R Strauss - Salome
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Label: Australian Eloquence
Cat No: ELQ4807210
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 5th January 2015
Orchester der Hamburgischen Staatsoper
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.
- 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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