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Georg Solti conducts Richard Strauss - The Operas [15 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

21 October 2012 marks Sir Georg Solti's centenary and Decca is celebrating this with several important reissues.

Sir Georg was an exclusive Decca artist for 50 years.

In 1947 he signed his first contract with Decca - as a pianist and that same year he made his first record as a conductor (with the Zurich Tonhalle in Beethoven's Egmont Overture). His last public concerts took place just a few weeks before his death in 1997 and were with the Zurich Tonhalle.

Solti was a musician with extraordinarily wide musical interests and sympathies and he was without doubt one of the most important opera conductors of the second half of the twentieth century. His legacy of recordings is dominated by opera and his recording of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen - the first ever complete studio recording - has been described as "the greatest recording of all time by BBC Music Magazine.


Works:

Arabella, Op. 79 by Richard Strauss

Performer: Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor), Hilde Gueden (Soprano), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone),
Wilhelm Lenninger (Spoken Vocals), Lisa Della Casa (Soprano), Judith Hellwig (Soprano),
Mimi Coertse (Soprano), Harald Pröglhöf (Bass), Fritz Sengl (Spoken Vocals),
Otto Vajda (Spoken Vocals), Karl Kolowratnik (Spoken Vocals), Anton Dermota (Tenor),
Ira Malaniuk (Mezzo Soprano), Otto Edelmann (Baritone), George London (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1929-1932; Germany
Date of Recording: 1957
Venue: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria
Length: 144 Minutes 30 Secs.
Language: German

Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60 by Richard Strauss

Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano), Walter Berry (Bass Baritone), Manfred Jungwirth (Bass),
Gerhard Unger (Tenor), Barry McDaniel (Baritone), Tatiana Troyanos (Mezzo Soprano),
Deborah Cook (Soprano), Enid Hartle (Mezzo Soprano), Norma Burrowes (Soprano),
René Kollo (Tenor), Edita Gruberova (Soprano), Kurt Equiluz (Tenor)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1911/1916; Germany
Length: 121 Minutes 0 Secs.
Language: German

Elektra, Op. 58 by Richard Strauss

Performer: Marie Collier (Soprano), Tom Krause (Baritone), Gerhard Stolze (Tenor),
Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Leo Heppe (Bass),
Gerhard Unger (Tenor), Pauline Tinsley (Soprano), Felicia Weathers (Soprano),
Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano), Jane Cook (Soprano), Maureen Lehane (Alto),
Helen Watts (Alto), Margarita Lilowa (Mezzo Soprano), Margarete Sjösted (Mezzo Soprano),
Tugomir Franc (Bass)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1906-1908; Germany
Date of Recording: 1967
Venue: Sofiensaal, Vienna
Length: 107 Minutes 50 Secs.
Language: German

Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65 by Richard Strauss

Performer: Reinhild Runkel (Mezzo Soprano), Albert Dohmen (Baritone), José Van Dam (Baritone),
Hildegard Behrens (Soprano), Sumi Jo (Soprano), Eva Lind (Soprano),
Hans Franzen (Bass), Gottfried Hornik (Baritone), Wilfried Gahmlich (Tenor),
Robert Gambill (Tenor), Elzbieta Ardam (Alto), Noriko Sasaki (Soprano),
Donna Robin (Soprano), Elisabeth Lang (), Rannveig Braga (Mezzo Soprano),
Ursula Targler (Soprano), Wolfgang Schneider (Bass), Gerhard Eder (Bass),
Karl Nebenführ (Bass), Elisabeth Lang (Soprano), Julia Varády (Soprano),
Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1914-1918; Germany
Date of Recording: 1989-91
Venue: Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna
Length: 195 Minutes 28 Secs.
Language: German

Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 by Richard Strauss

Performer: Arleen Augér (Soprano), Helen Donath (Soprano), Herbert Lackner (Baritone),
Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano), Freidrich Strack (Tenor), Murray Dickie (Tenor),
Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Otto Wiener (Bass), Adolf Tomaschek (Tenor),
Alexander Maly (Bass), Hans Pipal (Voice), Ingrid Mayr (Mezzo Soprano),
Karl Terkal (Tenor), Rohangiz Yachmi (Alto), Rosl Schwaiger (Soprano),
Anton Dermota (Tenor), Franz Setzer (Tenor), Régine Crespin (Soprano),
Nikolaus Simkowsky (Tenor), Emmy Loose (Mezzo Soprano), Anne Howells (Alto),
Manfred Jungwirth (Bass), Leo Heppe (Bass), Alfred Jerger (Bass),
Herbert Prikopa (Baritone), Hans Reautschigg (Tenor), Alasdair Malloy (Percussion),
Kurt Equiluz (Tenor)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909-1910; Germany
Date of Recording: 06/1968
Venue: Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria
Length: 199 Minutes 48 Secs.
Language: German

Salome, Op. 54 by Richard Strauss

Performer: Gerhard Stolze (Tenor), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Grace Hoffman (Mezzo Soprano),
Josephine Veasey (Mezzo Soprano), Stefan Schwer (Tenor), Paul Kuen (Tenor),
Max Proebstl (Bass), Aron Gestner (Tenor), Tom Krause (Baritone),
Nigel Douglas (Tenor), Zenon Kosnowski (Bass), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone),
Heinz Holecek (Baritone), Theodore Kirschbichler (Bass), Liselotte Maikl (Soprano),
Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor), Kurt Equiluz (Tenor)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903-1905; Germany
Date of Recording: 10/1961
Venue: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria
Length: 99 Minutes 26 Secs.
Language: German

Daphne, Op. 82: Ich komme, grünende Brüder [Final scene] by Richard Strauss

Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1936-1937; Germany

Four Last Songs, AV 150 by Richard Strauss

Performer: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1948; Germany

Elektra, Op. 58: Was willst du?...Seht doch, dort by Richard Strauss

Performer: Christel Goltz (Soprano)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian State Orchestra
Written: 1909

Elektra, Op. 58: Allein! Weh', ganz allein! by Richard Strauss

Performer: Christel Goltz (Soprano)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1906-1908; Germany

Elektra, Op. 58: Ich will nichts hören by Richard Strauss

Performer: Christel Goltz (Soprano), Ferdinand Frantz (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1906-1908; Germany




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