R Strauss - Elektra | Australian Eloquence ELQ4807216

R Strauss - Elektra

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4807216

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 31st March 2014

Contents

Artists

Inge Borkh
Jean Madeira
Marianne Schech
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Staatskapelle Dresden

Conductor

Karl Bohm

Works

Strauss, Richard

Elektra, op.58

Artists

Inge Borkh
Jean Madeira
Marianne Schech
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Staatskapelle Dresden

Conductor

Karl Bohm

About

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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