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Richard Strauss Heroines


Richard Strauss (1864-1929)


Celebrated excerpts from Richard Strauss operas

Various artists

Recorded 1956-1979

It is often said that Richard Strauss had a lifelong love affair with the soprano voice, and it is certainly true that many of his finest operatic roles were written with that voice in mind. In addition, the quality of his writing for sopranos regularly shows their instruments off to maximum advantage. Sopranos have genuine cause to the grateful to him.

Collected here are some of Strauss’s greatest heroines – whether regal (the Marschallin in Rosenkavalier), demented (Salome and Elektra), or crafty (the Empress in Frau ohne Schatten). These highlights feature not only great solo scenes (the final scene of Salome, Elektra’s monologue) but also some sublime ensembles (Arabella, Ariadne auf Naxos, the closing scene of Rosenkavalier). The singers represent some of the leading Strauss sopranos of their day – Della Casa, Guede, Crespin, Söderström, Silja and, of course, Nilsson – as well as some of the great Strauss conductors: Solti, Böhm, Dohnányi. Many of the recordings were made by the Wiener Philharmoniker in one of Decca’s iconic recording venues, the Sofiensaal, over a period of some twenty years.

Strauss, R:

Er ist der Richtige nicht für mich … Aber der Richtige, wenn\'s einen gibt für mich (from Arabella)
Lisa della Casa (Arabella) & Hilde Gueden (Zdenka)
Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker

Es gibt ein Reich (from Ariadne auf Naxos)
Leontyne Price (Ariadne), Barry McDaniel (Harlekin ) & Edita Gruberova (Zerbinetta)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Mein Gott! Es was nicht mehr als eine Farce (from Der Rosenkavalier)
Régine Crespin (Marschallin), Hilde Gueden (Sophie), Elisabeth Söderström (Octavian) & Heinz Holeãek (Faninal)
Wiener Philharmoniker, Silvio Varviso

Allein. Weh\' ganz allein (from Elektra)
Birgit Nilsson (Elektra)
Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti

Wehe, mein Mann! (from Die Frau ohne Schatten)
Leonie Rysanek (Kaiserin) & Judith Hellwig (Stimme des Falken)
Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Dance of the Seven Veils (from Salome)
Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Es ist kein Laut zu vernehmen (from Salome)
Anja Silja (Salome)
Wiener Philharmoniker, Christoph von Dohnányi


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