R. STRAUSS Elektra Böhm

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RICHARD STRAUSS

Elektra
Borkh · Schech · Madeira
Uhl · Fischer-Dieskau
Chor der Staatsoper Dresden
Staatskapelle Dresden
Karl Böhm
Int. Release 01 Jul. 1994
2 CDs / Download
CD ADD 0289 445 3292 0 GX 2


Track List

CD 1: Strauss: Elektra

Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Elektra, Op.58

Cvetka Ahlin, Margarita Sjostedt, Sieglinde Wagner, Judith Hellwig, Gerda Scheyrer, Llona Steingruber, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Inge Borkh, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Marianne Schech, Inge Borkh, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Inge Borkh, Marianne Schech, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Jean Madeira, Inge Borkh, Renate Reinecke, Hermi Ambros, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Jean Madeira, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Jean Madeira, Inge Borkh, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Inge Borkh, Jean Madeira, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Total Playing Time 50:30

CD 2: Strauss: Elektra

Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Elektra, Op.58

Marianne Schech, Inge Borkh, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Gerhard Unger, Siegfried Vogel, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Inge Borkh, Marianne Schech, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Inge Borkh, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Inge Borkh, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Inge Borkh, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Inge Borkh, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Fred Teschler, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Inge Borkh, Jean Madeira, Marianne Schech, Cvetka Ahlin, Margarita Sjostedt, Sieglinde Wagner, Judith Hellwig, Gerda Scheyrer, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm, Women's Chorus of the Dresden State Opera Chorus, Ernst Hintze

Fritz Uhl, Inge Borkh, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Marianne Schech, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm, Dresden State Opera Chorus, Ernst Hintze

Inge Borkh, Marianne Schech, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Marianne Schech, Inge Borkh, Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

Total Playing Time 49:40

Borkh makes Elektra womanly from the start, Jean Madeira enunciates the second part of the Klytemnestra scene with a quasi-improvisatory clarity, the orchestra's parallel triads slither and shriek, and there is Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: solemn, fearful, with an almost dismissive inflection . . .

. . . there is still -- even today -- much to enjoy from this intimate, and at times rather brash, account of the score. The stereo sound on this latest DG re-issue is quite stunning and reflects the warm ambience of the original LPs. Inge Borkh . . . provides an exciting and forceful account of the anguished daughter out for revenge . . . Jean Madeira obviously enjoys herself as the evil mother, while Fritz Uhl simply romps through his walk-on part as the doomed King. Best of all is Fischer-Dieskau's portrayal of the women's brother Orest, who eventually performs the dastardly deed! His must be one of the best interpretations of the role that have been recorded. Karl Böhm holds his Dresden forces together well, and makes one or two small cuts in the score that were apparently sanctioned by Strauss himself . . . This set is certainly worth an airing, if you haven't heard it.

The "Elektra" performance, a 1960 DG studio recording, has a good claim to be the finest gramophone "Elektra" of all . . . Böhm's conducting is faultless; he has both the sweep and the lyricism . . . Inge Borkh's Elektra is superb . . . Madeira's Klytaemnestra is vocally superb and is a compelling, slightly underplayed performance that I'm sure is what Strauss wanted . . . The smaller roles are all excellent; I particularly enjoyed Fritz Uhl's Aegisth. The recording comes over very well . . . DG's issue from the original tapes has a definite edge over [other releases] . . .

Superbly conducted and cast, Böhm's recording combines lyrical lustre with terrifying intensity. Borkh eclipses today's Elektras, and Madeira's Klytaemnestra is beautifully unexaggerated.