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Richard Strauss: Capriccio
Richard [1] Strauss, Georges Prêtre, Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Richard Strauss: Capriccio
Genre: Classical
 
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Die Aufnahme ist grossartig! Nimm, Gaetano!
Ben Brouwer | Minneapolis, MN USA | 10/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's a travesty that this recording has existed, with its excellent live sound quality and dream-team cast, in a vault (or a dingy basement) somewhere for the last 44 years. It's also a travesty that this performance contains cuts. If two travesties weren't enough, there's a third: Orfeo still refuses to include a printed libretto.

This recording makes an excellent companion to the 1959 Sawallisch studio effort on EMI (which, incidentally, is uncut and includes a libretto). Each recording is utter perfection in its own way, and both have beyond-exemplary casts. Documents like this are solid proof that postwar casts are unequalled in this repertoire. (May my prejudices be clear...)"