Strauss: Elektra / Gatti, Theorin, Meier, Westbroaek, Pape, Vienna Philharmonic [Blu-ray]

Release Date: 6/24/2014
Label: Arthaus Musik
Catalog Number: 108110
Composer: Richard Strauss
Conductor: Daniele Gatti
Number of Discs: 1

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Here's a treat for Expressionism junkies. Dominated by Theorin's extraordinary heroine, a Brunnhilde gone seriously to seed, a real tour de force of concentrated energy, vocal stamina and dramatic power, who occupies most of the very well-made film in close-up. Daniele Gatti gets marvelous sounds from the Vienna Philharmonic, all the score's fever and neurosis but also its tenderness. There's really not a weak link here.

– Opera Now

Elektra's Freudian creepiness constantly attracts sensationalist productions, so it's a pleasure to report just how fine this 2010 Salzburg staging is. Daniele Gatti's conducting is powerful enough, but never loses sight of the score's eerie lyricism and sombre glow, which Nikolaus Lehnhoff's staging embodies to atmospherically. Among Elektras on DVD this, along with Karl Böhm's historical performance, must rank among the best.

– BBC Music Magazine

Richard Strauss
ELEKTRA
(Blu-ray Disc Version with Blu-ray Sampler)

Elektra – Iréne Theorin
Klytämnestra – Waltraud Meier
Chrysothemis – Eva-Maria Westbroek
Aegisth – Robert Gambill
Orest – René Pape
Orest’s tutor – Oliver Zwarg

Vienna State Opera Chorus
(chorus master: Thomas Lang)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniele Gatti, conductor

Nikolaus Lehnhoff, stage director
Raimund Bauer, stage designer
Andrea Schmidt-Futterer, costume designer
Duane Schuler, lighting designer
Denni Sayers, choreographer

Recorded live from the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg Festival, 2010

Bonus:
- More than 150 minutes of highlights from 50 critically acclaimed opera, ballet and documentary productions on Blu-ray Disc
- Arthaus Musik Blu-ray Catalogue

Picture format: 1080i Full-HD
Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean
Running time: 109 mins (opera)
No. of Discs: 1 (BD 50)
Works on This Recording
1. Elektra, Op. 58 by Richard Strauss
Performer: Iréne Theorin (Soprano), Robert Gambill (Tenor), René Pape (Bass), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano), Waltraud Meier (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Daniele Gatti
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906-1908 ; Germany
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