Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is a 2 CD set with a bonus CD-Rom containing a libretto and synopsis.
"Lucia Popp, predictably, makes a lovely Daphne, progressing from the cool creature of her opening scene, a solo keenly articulated, to the self-awareness made available by Apollo's intervention, and then to the final, serene resignation as she becomes a laurel tree. Gueden, for Bohm, provided smoother vocalization but an altogether blander interpretation. A slight edge sometimes invades Popp's tone under the considerable pressure Strauss demands of his soprano, but the total accomplishment of the portrayal puts that reservation into perspective.
Leukippos, the human lover of Daphne destroyed by the god Apollo, has been lucky in his
recorded interpreters. Wunderlich was possibly more lyrically youthful than Schreier, but Schreier makes more of the text, and sings with his accustomed feeling for a phrase: his short and sweet death scene is most touching.
The Bavarian orchestra revels in its opportunities, with some particularly sensitive solos from the wind section. As a whole, the set provides a welcome opportunity to get to know a slightly off-centre work in a strong performance." -- A. B., Gramophone [1/1984]
Works on This Recording
Daphne, Op. 82 by Richard Strauss
Alexander Senger (Tenor),
Ludwig Baumann (Baritone),
Wolfgang Vater (Bass),
Matthias Hölle (Bass),
Dorothea Wirtz (Soprano),
Uta-Maria Flake (Soprano),
Ortrun Wenkel (Alto),
Reiner Goldberg (Tenor),
Lucia Popp (Soprano),
Peter Schreier (Tenor),
Kurt Moll (Bass)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Written: 1936-1937; Germany
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