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Amor - Strauss: Opera Scenes & Lieder / Dessay, Pappano


Release Date: 11/02/2004 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 45705   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Felicity LottSophie KochThomas AllenNatalie Dessay,   ... 
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Natalie Dessay's vocal crisis--she was operated on for nodes on her vocal cords three years ago--is clearly over. The voice has ripened somewhat, but don't worry, the incredible high notes are still present and easily produced; wonderfully, they now have a bit more body. Dessay is a great singer/interpreter, taking little for granted and obviously not satisfied only with coloratura fireworks. Zerbinetta is one of her signature roles, and she knows this complex, winning gal well. She can be cajoling, sarcastic, witty, and sincere--and the way she tosses off high Cs, Ds, and more, with impeccable staccatos and trills, seems as natural as speech. She works the same type of magic with "Amor",
Read more the last of the Brentano Lieder recorded here. The song not only contains a vocal imitation of flame but involves a fascination with Cupid, who is oft-described here as "wily" ("schlaues"), a word Dessay emphasizes differently each time she sings it. The other three Brentano songs are by turns gentle, rapturous, and filled with longing.

In the extended scene from Ariadne, Dessay is convincing and conversational with Sophie Koch (Composer), who delivers her aria with passion and seems to lack only a bottom note or two to fill the role ideally. In the Act 1 Arabella/Zdenka duet she is girlish and loving of her big sister, with just an imperfect, soft high note to vaguely mar the achievement, and Arabella is unaffectedly sung here by Felicity Lott. The two genuinely sound fond of one another.

But the pièces de résistance on this CD are the highlights from Rosenkavalier--the Presentation of the Silver Rose and final trio and duet. Here we strike gold (or silver). Dessay sounds youthful and pure in the Presentation and sings with the most lovely legato and tone at the opera's end. She's abetted by Angelika Kirchschlager as Octavian, who is simply perfect, and Felicity Lott, also smooth as silk as the Marschallin. The performances are so good that it's easy to forget that we're only hearing excerpts. Thomas Allen is the Faninal and, in Ariadne, the Music Master, and frankly he sounds younger and better than he has in a while. Antonio Pappano is becoming an all-purpose, great opera conductor, and the Covent Garden orchestra is polished and elegant. The sound is rich and full. This CD is a gem. [11/03/2004]

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60: Grossmächtige Prinzessin by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Felicity Lott (Soprano), Sophie Koch (Mezzo Soprano), Thomas Allen (Baritone),
Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911/1916; Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/04/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/04/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/07/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/07/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/15/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/15/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/18/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/18/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/29/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/29/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (05/02/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (05/02/2004) 
2.
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60: Kindskopf! by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Sophie Koch (Mezzo Soprano), Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911/1916; Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/04/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/04/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/07/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/07/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/15/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/15/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/18/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/18/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/29/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/29/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (05/02/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (05/02/2004) 
3.
Lieder (6), Op. 68: no 2, Ich wollt' ein Sträusslein binden by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/04/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/04/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/07/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/07/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/15/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/15/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/18/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/18/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/29/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/29/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (05/02/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (05/02/2004) 
4.
Lieder (6), Op. 68: no 3, Säusle, liebe Myrthe by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/04/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/04/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/07/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/07/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/15/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/15/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/18/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/18/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/29/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/29/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (05/02/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (05/02/2004) 
5.
Lieder (6), Op. 68: no 4, Als mir dein Lied erklang by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/04/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/04/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/07/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/07/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/15/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/15/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/18/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/18/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/29/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/29/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (05/02/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (05/02/2004) 
6.
Lieder (6), Op. 68: no 5, Amor by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/04/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/04/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/07/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/07/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/15/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/15/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/18/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/18/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/29/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/29/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (05/02/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (05/02/2004) 
7.
Arabella, Op. 79: Ich danke, Fräulein by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Natalie Dessay (Soprano), Felicity Lott (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929-1932; Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/04/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/04/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/07/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/07/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/15/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/15/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/18/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/18/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/29/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/29/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (05/02/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (05/02/2004) 
8.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Mir ist..."Rose Presentation" by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano), Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/04/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/04/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/07/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/07/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/15/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/15/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/18/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/18/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/29/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/29/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (05/02/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (05/02/2004) 
9.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Marie Theres'...Hab' mir's gelobt by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano), Felicity Lott (Soprano), Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/04/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/04/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/07/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/07/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/15/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/15/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/18/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/18/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/29/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/29/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (05/02/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (05/02/2004) 
10.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Ist ein Traum by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Felicity Lott (Soprano), Thomas Allen (Baritone), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano),
Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/04/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/04/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/07/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/07/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/15/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/15/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/18/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/18/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/29/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/29/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (05/02/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (05/02/2004) 
11.
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60: An Ihre Plätze, meine Damen und Herren! by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Sophie Koch (Mezzo Soprano), Felicity Lott (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911/1916; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/04/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/04/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/07/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/07/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/15/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/15/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/18/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/18/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (04/29/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (04/29/2004); EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London (05/02/2004); Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (05/02/2004) 

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