Johan Botha: Wiener Staatsoper Live (1997-2014)

Release Date: 4/7/2017
Label: Orfeo
Catalog Number: ORF-C906171B
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Johan Botha’s unfailingly radiant and yet powerfully carrying voice established him over many years as a Strauss and Wagner singer par excellence, but most of all as a youthful hero, and not as a weighty heroic tenor. In fact, Tannhauser was something of a marginal role for him, but what a role! The recording of the Rome episode in the Vienna State Opera premiere of June 16, 2010, with which the release’s four-part Wagner portrait begins with excerpts from Vienna Staatsoper productions, movingly reveals how as a suffering yet passionate pilgrim he returns from Rome dejected and unredeemed. The bridal-chamber scene from the third act of Lohengrin looks back to Botha’s early years at the Staatsoper. Fifteen years later, he is an ideal Walther von Stolzing, who after a night of dreams reveals his Prize Song to cobbler-poet Hans Sachs, who in turn refines it and writes it down. The most moving scene comes perhaps at the close of Ariadne auf Naxos, when a figure hailed as Hermes, the divine messenger of death, proves to be Bacchus, the god of love. The recording captures one of Botha’s last appearances at the Vienna Staatsoper.
Works on This Recording
1. Fidelio, Op. 72: Gott! welch Dunkel hier!...In des Lebens... by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Johan Botha (Tenor)
Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1805/1814 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Tannhäuser: Hör an, Wolfram! Hör an! by Richard Wagner
Performer: Johan Botha (Tenor), Christian Gerhaher (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
3. Lohengrin: Atmest du nicht mit mir die süßen Düfte? by Richard Wagner
Performer: Cheryl Studer (Soprano), Johan Botha (Tenor)
Conductor: Simone Young
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1848 ; Germany
4. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Morgenlich leuchtend by Richard Wagner
Performer: Johan Botha (Tenor), James Rutherford (Bass)
Conductor: Simone Young
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Germany
5. Parsifal: Wehe! Wehe! Was tat ich? Wo war ich? by Richard Wagner
Performer: Angela Denoke (Soprano), Johan Botha (Tenor)
Conductor: Donald Runnicles
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878-1882 ; Germany
6. Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65: Amme, wachst Du? by Richard Strauss
Performer: Johan Botha (Tenor), Marjana Lipovsek (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1914-1917 ; Germany
7. Daphne, Op. 82: Zu dir nun, Knabe! by Richard Strauss
Performer: Johan Botha (Tenor), Ricarda Merbeth (Soprano), Michael Schade (Tenor)
Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1936-1937 ; Germany
8. Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60: Bin ich ein Gott... by Richard Strauss
Performer: Johan Botha (Tenor), Daniela Fally (Soprano), Valentina Nafornita (Soprano), Soile Isokoski (Soprano), Olga Bezsmertna (Soprano), Rachel Frenkel (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912 ; Germany
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