R Strauss - Elektra
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Label: Australian Eloquence
Cat No: ELQ4807216
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 31st March 2014
Karl Böhm made the first complete stereo recording of Elektra in 1960 for Deutsche Grammophon, and to this day it remains one of the sonically and artistically most exciting recordings of this work.
Böhm knew Richard Strauss personally (the booklet includes a delightful photo of the two of them relaxing together!) and conducted several premieres of the composer’s works. All the principals, led by Inge Borkh, are thrilling and incisive, and it is fitting that in this, the 150th anniversary of Strauss’s birth, this key recording is reissued.
‘Borkh makes Elektra womanly from the start, Jean Madeira enunciates the second part of the Klytemnestra scene with a quasi-improvisatory clarity, the orchestra's parallel triads slither and shriek, and there is Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: solemn, fearful, with an almost dismissive inflection’ - Gramophone (2013)
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