Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Richard Strauss, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Deborah Voigt|
Strauss - Die Frau ohne Schatten / Voigt, Heppner, Schwarz, Grundheber, Hass, Sinopoli
Daniel Mitrano | Ft. Lauderdale, FL | 12/04/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I haven't always been a Sinopoli fan, but I must say, he's refreshing and altogether arresting in Strauss. It all just sounds right. He finds the balances, motifs, and intstrumental details with amazing clarity. Heppner is an ideal Emperor: clean musical lines, power, interpretation, and the high notes to pull off the role are all at his disposal. Voigt has the right voice and feeling for Strauss and his Empress, but doesn't interpret as dramatically as Varady for Solti or Rysanek for Bohm. As the Dyer's Wife, Hass fills the role's vocal requirements, a true Wagnerian-dramatic-soprano, which is no small feat in itself. Grundheber does the same as her husband, but neither are ideal as Hass sometimes borders on unsteadiness which threatens to derail her voice and Grundheber rather gruff demeanor and fuzzy tone can't bring to life the character convincingly. Chorus, orchestra, and the supporting roles play and sing superbly and the sound is surprisingly clean and full-ranged. Annoyingly, there are stage cuts but unexplainably so since all of the leading singers could have sustained their parts uncut. It rivals Solti in Strauss style but not in completeness or scale. I prefer Sinopoli anyway."
Voigt and Heppner make this one of the best!
James Walters | Seattle, WA USA | 04/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Voigt and Heppner shine here as the Emperor and his wife. In fact the whole cast is magnificent, with the exception of Sabine Hass, who is shrill, and has intonation problems. Voigt is georgeous in this opera, her voice is absolutely perfect for the role. Heppner as well makes an incredible Emperor."
James Walters | 11/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At last a recording of this opera that is not shrill. The balance and modulation of this recording makes it the magical experience it is intended to be."