R Strauss - Salome | Australian Eloquence ELQ4807210

R Strauss - Salome

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4807210

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 5th January 2015

Contents

Artists

Gwyneth Jones
Richard Cassily
Mignon Dunn
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Wieslaw Ochman
Ursula Boese
Orchester der Hamburgischen Staatsoper

Conductor

Karl Bohm

Works

Strauss, Richard

Salome, op.54

Artists

Gwyneth Jones
Richard Cassily
Mignon Dunn
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Wieslaw Ochman
Ursula Boese
Orchester der Hamburgischen Staatsoper

Conductor

Karl Bohm

About

It may sound strange, but out of the 147 performances of Salome logged by the Vienna State Opera between 1945 and 1980, Karl Böhm conducted only 14. His only official recording of the work was made 'live' in Hamburg on 4 November 1970. The part of the protagonist marked a first for Gwyneth Jones - it was later to become one of her signature roles.

When the young Karl Böhm, fresh from his studies in Vienna, returned to Graz to take up a post at the opera house, which had a good reputation, his place, naturally, was at the bottom of the ladder and the operas of the great Richard Strauss were quite simply out of his reach. And when, eventually, he did, it was Die Frau ohne Schatten, Ariadne auf Naxos and Elektra that he conducted much more than Rosenkavalier or Salome.

Cast:
- Richard Cassily (Herod)
- Mignon Dunn (Herodias)
- Gwyneth Jones (Salome)
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Jochanaan)
- Wieslaw Ochman (Narraboth)
- Ursula Boese (Herodias's Page)

'Karl Böhm was probably the greatest Strauss opera conductor of his time. He was unique in the way he was able to combine the delicate transparency of the colorful orchestration and exotic harmony without underplaying the massive climaxes and Strauss's "nerve-end contrapuntalism".' - Fanfare

'singing of grandeur and magical intensity [from Gwyneth Jones, in the last scene] [...] [Fischer-Dieskau's] denunciation of the "Tochter Sodoms" chills the spine' - Gramophone

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