Frau contains many wonderful passages interpreted by very eminent german singers as Hans Hotter, Fritz Wunderlich, Hermann Prey or Hilde Günden. Recorded in August 1959 the sound remains however very good. Warmly recommended"Report Abuse
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