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Strauss, Richard - Elektra - Nilsson, Birgit


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GRAMOPHONE - Re-issue of the Month, October 2014

Live Recording, Vienna State Opera December 16, 1965

Regina Resnik (Klytämnestra), Birgit Nilsson (Elektra), Leonie Rysanek (Chrysothemis), Wolfgang Windgassen (Aegisth), Eberhard Waechter (Orest), Fredrick Guthrie (Der Pfleger der Orest), Margareta Sjöstedt (Vertraute), Margarita Lilova (Schleppträgerin), Gerhard Unger (Junger Diener), Herbert Lackner (Alter Diener), Danica Mastilovic (Aufseherin) &Margarita Lilova, Margareta Sjöstedt, Margarete Ast, Gundula Janowitz, Gerda Scheyrer (Fünf Mägde)

Chorus & Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera / Karl Böhm

“[Nilsson] is achingly tender in the recognition scene with Orestes, vividly obsequious as she lures Aegisthus to his death and tireless in her final, fatal dance...like Nilsson, [Resnik] really acts with her voice...[Windgassen] makes a forthright Aegisthus...The conducting is beyond praise.”
(Gramophone)

Following the scandalous 'Salome', it was with the radical, expressive violence of 'Elektra' in 1909 that Richard Strauss finally cemented his position as the leading German opera composer of his generation. The immense vocal and orchestral demands it makes remain undiminished and few singers have really been able to meet the murderous challenge of singing the title role. In the 1960s and ’70s, however, Birgit Nilsson was one, possessing as she did a powerful voice also capable of much subtlety. This live recording from the Vienna State Opera in 1965, in a production by Wieland Wagner, was conducted by the great Karl Böhm, and was a musical triumph. Not only did Böhm and Nilsson give full rein to the eruptive violence of Strauss’s setting but they also attended to the psychological details that the composer teased out of Hoffmansthal's text. They were aided in this by the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera and a cast that was homogeneous right down to the smallest roles. Leonie Rysanek sang the wistful Chrysothemis, in a role she made her own, and with her luminous soprano she was an ideal counterpart to Nilsson’s tortured heroine. As their adversary, their inscrutable mother Klytämnestra, the dusky-timbred Regina Resnik gave a superb performance. For the adulterous lover Aegisth, the State Opera engaged the legendary heldentenor Wolfgang Windgassen. Eberhard Waechter sang the part of Orest, and with his unmistakeable baritone he offered every possible nuance of this important character, driven by fate.
Fakta
Artikelnummer C886142
Streckkod 4011790886220
Utgivningsdatum 2014-05-14
Kategori Opera
Skivbolag Orfeo
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 2
Utövare
Artister Nilsson, Birgit
Dirigenter Böhm, Karl
Kompositörer Strauss, Richard
Orkestrar Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera
Disk: 1
1 Elektra: "Wo bleibt Elektra?" 5'52
2 Elektra: "Allein! Weh ganz allein" 9'01
3 Elektra: "Elektra! – Ah, das Gesicht" 2'08
4 Elektra: "Ich kann nicht sitzen und ins Dunkel sta 6'09
5 Elektra: "Es geht ein Lärm los" 2'35
6 Elektra: "Was willst du? Seht doch, dort!" 4'43
7 Elektra: "Ich will nichts hören!" 4'57
8 Elektra: "Ich habe keine guten Nächte" 8'28
9 Elektra: "Lässt du den Bruder nicht nach Hause, Mu 5'51
10 Elektra: "Orest! Orest ist tot!" 6'12
11 Elektra: "Wie stark du bist!" 4'30
Disk: 2
1 Elektra: "Was willst du, fremder Mensch?" 9'44
2 Elektra: "Orest! Orest! Es rührt sich niemand" 11'43
3 Elektra: "Ich habe ihm das Beil nicht geben könne 2'20
4 Elektra: "He, Lichter!" 6'45
5 Elektra: "Ob ich nicht höre? Ob ich die Musik nich 7'33
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