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Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier / Schwarzkopf · Ludwig · Karajan
Richard Strauss, Herbert von Karajan, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier / Schwarzkopf Ludwig Karajan
Genre: Classical
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #3


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All Artists: Richard Strauss, Herbert von Karajan, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Anny Felbermayer, Karl Friedrich, Nicolai Gedda, Paul Kuen, Otto Edelmann, Erich Majkut, Kerstin Meyer, Franz Bierbach
Title: Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier / Schwarzkopf Ludwig Karajan
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Label: EMI Classics
Original Release Date: 1/1/1956
Re-Release Date: 9/11/2001
Album Type: Box set, Original recording remastered
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaCD Credits: 3
UPCs: 724356760929, 724356760950

CD Reviews

Famous, sumptuous, moving... and yet...
Jay Dickson | Portland, OR | 01/03/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For years and years and years there was no other recording of ROSENKAVALIER to compare with this one, and many people were introduced to the opera by dint of this recording (done originally in both mono and stereo). Indeed, it still it still makes many people's lists of the alltime greatest opera recordings period, and when you listen to the gorgeous conducting of von Karajan especially in the prelude you'll instantly hear why (there is still yet to be a better conductor for this opera than Karajan). Elizabeth Schwarzkopf's portrayal of the Marschallin is in and of itself equally praised, and yet here I think the kudos have been heaped over-high. Schwarzkopf is indeed very moving, and she's magnificent in the great Time aria and in the splendid closing trio, but her highly mannered responses to her lover often get on your nerves: there's a little too much cooing and gurgling going on. (Was perhaps her Marschallin influenced not a little by the public antics of the Gabor sisters at the time?) Christa Ludwig is in fine voice but never seemed the right choice to play Octavian (she's not nearly masculine enough). Teresa Stich-Randall is in glorious voice as Sophie: although she has often been faulted for lack of warmth here, her underplaying seems to counterbalance Schwarzkopf's coyness.The opera itself is almost irrresistible. Susan Sontag once infamously listed it as a defining work of camp, which should say more about Sontag's chilly aesthetic sense than it should about the opera itself, which is magnificent: ravishing melody piled upon ravishing melody. This is not the most challenging opera Richard Strauss wrote, nor even the most moving, but it certainly is the most beautiful. Idiosyncracies of performance notwithstanding, this is still a highly recommended recording--although prospective buyers might want to check out closely the Kiri Te Kanawa version as well before buying."
Perfect Strauss from London and another Time
Mike Birman | Brooklyn, New York USA | 07/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There are two dozen or so Reference recordings in the glorious (and odd) history of recorded Opera. A Reference recording is one in which all elements coalesce to produce such obvious perfection that, even unseen, the Opera assumes legendary status: influencing (even terminating) subsequent recording efforts of the same work. The stunning Callas - Gobbi Tosca, now in it's second half-century, is the undisputed example of a perfect recording. Opera mavens who demur must keep it to themselves. Opera's a tough gig.Der Rosenkavalier has been doubly blessed. This 1956 recording has enjoyed Reference status since its release (in glorious mono). Recently, a remastered Erich Kleiber effort with Maria Reining as the Feldmarschallin has resurfaced and assumed Reference status for many, as well. If you awoke this morning craving a truly Golden-Age performance of this perfumed homage to fin-de-siecle decadence, you will not go wrong purchasing either one. If, however, you (like me) ARE an example of fin-de-siecle decadence you must have both. Recorded in London's Kingway Hall (you can hear the underground trains rumble in the distance if you crank-up the subwoofer) and originally mastered to mono to appease Producer Walter Legge's legendary hatred for stereo, EMI's house band of the era, The Philharmonia Orchestra, has never sounded silkier. The closest contemporary example of how this Orchestra once sounded is The Met Orchestra under Levine before his recent illness. Strings are plump sounding yet elegant. The horns forceful with perfect intonation: this score is horn and string driven. A failure here is fatal! The woodwinds and percussion perfect as well. Karajan and Klemperer evoked wonders from this orchestra, yet two more disparate personalities cannot be conceived. Orchestra's are not usually so democratic so I suspect Legge's influence at work. Luckily, the original multi-channel master was not destroyed and, unlike the great Sawallisch led Capriccio, a stereo version of Rosenkavalier is available. The record's soundfield is narrow yet deep, typical of early stereo. Some compression and tape hiss is inevitable but is not bad enough to detract from enjoyment.Schwarzkopf was born to the part of the Marschallin. Aristocratic authority coupled with wistful sadness, her keynote for the role, must be delicately balanced. I think she is incomparable. Her voice has unusual heft in this recording. Again, I suspect Legge's influence. He was her husband, after all. Oh to be a fly-on-the-wall.... Otto Edelmann as Baron Ochs bellows beautifully, never yielding to mere vulgarity. Christa Ludwig, a favorite of mine, is wonderful as Octavian. Eberhard Wachter a fine Faninal. The truly stunning cast also includes Teresa Stich-Randall, Ljuba Welitsch and Nicolai Gedda. My praise for this glorious assemblage is utterly superfluous. Such casts are just a half-forgotten dream now. But this is what it takes to make a Reference recording. If you don't own it (or have never heard it) and you are even remotely receptive to Strauss, I urge you to wallow in this Grand Viennese confection. Three years after this Opera's premier, the world it so lovingly depicts was skewered by the sword and died in the Trenches. What was wistful becomes tragic. What once glistened now fades. This Opera is all that is left of that poor silver rose."
A miracle
toddyr | Auckland New Zealand | 08/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recording remains the best Der Rosenkavalier and, for me, one of my most treasured opera recordings of all time. While there are other wonderful recordings (I would, in particular, recommend Solti's with Regine Crespin as the Marschallin or Haitink's with Kiri Te Kanawa), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf's portrait of the Marschallin set the standard. Schwarzkopf portrays in staggering detail a Marschallin who is young and attractive, sad and scared, and wise and generous in giving up her Octavian for Sophie. Schwarzkopf is surrounded by a perfect cast with Christa Ludwig's firm mezzo making a strong Octavian; Teresa Stich-Randall has a clear, whiteness of tone that makes her an ideal Sophie; and Otto Edelmann is a characterful Baron Ochs. Karajan gives an emotional reading of the work that he has rarely matched elsewhere. The transfer to CD is from original analogue tapes recorded in 1956. It does expose some misty sound occasionally, but there is a great sense of presence and overall the sound is remarkable. The producer, Walter Legge, declared it "A miracle" when he listened to the opera. I couldn't agree with him more."