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Diana Damrau (soprano)

Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Christian Thielemann

What wins this disc the five stars are the facts that Damrau, singing in her native German, is poised ideally between dreamy haze and Schwarzkopfian fussiness...her hallowed pianissimos allow... More…

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Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

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Soile Isokoski (soprano)

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski

Strauss singing doesn't come much better than this. No doubt the composer himself, with his love of the soprano voice, would have been enthralled by Isokoski's glorious singing. He might also... More…

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Jessye Norman (soprano)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur

[Norman is] grand, impassioned, noble, dignified, unmannered in this unforgettable interpretation More…

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Hildegard Behrens (Die Färberin), Julia Varady (Die Kaiserin), Plácido Domingo (Der Kaiser), José van Dam (Barak), Reinhild Runkel (Die Amme), Sumi Jo (Stimme des Falken)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti

This was the most ambitious project on which Strauss and his librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal collaborated. It's both fairy tale and allegory with a score that's Wagnerian in its scale and breadth.... More…

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Joyce DiDonato (mezzo), Edgaras Montvidas (tenor), Nabil Suliman (baritone), Elena Semenova (soprano), Pascale Obrecht (mezzo), Paolo Stupenengo (bass)

Orchestre et Choeur de L'Opéra National De Lyon, Kazuko Ono

Proof of DiDonato's consummate musicianship is everywhere here...For sheer beauty of tone, legato that defies gravity and singing that restores your faith in human nature, listen last of all... More…

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Brigitte Fassbaender (Octavian), Claire Watson (Marschallin), Karl Ridderbusch (Ochs), Lucia Popp (Sophie), Benno Kusche (Faninal), Annelie Waas (Marianne), David Thaw (Valzacchi), Margarethe Bence (Annina) & Gerhard Unger (Italian singer)

Bavarian State Opera, Carlos Kleiber

This performance from 1973 is notable for its extraordinary textural clarity, in this densest of scores, and its rhythmic vitality. The vocal hero of the occasion is Brigitte Fassbaender as... More…

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This is a golden performance…the opening is a transparent babbling brook…strings sweep forward in far from generic melody…[the central variations] balance sweetness with will-o’-the-wisp fantasy... More…

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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Rudolf Schock, Rita Streich, Karl Dönch, Irmgard Seefried, Hugues Cuenod

Philharmonia, Herbert von Karajan

Karajan's Ariadne is perfectly cast, magnificently performed, and very well recorded. The scoring, for a small orchestra, demands virtuoso playing from what, in effect, is a group of soloists;... More…

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Recorded Live at Concertgebouw 19, 20, 21 & 23 September 2007 (Alpensinfonie); 18, 21 October 2007, 16, 17 January 2008 (Don Juan)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (chief conductor)

…Mariss Jansons's… great lover is beefier if less nimble-footed than George Szell's (on Sony), with the woodwind repeated-note support crystal clear behind spacious strings. …Jansons's…Alpine... More…

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