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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Della Casa, Karajan

Release Date: 10/14/2011 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 453200   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Hilde GuedenLiselotte MaiklEvelyn LaBruceSena Jurinac,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lisa della Casa proves to be a treasurable exponent of the role of the Marschallin, while Sena Jurinac remains one of the finest Octavians.

This 1960 recording, the gala performance which opened the Salzburg Festspielhaus, brings together two of the principals from Erich Kleiber’s Decca Rosenkavalier of 1954 (Sena Jurinac as Octavian and Hilde Gueden as Sophie) with the conductor (Karajan) and Ochs (Otto Edelmann) from the 1956 EMI set. That leaves only the Marschallin as an unknown quantity, and Lisa della Casa proves to be a treasurable exponent of the role; in particular, her monologue at the end of Act I possesses real dignity. Jurinac remains one of the finest Octavians – she’s fully inside the dramatic demands of
Read more the role, and vocal assurance gives her singing enough energy to compensate for sometimes fruity tone. Gueden does not come across as enough of an ingénue and whoops her way up to high notes. In this live context, Edelmann’s Ochs has impressive dramatic shape, and Karajan’s contribution is rather different from his EMI account – there’s more large-scale sweep and he’s less inclined to make delicate moments overly precious. The Vienna Philharmonic seems at something less than its impressive best, in part because the recording lacks blend and richness. Hardly a first recommendation, this set nevertheless offers pleasures for neophyte and expert alike.

-- David Breckbill, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Hilde Gueden (Soprano), Liselotte Maikl (Soprano), Evelyn LaBruce (Mezzo Soprano),
Sena Jurinac (Soprano), Otto Edelmann (Bass), Erich Majkut (Tenor),
Siegfried Rudolf Frese (Bass), Giuseppe Zampieri (Tenor), Erich Kunz (Baritone),
Renato Ercolani (Tenor), Lisa Della Casa (Soprano), Judith Hellwig (Soprano),
Alois Pernerstorfer (Bass), Hilde Rössl-Majdan (Mezzo Soprano), Josef Knapp (Bass),
Fritz Sperlbauer (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 

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