Strauss: Elektra / Watson, Henschel, Thielemann

Release Date: 1/25/2011
Label: Opus Arte
Catalog Number: OA 1046D
Composer: Richard Strauss
Number of Discs: 1

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Conducted by Christian Thielemann, this performance was the sensation of the 2010 Baden-Baden Festival. A one-act masterpiece inspired by Greek mythology, it is a dense, jagged cry for justice and vengeance. With its powerfully expressive chords, spooky waltz rhythms and mad dance of triumph, it shakes the audience to the core. Herbert Wernicke’s legendary production for the Bayerische Staatsoper stands out for its clear lines, classical structural elements and striking colour contrasts. Linda Watson, one of the great Wagnerian sopranos of today, superbly masters her role debut as Elektra, one of opera’s most demanding roles.

Elektra – Linda Watson
Klytämnestra – Jane Henschel
Chrysothemis – Manuela Uhl
Aegisth – René Kollo
Orest – Albert Dohmen
Orest's Tutor – Andreas Hörl
A young servant – Jörg Schneider
An old servant – Carsten Sabrowski
An overseer – Irmgard Vilsmaier

Vienna Philharmonia Chorus
Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Thielemann, conductor

Herbert Wernicke, stage director

Recorded live at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 29 January, 1 and 4 February 2010.

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Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: LPCM Stereo 2.0 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Menu language: English
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
Running time: 100 mins
No. of DVDs: 1

Works on This Recording
1. Elektra, Op. 58 by Richard Strauss
Performer: Irmgard Vilsmaier (Soprano), Alberto Dohmen (Baritone), Linda Watson (Soprano), Jane Henschel (Mezzo Soprano), Manuela Uhl (Soprano), René Kollo (Tenor), Andreas Hörl (Bass), Jörg Schneider (Tenor), Carsten Sabrowski (Bass)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906-1908 ; Germany
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