- Tanja Baumgartner (Voice)
Notes & Reviews:
Die Frau ohne Schatten concerns itself with the mystery of birth and the mystery of death. For composer Richard Strauss, and librettist von Hofmannsthal, influences of Goethe and Mozart's Magic Flute played an important role in the opera's conception. This great work was Sebastian Weigle's admission ticket as Frankfurt Opera Chief Music Director; what could be more appropriate then, than to issue this performance on CD? Strauss specialist Weigle brought established singers and role debutantes to the stage, including Terje Stensvold, who made his farewell from the Frankfurt stage in 2014.
American Record Guide, March/April 2016
The outstanding singers are Baumgartner's Nurse and Stensvold's Barak. Her smooth, absolutely steady mezzo easily rides the ups and downs of her lengthy part. Stensvold has the warmth of voice and personality Barak needs. When the Dyer sings, the music always calms down. When Stensvold sings, our ears perk up and we listen raptly. As his wife, Hogrefe has the dramatic measure of her role, and she knows how her phrases should be shaped. Some of her highest notes are screams, so she's cast in the shade by the sopranos who actually sing them: Studer, Varady, above all Rysanek. Sawallisch has a stronger royal pair (Studer and Kollo), and Solti's deluxe cast is still the best overall (Varady, Domingo, Behrens, Van Dam). The booklet has notes, synopses, and a handsomely printed libretto.
Recording information: Oper Frankfurt (10/2014/11/2014).
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Works DetailsStrauss, Richard : Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65
- Performer: Tanja Baumgartner (Voice)
- Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
- Ensemble: Frankfurter Opern und Museumsorchesterá
- Notes: Composition written: 1914-17.
- Running Time: 150 min. 14 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1914-1917
- Studio/Live: Live