Notes and Editorial Reviews
Legendary recording of Strauss II's opera, featuring some of the greatest opera stars of the mid-twentieth century. In addition to the opera itself - which features Hilde Gueden, Regina Resnik, Waldemar Kmentt, Erberhard Waechter, Walter Berry, and Erich Kunz - the Gala Scene includes appearances by Renata Tebaldi, Mario Del Monaco, Joan Sutherland, and Leontyne Price. Von Karajan is at the peak of his mastery of the conductor's podium.
“The performance has all the sparkle one could ask for. If anything Karajan is even more brilliant than before and the Decca recording scintillating. Hilde Gueden is a deliciously vivacious Rosalinde, a beautifully projected interpretation. The Karajan ‘gala performance’ featured Decca stars appearing in their turn at the cabaret - in the Orlovsky Ball sequence. This was a famous tradition of performances at the New York Met in the early years of the 20th Century.” -- Penguin Guide
“I predicted… that this 27-year-old Karajan version would present strong competition when it appeared on CD, and so it proves. …It represents the high watermark of the Culshaw concept of production and indeed of the Golden Age of recording in Vienna. Today it is impossible to assemble a cast almost exclusively chosen from the ensemble of a single opera house under a conductor who has worked with them over many years. That is what happens here, and the unanimity of purpose and of idiom is all the more marked by comparison with the more polyglot casts on the rival sets.” -- Gramophone