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Strauss: Elektra / Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet, Angela De, Felicity Palmer, Matthias Goerne - Gergiev

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Elektra, Op. 58
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On this new set from LSO Live, Valery Gergiev conducts Strauss' Elektra, one of the most powerful operas in the repertoire, accompanied by a superlative cast. The work is a prime example of Strauss' finest melodic writing. It showcases many, of what were at the time, modernist techniques such as dissonance, chromaticism and fluid tonality. The one act Greek tragedy was reconstructed by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and his adapted text forms the libretto for the opera. The drama centers on Elektra and her determination to avenge her father's death. The themes of death, violence, sexual repression and revenge are omnipresent. American soprano Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet is recognized as a leading force in German and contemporary music repertoire. Angela Denoke and Dame Felicity Palmer both possess outstanding pedigrees in Strauss' operas. They are joined by Lieder specialist Matthias Goerne, making a rare foray into operatic repertoire.

The Daily Telegraph
With the London Symphony Orchestra playing with spectacular virtuosity and total commitment, Gergiev set the temperature at boiling point from the first explosive bar, and the effect was instantly scalding... you'd be unlikely to find a staged Elektra as well sung or played as this one.

Sunday Times, July 2012
This exciting reading is worth a try, if not a classic.

International Record Review, July/August 2012
One feels a distinct frisson with the arrival of Klytaemnestra...Caricature is totally eschewed; however tortured Klytaemnestra may be, Palmer maintains an innate regality in her vocal presence...[Goerne's] text is penetratingly delivered...Storey offers a heroic voice as Aegisthus, for a change, with all the notes truly sounded...One can tell that the LSO rejoices in playing this music...Any Elektra enthusiast will want to hear Goerne and the magnificent Palmer.

classicalsource.com, July 2012
If vocal discipline is not Charbonnet's strong suit that may be a virtue in this role...It is difficult to find any faults in Felicity Palmer's classic KlytSmnestra...she is always scrupulously musical and no thoughts of caricature invade one's attention...[Storey creates] an individual sound for the character of -gisthus..[Goerne] falls not far short of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in establishing a dark, mysterious presence at his entry.

The Scotsman, July 2012
Gergiev grasps the Wagnerian intensity of the score, also capturing the Straussian extremist tendencies with thrilling impact. Thrusting playing by the LSO helps.

The Times, July 2012
Gothic glory lies in the London Symphony Orchestra's playing: visceral in impact, full of details usually lost in an opera house pit...Charbonnet doesn't have enough heft at the top for the increasingly unhinged Elektra: the compensation comes in her commitment and passion.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Barbican, London (2010-01-11_2010-01-12&2010-).


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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Elektra, Op. 58
  • Performers: Tatiana Kravtsova (Voice); Ekaterina Popova; Ekaterina Sergeeva; Lia Shevtsova (Soprano); Varvara Solovieva
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Barbican, London (2010-01-11_2010-01-12&2010-)
  • Running Time: 86 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1906-1908