R. Strauss: Elektra & Ariadne auf Naxos (Final Scenes)

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R. Strauss: Elektra & Ariadne auf Naxos (Final Scenes)



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26th April 2011




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R. Strauss: Elektra & Ariadne auf Naxos (Final Scenes)

Strauss, R:

Final Scene (from Elektra)

Recorded in EMI Studio No. 1, Abbey Road, London 27th-29th October, 1947

Erna Schlüter (Elektra), Paul Schöffler (Orest), Ljuba Welitsch (Chrysothemis) & Walter Widdop (Aegisth)

Final Scene (from Ariadne auf Naxos)

Recorded in EMI Studio No. 1, Abbey Road, London 13th-15th October, 1947

Maria Cebotari (Ariadne), Karl Friedrich (Bacchus) & Margaret Field-Hyde (Zerbinetta)

Royal Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham



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Reissue Producer and Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn

Sourced from American RCA Victor shellac pressings for Elektra, and HMV test pressings for Ariadne auf Naxos which were unpublished on 78rpm, this Naxos Historical album celebrates the enormous mutual admiration between Richard Strauss and Sir Thomas Beecham.

Beecham had introduced Elektra to London in 1910 and presented the first version of Ariadne in London three years later. The recordings heard here of the final scenes from each opera were made almost three decades later following performances given in the presence of the composer. For the recording of Elektra, Beecham was fortunate to be to able call upon the renowned interpreters of Strauss’s music Erna Schlüter, Ljuba Welitsch and Paul Schöffler, who were appearing with the Vienna State Opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Richard Strauss: Elektra, Op. 58, TrV 223

Was willst du, fremder Mensch? (Elektra, Orest)

Elektra! Elektra! (Orest, Elektra)

Orest! Orest! Orest! (Elektra, Orest, Tutor)

Ich habe ihm das Beil nicht geben konnen! (Elektra, Chrysothemis, Maids, Aegisth, Voices)

He! Lichter! Lichter! (Ageisth, Elektra)

Elektra! Schwester! (Chrysothemis, Voices, Elektra)

Schweig, und tanze! (Elektra, Chrysothemis)

Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60, TrV 228a

The Prologue: Overture

The Opera: Ein schones Wunder! (Naiad, Dryad, Echo)

The Opera: Circe, Circe, kannst du mich horen? (Bacchus, Ariadne, Naiad, Dryad, Echo)

The Opera: Du schones Wesen! (Bacchus, Ariadne)

The Opera: Bin ich ein Gott (Ariadne, Bacchus)

The Opera: Gibt es kein Hinuber? (Ariadne, Bacchus)

The Opera: Tone, tone, susse stimme (Naiad, Dryad, Echo, Ariadne, Zerbinetta, Bacchus)

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