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Strauss: Daphne / Haitink, Popp, Schreier, Moll

Release Date: 11/15/2011 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 0882042  
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Alexander SengerLudwig BaumannWolfgang VaterMatthias Hölle,   ... 
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraBavarian Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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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
Read more 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]
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Works on This Recording

Daphne, Op. 82 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  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)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1936-1937; Germany 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Daphne Op 82, Einleitung (Orchester): Kleonstes! Adrast! (1. und 2.Schäfer)
Daphne Op 82: Leb wohl, du Tag! ... O bleib geliebter Tag (Chor des Schäfer/Daphne)
Daphne Op 82: Leukippos du? ... Ja ich selbst, ich war der Baum (Daphne/Leukippos)
Daphne Op 82: Daphne! Mutter! Wir warten dein (Gaea/Daphne)
Daphne Op 82: Ei, so flieget, sie vorbei ... Höre und Schäfer (1. und 2.Magd/Leukippos)
Daphne Op 82, Seid ihr um mich, ihr Hirten alle?: Wisset, ich sah ihn, Phoibos Apollon (Peneois/Gaea/Chor des Schäfer)
Daphne Op 82: Ich grüße dich, weiser, erfahrener Fischer (Apollo/Peneois/Gaea/Chor der Schäfer)
Daphne Op 82: Was führt dich her im niedern Gewande? ... Was seh ich? Wer schreitet dort? (Apollo/Daphne)
Daphne Op 82: Wie bist du gewaltig, fremder Hirte ... Was können an Weite menschliche Augen forschend ermessen (Daphne/Apollo)
Daphne Op 82: Dieser Küß, dies Umarmen, du nanntest dich: Bruder (Daphne/Apollo/Chor)
Daphne Op 82: Allüberall blüht Dionysos (Peneios/Chor)
Daphne Op 82: Rundtanz (Allegretto) ... O selge Dämonen! (Orchester/Chor)
Daphne Op 82: Trinke, du Tochter! (Gaea/1. und 2.Magd/Daphne/1. und 3.Schäfer/Chor)
Daphne Op 82: Furchtbare Schmach dem Gotte! ... Was sagt der da? ... Ein Zeichen wollt ihr? (Apollo/Chor/1-4.Schäfer/1. und2.Magd/Peneios/Gaea)
Daphne Op 82: Zu dir nun, Knabe! ... Ja, ich bekenne (Apollo/Leukippos/Daphne)
Daphne Op 82: Wahrheit? Jeden heiligen Morgen ... (Apollo/Daphne/Leukippos)
Daphne Op 82: Was blendet so? ... Daphne ... Gespielen ... Unheilvolle Daphne (Daphne/Leukippos)
Daphne Op 82: Was erblicke ich? Himmlische Schönheit ... Götter! Brüder im hohen Olympos! (Apollo)
Daphne Op 82: Ich komme ... Ich komme, grünende Brüder [Daphnes Verwandlung] (Stimme der Daphne)

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