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Strauss, R: Elektra

Strauss, R: Elektra

Recorded: Sofiensaal, Vienna, September 1966


Birgit Nilsson (Elektra), Regina Resnik (Klytämnestra), Marie Collier (Chrystothemis), Gerhard Stolze (Aegisth), Tom Krause (Orest)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti

2CD + Blu-ray Audio

Booklet in English, French, German, includes repertoire notes by Michael Kennedy, essay “Myth and Psychoanalysis in Hofmannsthal’s Elektra” by Gerd Uekermann, session photographs, and synopsis and libretto.

“A classic superbly remastered, with Nilsson's searing anti-heroine and Solti building almost unbearable tension. Includes Resnik's raddled Klytaemnestra, Krause's heroic Orest and Marie Collier, at the peak of her career.” BBC Music Magazine, 2007

“Undoubtedly one of the greatest performances ever on record … There are many who believe, as I do, that Elektra was Nilsson's most exciting accomplishment for the gramophone, surpassing even her Brunnhilde. Her unflinching attack, magnificent high Bs and Cs, her subtle shadings … her depth of feeling … coupled with her absolute steadiness of tone, are something we are lucky to hear once in a lifetime … this is possibly Solti's most notable operatic recording. The nervous tension of this work finds a keen empathy in his gripping, taut and highly detailed conducting, to which the VPO responded with their finest playing, and every strand of the score, given—for once—complete, is caught by John Culshaw's recording.” Gramophone Magazine, 1986

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Summer Opera Sale

Decca - 4831494

(2 CDs + Blu-ray Audio - 3 discs)

Normally: $29.75

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Scheduled for release on 7 July 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Strauss, R: Salome

Strauss, R: Salome


Birgit Nilsson (Salome), Eberhard Wächter (Jokanaan), Gerhard Stolze (Herod), Grace Hoffman (Herodias)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti

2CD + Blu-ray Audio

Includes repertoire notes by Michael Kennedy (English), Jean-Claude Poyet (French) and Hans-Ulrich Fuss (German); session photographs; notes by producer John Culshaw about the recording and the Decca “Sonicstage” approach, and synopsis and libretto all in English, French, German

“[A] very clear recording of the orchestra … all the detail of the extraordinary scoring, so often obscured in the opera house, can be easily heard throughout … The VPO answer Solti's extreme demands with their most aristocratic playing … Nilsson's account of the title role remains another towering monument to her tireless singing.” Gramophone Magazine, 1985

“Nilsson is splendid throughout; she is hard-edged as usual but, on that account, more convincingly wicked...Of this score Solti is a master. He has rarely sounded so abandoned in a recorded performance...Waechter makes a clear, young-sounding Jokanaan.” Penguin Guide, 2010 Edition

“Forty-four years after its initial release, Decca’s Salome holds a leading position in the discography due to Solti’s visceral conducting, and a strong cast centred on Nilsson’s commanding necrophiliac princess.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2012

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Summer Opera Sale

Decca - 4831498

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Scheduled for release on 7 July 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

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