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Grand Tier - Strauss: Salome / Bohm, Rysanek, Hopf, Et Al


Release Date: 10/21/2003 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 7004   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Grace HoffmanRohangiz YachmiHans HopfMurray Dickie,   ... 
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera ChorusVienna State Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"[LeonieRysanek's] Salome is riveting--pure and simple. But even the most die-hard Rysanek fans have to mention the fact that she often sang off-key, fortunately invariably sharp rather than flat (which can come across as "intense" rather than unappealing). And in this performance, which is electrifying, she sings wildly a great deal of the time; in her confrontation with Jokanaan she's berserkly off-pitch, veering in every which direction. Purists need be concerned and informed.

The rest of the performance is equally extreme, particularly the conducting of Karl Böhm, certainly one of the great Strauss conductors of the 20th century. His attention and tension-building never flags, and this horror-show of
Read more an opera is just as it should be--an in-your-face experience. The orchestra can be a bit slovenly, but Strauss' brightly colored, unique score nevertheless is well presented, and there won't be any disappointments if it's the thrill of it all you're looking for.

Beyond Rysanek, the rest of the cast is respectable enough. At first, Eberhard Waechter is a bit blowsy as the Baptist, but he gathers steam and potency as the part continues. Grace Hoffman is a finely trashy Herodias; Hans Hopf, one of the most common-minded tenors of the mid-century, is too literal but generous-voiced as Herod; and the rest are a fine ensemble. December 22, 1972 must have been quite a night at the Vienna State Opera--this set buzzes with excitement...This inexpensive, good-sounding, well-presented set is awe-inspiring on many levels."

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

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Salome, Op. 54 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Grace Hoffman (Mezzo Soprano), Rohangiz Yachmi (Mezzo Soprano), Hans Hopf (Tenor),
Murray Dickie (Tenor), Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor), Kurt Equiluz (Tenor),
Leonie Rysanek (Soprano), Heinz Zednik (Tenor), Karl Terkal (Tenor),
Herbert Lackner (Baritone), Peter Wimberger (Bass Baritone), Siegfried Rudolf Frese (Bass Baritone),
Frederick Guthrie (Bass), Tugomir Franc (Bass), Ewald Aichberger (Tenor),
Reid Bunger (Baritone), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/22/1972 
Venue:  Live  Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 

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