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Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten / Varady, Domingo, Behrens, van Dam, Sir Georg Solti
Richard Strauss, Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti
Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten / Varady, Domingo, Behrens, van Dam, Sir Georg Solti
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #3


      
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Light now cast on Strauss' glorious "Shadow"
Brian M. Kulesza | Joliet, Illinois | 12/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Critical opinion has been consistently divided over this work, which first premiered in October 1919. As a Chicagoan, I waited until 1984 to see the premiere at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and it was worth the wait.This glorious performance under Solti's direction has firmly cemented my opinion that this is one of the greatest operas ever penned and should be standard repertoire by now.To have Placido Domingo branch out and sing the role of the Emperor in this recording is another benefit of the performance.I also appreciated very much that most of the music that had customarily been cut from performances [a practice apparently initiated by Karl Boehm] have been restored.This is a work that succeeds musically even though the plot is at times encumbered by esoteric symbolism.However, it is the best performance I have ever heard and I highly recommend it."
A magical performance of an under-appreciated opera
Brian M. Kulesza | 10/31/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I bought this opera, I didn't know what to expect. Frau is largely ignored in the American repetoire, which is a tragedy now that I know how marvellous this work is. True, the story is lofty with a lucid message that is unpopular in today's culture. More importantly though, the music is thrilling from start to finish. The music keeps one's attention throughout, unlike Rosenkavalier and many of Strauss' later works. Solti's orchestra has some unforgetable moments -- the descent of the Princess into the human world in Act I,for example. All the singers are incredible, even if they have no stage experience in these roles. (Where would they get the opportunity in America, anyway?) Of note is the always fascinating Hildegard Behrens. Her transition from the surly and selfish woman who sells her shadow to gain "manly" powers to a loving wife could be pulled off convincingly by few others. The finale unleashes all the soloists, orchestra, and chorus in a Straussian climax equalled only by Salome's final scence and the Rosenkavalier trio."
GORGEOUS RECORDING!!!
hilda_m_sykes | USA | 01/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Open up your ears!! This is a classic recording. There are only 2 completely uncut Die Frau's on the market, the Solti and the Sawallisch, and it's obvious that the Solti wins hands down because the Sawallisch is ruined by some inappropriate casting."