Sheer joy. This account of a crisis in his marriage drew a brilliant score from Strauss, in which wit, sentiment and satire sit easily together.
Sheer joy, this CD transfer, still the only recording easily available of what is increasingly coming to be regarded as one of Strauss's finest operas. This account of a crisis in his marriage, all caused by a girl mistaking his name for someone else's, drew a brilliant score from Strauss. He set his own sparkling libretto to music in which wit, sentiment and satire sit easily together. The conversational recitative is a masterly example of continuous melody, matched by orchestral virtuosity in evolving melody from fragmentary phrases. The role of Christine is a gift to a lyricRead more soprano and is marvellously characterized by Lucia Popp, neither too shrewish nor too soft-grained and (like Steffek, Söderström and Lott) conveying her irresistible attraction for her husband, Robert Storch (alias Strauss).
The latter role is forcefully sung by Fischer-Dieskau and there are excellent portrayals by the rest of the cast, especially from Adolf Dallapozza as Baron Lummer. But the prime pleasure in this technically brilliant recording—every word and note crystal-clear—is Sawallisch's comprehensive command of the opera and the flawless orchestral performance by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. The interludes, miniature tone-poems in themselves, are sumptuously played. But why no English translation in the booklet, as there was with the LP set? This, of all operas, needs one.
Intermezzo, Op. 72by Richard Strauss Performer:
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone),
Lucia Popp (Soprano),
Gabriele Fuchs (Soprano),
Adolf Dallapozza (Tenor),
Gudrun Greindl-Rosner (Soprano),
Karin Hautermann (Mezzo Soprano),
Martin Finke (Tenor),
Raimund Grumbach (Baritone),
Klaus Hirte (Baritone),
Jörn W. Wilsing (Baritone),
Kurt Moll (Bass),
Philipp Brammer (Spoken Vocals),
Erika Rüggeberg (Spoken Vocals),
Elisabeth Woska (Spoken Vocals)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1918-1923; Germany Date of Recording: 01/1980 Venue: Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany Length: 132 Minutes 44 Secs. Language: German
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"If only I'd known......"August 16, 2012By Ian Oliver Smith (Paris, France)See All My Reviews"As a fully paid-up Straussian I'd taken this from a record library many years ago and then had made do with the Glyndebourne DVD. Silly me - I wasn't in the U.K. to see Sôderström. This is one of those "never off the turntable" recordings. Both DFD and LP are in fabulous voice though they may be too "nice" for their characters. As it was not a studio effort, there's a naturalness to the whole thing that is rare and precious. BUY !! - and remember it's much more expensive elsewhere on the internet."Report Abuse