R Strauss - Elektra (CD + Blu-ray Audio) | Decca 4831494

R Strauss - Elektra (CD + Blu-ray Audio)

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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4831494

Format: CD + Blu-ray Audio

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 7th July 2017

Contents

Artists

Birgit Nilsson
Regina Resnik
Marie Collier
Gerhard Stolze
Tom Krause
Wiener Philharmoniker

Conductor

Georg Solti

Works

Strauss, Richard

Elektra, op.58

Artists

Birgit Nilsson
Regina Resnik
Marie Collier
Gerhard Stolze
Tom Krause
Wiener Philharmoniker

Conductor

Georg Solti

About

Decca Classics is proud to continue its Hardback Opera Series incorporating true 24-bit audio with two reference recordings of Richard Strauss with casts led by Birgit Nilsson – both performances are conducted by Sir Georg Solti.

“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

Cast:
- Elektra: Birgit Nilsson
- Klytämnestra: Regina Resnik
- Chrystothemis: Marie Collier
- Aegisth: Gerhard Stolze
- Orest: Tom Krause

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