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Solti Conducts The Strauss Operas [15-CD Set]

Solti,Georg
Release Date: 10/16/2012 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001746102   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Waldemar KmenttHilde GuedenEberhard WächterWilhelm Lenninger,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera ChorusVienna Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 15 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It’s often forgotten that Solti conducted the orchestra at Strauss’ funeral, and that he had the opportunity to work through Der Rosenkavalier with the composer himself. As director of the post-War Munich Opera, the young Solti immersed himself in a genuine Strauss tradition, and his performances of these six operas, beginning with Arabella, are as idiomatic as one could wish. At least four of them, Arabella, Salome, Elektra, and Die Frau Ohne Schatten, remain reference editions in their respective works. Arabella features Viennese favorite Lisa della Cassa in her most iconic role. Salome and Elektra, of course, were two of the greatest vehicles for Birgit Nilsson, and her Elektra (sound sample) remains unsurpassed–never mind the Read more mind-boggling playing of the Vienna Philharmonic.

When Solti recorded Die Frau Ohne Schatten, it was rumored that the production team had Sawallisch’s recent EMI recording on hand as a model that had to be surpassed, and Solti enjoyed not just a better cast (Behrens, Domingo, Varady, Van Dam, and Reinhild Runkel actually singing the impossible part of the Nurse), but better sonics as well. Ariadne features Tatiana Troyanos in one of her great roles (the Composer), and although Leontyne Price as Ariadne was just past her prime, Edita Gruberova is no slouch as Zerbinetta, nor is René Kollo’s Bacchus anything to sneer at. Solti’s Rosenkavalier is noteworthy for Solti’s own contribution, as well as for Regine Crespine’s Marschallin. And let’s not forget Luciano Pavarotti’s ultimate Italian tenor. The rest of the cast is very good, particularly Helen Donath’s Sophie and the always reliable Yvonne Minton as Octavian, but not quite as stellar as, for instance, the singers on Karajan’s EMI recording.

The set also includes a bonus disc consisting of 1953 Elektra excepts with Straussian Kunstdiva Christel Goltz (opening monologue, and her scenes with Klytämnestra and Orest), Kiri Te Kanawa’s not terribly special digital Four Last Songs, and an opulent transformation scene from Daphne featuring Renée Fleming. Opera fans will always have their individual favorites in specific works, and the music itself is richer than any single point of view, but this set represents Solti at his best, and remains a true monument in the Strauss discography.

-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Arabella, Op. 79 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor), Hilde Gueden (Soprano), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone),
Wilhelm Lenninger (Spoken Vocals), Lisa Della Casa (Soprano), Judith Hellwig (Soprano),
Mimi Coertse (Soprano), Harald Pröglhöf (Bass), Fritz Sengl (Spoken Vocals),
Otto Vajda (Spoken Vocals), Karl Kolowratnik (Spoken Vocals), Anton Dermota (Tenor),
Ira Malaniuk (Mezzo Soprano), Otto Edelmann (Baritone), George London (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929-1932; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1957 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 144 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), Walter Berry (Bass Baritone), Manfred Jungwirth (Bass),
Gerhard Unger (Tenor), Barry McDaniel (Baritone), Tatiana Troyanos (Mezzo Soprano),
Deborah Cook (Soprano), Enid Hartle (Mezzo Soprano), Norma Burrowes (Soprano),
René Kollo (Tenor), Edita Gruberova (Soprano), Kurt Equiluz (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911/1916; Germany 
Length: 121 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Elektra, Op. 58 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Marie Collier (Soprano), Tom Krause (Baritone), Gerhard Stolze (Tenor),
Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Leo Heppe (Bass),
Gerhard Unger (Tenor), Pauline Tinsley (Soprano), Felicia Weathers (Soprano),
Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano), Jane Cook (Soprano), Maureen Lehane (Alto),
Helen Watts (Alto), Margarita Lilowa (Mezzo Soprano), Margarete Sjösted (Mezzo Soprano),
Tugomir Franc (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna 
Length: 107 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Reinhild Runkel (Mezzo Soprano), Albert Dohmen (Baritone), José Van Dam (Baritone),
Hildegard Behrens (Soprano), Sumi Jo (Soprano), Eva Lind (Soprano),
Hans Franzen (Bass), Gottfried Hornik (Baritone), Wilfried Gahmlich (Tenor),
Robert Gambill (Tenor), Elzbieta Ardam (Alto), Noriko Sasaki (Soprano),
Donna Robin (Soprano), Elisabeth Lang (), Rannveig Braga (Mezzo Soprano),
Ursula Targler (Soprano), Wolfgang Schneider (Bass), Gerhard Eder (Bass),
Karl Nebenführ (Bass), Elisabeth Lang (Soprano), Julia Varády (Soprano),
Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914-1918; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989-91 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 195 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: German 
5. Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Arleen Augér (Soprano), Helen Donath (Soprano), Herbert Lackner (Baritone),
Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano), Freidrich Strack (Tenor), Murray Dickie (Tenor),
Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Otto Wiener (Bass), Adolf Tomaschek (Tenor),
Alexander Maly (Bass), Hans Pipal (Voice), Ingrid Mayr (Mezzo Soprano),
Karl Terkal (Tenor), Rohangiz Yachmi (Alto), Rosl Schwaiger (Soprano),
Anton Dermota (Tenor), Franz Setzer (Tenor), Régine Crespin (Soprano),
Nikolaus Simkowsky (Tenor), Emmy Loose (Mezzo Soprano), Anne Howells (Alto),
Manfred Jungwirth (Bass), Leo Heppe (Bass), Alfred Jerger (Bass),
Herbert Prikopa (Baritone), Hans Reautschigg (Tenor), Alasdair Malloy (Percussion),
Kurt Equiluz (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 199 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: German 
6. Salome, Op. 54 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gerhard Stolze (Tenor), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Grace Hoffman (Mezzo Soprano),
Josephine Veasey (Mezzo Soprano), Stefan Schwer (Tenor), Paul Kuen (Tenor),
Max Proebstl (Bass), Aron Gestner (Tenor), Tom Krause (Baritone),
Nigel Douglas (Tenor), Zenon Kosnowski (Bass), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone),
Heinz Holecek (Baritone), Theodore Kirschbichler (Bass), Liselotte Maikl (Soprano),
Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor), Kurt Equiluz (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1961 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 99 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
7. Daphne, Op. 82: Ich komme, grünende Brüder [Final scene] by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1936-1937; Germany 
8. Four Last Songs, AV 150 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1948; Germany 
9. Elektra, Op. 58: Was willst du?...Seht doch, dort by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Christel Goltz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Written: 1909 
10. Elektra, Op. 58: Allein! Weh', ganz allein! by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Christel Goltz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 
11. Elektra, Op. 58: Ich will nichts hören by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Christel Goltz (Soprano), Ferdinand Frantz (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1908; Germany 

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