Strauss: Elektra / Gatti/Vienna PO, Theorin, Meier, Westbroek [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Elektra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Lehnhoff's new production of Elektra ends with a stroke of genius that arrives with a shock." - Financial Times With Strauss' Elektra, the Salzburg Festival delivers a striking production that the Kurier deemed the "best new opera production of 2010." Portraying the title role is Swedish soprano Irene Theorin, whose performance the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung declared "impressive in every respect." Internationally acclaimed Wagner singer Waltraud Meier also gives a spectacular, commanding stage debut as Klytämnestra. Director Nikolaus Lehnhoff uses his wealth of experience to great effect: moving about a sinister, forbidding set bathed in suggestively changing lighting, the vocalists are treated as stage actors, whose expressive gestures are captured with particular vividness and immediacy by the camera. Leading the Vienna Philharmonic, Daniele Gatti clearly emphasizes the dual conflicts at the heart of the work.

BBC Music Magazine
This Salzburg production is one of the best Elektras available on DVD

MusicWeb International
Strauss operas on Blu-ray are always a cause for celebration, none more so than this live performance from Salzburg. Joining a stellar cast is conductor Daniele Gatti... Throw in a production directed by Nikolaus Lehnhoff and the stage is set for a riveting performance of this blood-dimm'd blockbuster.

Fanfare
The Blu-ray visual production and sound are magnificent in this live Salzburg Festival production. Gatti's interpretation may not have Solti's power, but there is no lack of fine instrumental detail. You should also be careful at the beginning to avoid blowing out your speakers. There is no view of the opera house or the conductor entering the orchestra pit, so the performance begins explosively without warning with the massive opening brass chord.

American Record Guide
The raked stage setting of a prison and costuming in this production is superb... The [Blu-Ray] coding and orchestral surround coding works very well, although the dim-grey lighting softens things a bit. The Vienna Philharmonic sounds thrilling.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 109 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: German, Italian, English, French, Spanish, Japanese



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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Elektra
  • Performers: Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano); Irene Theorin (Soprano); René Pape (Bass); Waltraud Meier (Mezzo Soprano); Robert Gambill (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Daniele Gatti
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1906-1908