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Richard Strauss: Elektra
Richard [1] Strauss, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Richard Strauss: Elektra
Genre: Classical
 
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"This recording finds Borkh in top form. Her energy and voice never flag ? Lisa della Casa is a near-perfect Chyrsothemis ? Dimitri Mitropoulos paces the opera with an inexorable sense of direction ? this Salzburg performa...  more »

     
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"This recording finds Borkh in top form. Her energy and voice never flag ? Lisa della Casa is a near-perfect Chyrsothemis ? Dimitri Mitropoulos paces the opera with an inexorable sense of direction ? this Salzburg performance is a crowning achievement for both conductor and soprano." -IRA SIFF Richard Strauss?s Elektra, premiered in Dresden in 1909, is not only a riveting, sometimes terrifying music drama; it is historically significant in every sense of the phrase. On the one hand, it transforms an ancient Greek tragedy into a modern and still viable myth; on the other, it marks the beginning of one of the greatest composer-librettist partnerships in the history of opera. This classic performance, recorded live on August 7, 1957, is a priceless record of one of the greatest overall casts ever assembled for this explosive drama. Today?s listener will be startled to see the famous name of soprano Marilyn Horne, long since become an operatic superstar, listed as the "fourth maid" in this production of fifty years ago, but this was at the very beginning of her now legendary career. The "fifth maid," Lisa Otto (b. 1919), was also to have a fine solo career later on, especially in Mozart, and the "third maid," contralto Sieglinde Wagner (1921-2003), had an unusually! long career of forty-four years as an opera and concert singer. The great conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960) was born in Greece but made most of his successful career in the U.S. He was conductor of the New York Philharmonic 1951-1957 and was a mentor to Leonard Bernstein, who succeeded him. Recordings conducted by Mitropoulos are among the most desired collectors? items in the catalogues today, as he made few recordings during his lifetime.