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Strauss: Elektra / Mitropoulos
R. Strauss, Konetzni, Modl
Strauss: Elektra / Mitropoulos
Genre: Classical
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (17) - Disc #2


CD Details

All Artists: R. Strauss, Konetzni, Modl, Illitsch
Title: Strauss: Elektra / Mitropoulos
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Total Copies: 0
Label: Opera Hommage
Original Release Date: 1/1/1951
Re-Release Date: 2/22/2000
Album Type: Import
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 800488184120, 4011220018412

CD Reviews

Absolutely dreadful
(1 out of 5 stars)

"There cannot possibly be any other recording of Elektra to beat this one for comprehensive awfulness. Anny Konetzni sounds desperate throughout and ducks most of the high notes completely, taking the lower octave. Daniza Ilitsch has a mind-bogglingly ugly voice and sounds like an absurd caricature of a wicked witch. The recording sounds as though the singers have been recorded from the other side of a heavy-duty mattress, shouting through megaphones in an enormous bathroom . The sound does bring out some interesting orchestral detail, mainly in the strings, but only at the expense of any realistic balance. My star is for Mödl, who sings impressively and intelligently as Klytemnestra. With daughters like this you want to hand her the axe straightaway and give her a head start. If you want a good, low-price Elektra I would suggest the recording with Varnay, Rysanek and Fischer on Gala - the whole cast is fantastic and the sound is much better than this."
A disaster
Scott G. | 10/11/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Despite the paradoxically blazing yet strictly controlled conducting of the legendary conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos, this performance is a vocal disaster. Anny Konetzni, past her prime, has not notes above high A flat and her attempts at high C emerge as yelps. Daniza Ilitsch is an acidic Chrysothemis and Hans Braun a dull Orest. Martha Modl presents a Klytaemnestra in her vocal prime and the ease of the top notes is evidence that she was embarking on dramatic soprano parts at that time."
A disaster
Scott G. | 10/10/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Other than the paradoxically blazing out in splendor yet rigorously controlled conducting of the late great Dimitri Mitropolous, this live performance from Florence is a vocal disasster. Anny Konetzni in the title role, past her prime, has no notes above A flat. Her attempts at high Cs emerge as yelps. Daniza Ilitsch is an acidic Chrysothemis and Hans Braun a boring Orest. Only Modl, a Klytaemnestra in her vocal prime, is satisfying. Her top notes ring out which indicate that at that time she was in transition to hochdramaticsche roles."