R Strauss - Elektra (CD + Blu-ray Audio)
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Cat No: 4831494
Format: CD + Blu-ray Audio
Number of Discs: 3
Release Date: 7th July 2017
“Undoubtedly one of the greatest performances ever on record … There are many who believe, as I do, that Elektra was Nilsson's most exciting accomplishment for the gramophone, surpassing even her Brunnhilde. Her unflinching attack, magnificent high Bs and Cs, her subtle shadings … her depth of feeling … coupled with her absolute steadiness of tone, are something we are lucky to hear once in a lifetime … this is possibly Solti's most notable operatic recording. The nervous tension of this work finds a keen empathy in his gripping, taut and highly detailed conducting, to which the VPO responded with their finest playing, and every strand of the score, given—for once—complete, is caught by John Culshaw's recording.” - Gramophone Magazine, 1986
“A classic superbly remastered, with Nilsson's searing anti-heroine and Solti building almost unbearable tension. Includes Resnik's raddled Klytaemnestra, Krause's heroic Orest and Marie Collier, at the peak of her career” - BBC Music Magazine, 2007
Booklet in English, French, German, includes repertoire notes by Michael Kennedy, essay “Myth and Psychoanalysis in Hofmannsthal’s Elektra” by Gerd Uekermann, session photographs, and synopsis and libretto
Deluxe hard-back edition with original covers
Includes comprehensive booklet notes, and libretto and synopsis in English, German and French translations
Presented on 2CDs + High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray disc containing the complete opera in 24-bit audio
Remastered in ultra-high quality 96kHz/24-bit audio from original analogue sources by former Decca Engineer Paschal Byrne
- Elektra: Birgit Nilsson
- Klytämnestra: Regina Resnik
- Chrystothemis: Marie Collier
- Aegisth: Gerhard Stolze
- Orest: Tom Krause
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