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Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten
Rysanek, Hopf, Goltz
Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten
Genre: Classical


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All Artists: Rysanek, Hopf, Goltz, Schoeffler, Hoengen, Bohm
Title: Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten
Members Wishing: 0
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Label: Universal/Decca
Release Date: 8/28/2002
Album Type: Import
Genre: Classical
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaCD Credits: 3
Other Editions: Die Frau Ohne Schatten (The Woman Without a Shadow)/Richard Strauss
UPCs: 028942598126, 028942598126

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Glorious performance
E. Lyons | 11/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a glorious performance of Die Frau Ohne Schatten. The classic version before Solti's 1991 version. Everyone is in peak form. But the star of this production is the Empress of Leonie Rysanek in her absolute prime - her voice glorious and creamy. She appeared in the 1964 Karajan set, the 1977 Bohm set and the 1974 Bohm set. But this is her best recorded Empress. All this is superb Decca stereo!!! Hongen proves that she was the reigning mezzo at the Vienna State Opera before Christa Ludwig. This has to be Christel Goltz's best record!! All her other recordings are either in mono sound or feature her at less than her best. Here, in superb stereo, you hear why she was a top leading dramatic soprano in the 1950s. Paul Schoffler is superb as Barak - the equal of Walter Berry. The Emperor is great too."
E. Lyons | 03/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Die Frau Ohne Schatten is clearly one of the greatest operas ever written. This set is incredible. Just buy it!!"
Best Frosch
E. Lyons | Ann Arbor, MI | 10/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is my favorite opera, and I have heard most of the recordings. This one is the best by far. Not only are the singers wonderful, as the other reviews say, but their diction is exceptionally clear, allowing the drama and interaction to come through perfectly. The fact that it is not complete bothers me a little, but the cuts are nowhere near as bad as on Boehm's live Vienna recording on DG (i.e. the Dyer's wife parts that he always cut in live performance are mostly here, although he does cut that solo for the nurse in Act 3, which is very good--anyway, I think he cut the dyer's wife's stuff in live performance because the role was so taxing, not because he really thought it should be it's all here in this one). Christel Goltz's Dyer's wife is beautifully vivid here, so it is lucky that those cuts were not made. Rysanek is her usual amazing self. This recording is worth hundreds of's in a league of its own."