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Strauss: Die schweigsame Frau / Bohm, Hotter, Gueden, Wunderlich

Release Date: 08/16/1994 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 445335   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Hans HotterHilde GuedenFritz WunderlichHermann Prey,   ... 
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera ChorusVienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 26 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With Hotter showing his amazing versatility, Wunderlich displaying his immaculate style, and Gueden singing with charm and brilliance, we learn here why Strauss had such a deep affection for this piece.

Hotter is again one of the stars of the 1959 Schweigsame Frau, an opera of which Böhm gave the premiere in 1936 under inauspicious circumstances (here he conducts it lightly, engagingly). As the noise-hating Sir Morosus, Hotter shows his amazing versatility (at this time he was also tackling Gurnemanz) and his ability to cope with the detail of Zweig's brilliant libretto, the wittiest and most amusing Strauss ever set. Hotter finds a calm, warm legato for the quiet solos that end Acts 2 and 3 and for the plaintive
Read more love duet with Aminta, so soon to make Morosus's life an obstreperous hell on earth, and the power for his outbursts of incontinent outrage. As Sir Henry, Morosus's equivocal nephew, Fritz Wunderlich discloses, for the first time at Salzburg, his sappy tone and immaculate style. His Aminta is the delightful Hilde Gueden, who sings the Norina-like part with charm and brilliance. Altogether we learn here why Strauss had such a deep affection for this piece.

-- Gramophone [11/1994]
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Works on This Recording

Die schweigsame Frau, Op. 80 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Bass Baritone), Hilde Gueden (Soprano), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor),
Hermann Prey (Baritone), Georgine von Milinkovic (Mezzo Soprano), Pierrette Alarie (Soprano),
Hetty Plümacher (Soprano), Josef Knapp (Baritone), Karl Dönch (Baritone),
Alois Pernerstorfer (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1933-1934; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/06/1959 
Venue:  Live  Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 146 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 For Strauss lovers, and others.... November 21, 2016 By Rory R. (Winnipeg, MB) See All My Reviews "An underrated opera to be sure, this Frau by Strauss, less famous than the other Frau(ohne schatten), is a near-masterpiece. The performance is classic, with Strauss's greatest interpreter, Karl Bohm, and incomparable case, headed by Hans Hotter, Fritz Wunderlich, and Hilde Gueden, investing each note with power, humour, and beauty. Maybe not for all tastes, but a complete operatic meal to be savoured. A joy." Report Abuse
 An historical version June 27, 2012 By Jean-Noel REGNIER (VILLEUBANNE, Rhone Alpes) See All My Reviews "The Bohm's version of the Strauss opera, is one of the most interesting. Bohm worked with Richard Strauss and he was the legatee of his art. The version of the Schweigsame Frau contains many wonderful passages interpreted by very eminent german singers as Hans Hotter, Fritz Wunderlich, Hermann Prey or Hilde Günden. Recorded in August 1959 the sound remains however very good. Warmly recommended" Report Abuse
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