Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 (Remastered) Wolfgang Sawallisch

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Label: Sony Classical

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Opera

Artist: Wolfgang Sawallisch

Composer: Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

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  • Richard Strauss (1864-1949): Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65: Akt I:
  • 1Licht überm See05:29
  • 2Amme, wachst Du?04:42
  • 3Fort mit Euch!04:15
  • 4Wie soll ich denn nicht weinen?02:32
  • 5Amme, um alles, wo find ich den Schatten?05:13
  • 6Erdenflug01:48
  • 7Dieb! Da nimm!01:54
  • 8Sie aus dem Hause, und das für immer!08:05
  • 9Dritthalb Jahr bin ich dein Weib05:03
  • 10Was wollt ihr hier?06:20
  • 11Ach Herrin, süße Herrin03:15
  • 12Hat es dich blutige Tränen gekostet05:26
  • 13Mutter, Mutter, lass uns nach Hause02:00
  • 14Trag ich die Ware selber zum Markt02:33
  • 15Ihr Gatten in den Häusern dieser Stadt05:35
  • Akt II:
  • 16Komm bald wieder nach Haus, mein Gebieter!03:22
  • 17Was ist nun deine Rede04:17
  • 18Verwandlung03:23
  • 19Falke, du Wiedergefundener09:42
  • 20Es gibt derer, die haben immer Zeit03:52
  • 21Schlange, was habe dich mit dir zu schaffen?08:17
  • 22Wer da? - Ich, mein Gebieter, deine Dienerin!02:52
  • 23Sieh, Amme, sieh!03:00
  • 24Zum Lebenswasser!02:29
  • 25Wehe, mein Mann!04:15
  • 26Es dunkelt, dass ich nicht sehe01:38
  • 27Es gibt derer, die bleiben immer gelassen02:46
  • 28Das Weib ist irre!01:46
  • 29Barak, ich hab es nicht getan!03:31
  • Akt III:
  • 30Schweigt doch, ihr Stimmen!06:46
  • 31Mir anvertraut03:26
  • 32Auf, geh nach oben, Mann04:41
  • 33Fort von hier!05:31
  • 34Aus unsren Taten steigt ein Gericht02:52
  • 35Was Menschen bedürfen00:41
  • 36Den Namen des Herrn?02:02
  • 37Weh uns Armen!01:33
  • 38Vater, bist du's?04:03
  • 39Goldener Trank, Wasser des Lebens02:50
  • 40Doch weich' ich nicht!03:44
  • 41Wenn das Herz aus Kristall08:43
  • 42Nun will ich jubeln04:40
  • Total Runtime02:50:52

Info for Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 (Remastered)

"The role that always suffers most is that of the Nurse, ostensibly because some of HofmannsthaI's most abstruse text is put into her mouth. It emerges here, in Hanna Schwarz's glorious performance, as one of Strauss's most memorable creations for the female voice, and if there were no other reasons (which there are) for hailing this EMI achievement, the Nurse would be enough.

This is a studio recording and has all the merits of the best of its kind. Balance is admirable, the off-stage voices are atmospherically recorded and the playing of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, which Sawallisch chose in preference to his own opera orchestra, is magnificent. One is convinced, after listening to these discs, that this is Strauss's grandest and most ambitious, if not his most consistent, score, and that the beauty and imaginative genius of the orchestration are unsurpassed in all his music. There is a Mahlerian sound-quality in the chamber-music textures and in the use of the celesta, glass harmonica and other exotic instruments.

[Barak] is sung extremely well by Alfred Muff, who is in turn genial, rough, tender, mystified and compassionate, a performance near to ideal vocally and dramatically.

Nor can any admirer of this opera fail to be entranced by Cheryl Studer's Empress. She is delightfully light and airy in the coloratura of her first entrance and gradually, as the drama deepens, gains in richness and passion—lovely singing and interpretation. René Kollo as the Emperor is, well, Kollo, which means some of it is good and some coarse and ill-considered, but where it matters most, in his two big arias, he comes up trumps.

Great care has been taken with the smaller roles, such fine singers as Marjana Lipovek, JanHendrick Rootering, Paul Frey (a better choice as Emperor?) and Julie Kaufmann contributing their artistry to the whole splendid enterprise. The highest honours, though, must go to Wolfgang Sawallisch himself, whose passionate devotion to Strauss in general and to this opera in particular results here in a notable milestone in the gramophone's operatic progress." (Gramophone)

Cheryl Studer, soprano
Rene Kollo, tenor
Alfred Muff, baritone
Ute Vinzing, soprano
Hanna Schwarz, mezzo-soprano
Cyndia Sieden, soprano
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor

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