Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten / Solti, Behrens, Domingo

Release Date: 9/9/2003
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: 4362432
Composer: Richard Strauss
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Number of Discs: 3

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"In the Heldentenor role of the Emperor, Placido Domingo, the superstar tenor, gives a performance that is not only beautiful to the ear beyond previous recordings but which has an extra feeling for expressive detail, deeper than that which was previously recorded. Hildegard Behrens as the Dyer's wife is also a huge success. Her very feminine vulnerability is here a positive strength, and the voice has rarely sounded so beautiful on record. Julia Varady as the Empress is equally imaginative, with a beautiful voice, and Jose van Dam with his clean, dark voice brings a warmth and depth of expression to the role of Barak, the Dyer, which goes with a satisfyingly firm focus…this recording is unlikely to be matched, let alone surpassed for many years. Solti himself is inspired throughout."

- Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music 2008 Edition, page 1308
Works on This Recording
1. Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65 by Richard Strauss
Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor), Wilfried [Tenor Vocals] Gahmlich (Tenor), Wolfgang Schneider (Bass), Gerhard Eder (Bass), Reinhild Runkel (Mezzo Soprano), Rannveig Braga (Mezzo Soprano), Alberto Dohmen (Baritone), José van Dam (Baritone), Ursula Targler (Soprano), Julia Varády (Soprano), Hildegard Behrens (Soprano), Hans Franzen (Bass), Robert Gambill (Tenor), Karl Nebenführ (Bass), Elisabeth Lang, Donna Robin (Soprano), Noriko Sasaki (Soprano), Gottfried Hornik (Baritone), Sumi Jo (Soprano), Elisabeth Lang (Soprano), Eva Lind (Soprano), Elzbieta Ardam (Alto)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Period: Romantic
Written: 1914-1918 ; Germany
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