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Elektra - Borkh, Böhm

4807216 (2cd)

Richard Strauss (1864-1929)

Elektra

Tragedy in One Act

Chor der Staatsoper Dresden
Staatskapelle Dresden
Karl Böhm, conductor

Recorded 1961


Karl Böhm made the first complete stereo recording of Elektra in 1960 for Deutsche Grammophon and to this day, remains one of the sonically and artistically most exciting recordings of this work. Böhm knew Strauss personally (the booklet includes a delightful photo of the two of them relaxing together!) and conducted several premieres of the composer’s works. All the principals, led by Inge Borkh, are thrilling and incisive, and it is fitting that in this, the 150th anniversary of Strauss’s birth, this key recording be reissued.


Richard Strauss: Elektra

Elektra - Inge Borkh
Klytämnestra - Jean Madeira
Chrysothemis - Marianne Schech
Aegisth - Fritz Uhl
Orest - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

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