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Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos / Bohm, Jurinac, Vienna Philharmonic

Strauss / Hillebrecht / Wiener Philharmoniker
Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 107255  
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Reri GristSena JurinacHildegard HillebrechtJess Thomas
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“There is more of the past in the present than one suspects”, wrote Hugo von Hofmannsthal, the librettist of this opera, in 1911. This could be taken as a motto for the first ever release of one of the gems in the history of the Salzburg Festival – the 1965 staging of Ariadne auf Naxos under the baton of the legendary Karl Böhm. The film has been extensively restored using state of the art technology and shows the opera stars Sena Jurinac, Reri Grist, Hildegard Hillebrecht and Jess Thomas in renewed splendor. The masterpiece is directed for stage by Günther Rennert.

Supported by the Vienna Philharmonic, it was Karl Böhm who “with all the authority of his love of and experience in Strauss, in addition to the
Read more sovereign gifts of the born operatic conductor, kept the performance moving. Has anyone ever heard this music played more perfectly, more unsentimentally? Have the two worlds of comic and heroic opera ever blended more smoothly? Has any other conductor achieved so organic a combination of the score’s chamber-music-like structures and its hymn-like apotheosis? (Salzburger Nachrichten)

Richard Strauss

Der Haushofmeister – Erik Frey
Ein Musiklehrer – Paul Schöffler
Der Komponist – Sena Jurinac
Der Tenor / Bacchus – Jess Thomas
Ein Offizier – Kurt Equiluz
Ein Tanzmeister – Jon van Kesteren
Ein Perückenmacher – Walter Raninger
Ein Lakai – Herbert Lackner
Zerbinetta – Reri Grist
Primadonna / Ariadne – Hildegard Hillebrecht
Harlekin – Gerd Feldhoff
Scaramuccio – David Thaw
Truffaldin – Georg Stern
Brighella – Gerhard Unger
Najade – Lotte Schädle
Dryade – Claudia Hellmann
Echo – Lisa Otto

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Karl Böhm, conductor

Günter Rennert, stage director
Ita Maximowna, set and costume designer

Recorded live from the Salzburg Festival, 1965 Read less

Works on This Recording

Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Reri Grist (Soprano), Sena Jurinac (Soprano), Hildegard Hillebrecht (Soprano),
Jess Thomas (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911/1916; Germany 
Date of Recording: 8/21/1965 

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