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Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten / Sawallisch, Seiffert, DeVol [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Arthaus presents a rare document: the 1992 Japanese premiere of Wolfgang Sawallisch's last production with the Bavarian State Opera. Sawallisch was celebrating the 25th anniversary of his first appearance with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo as well as his departure, after 21 years, from the BSO. His affinity for the Japanese culture and people from his years of work there led him to choose a Japanese production team featuring director/kabuki actor Ennosuke Ichikawa for this production.

These performances of Frau marked Wolfgang Sawallisch's last bow as director of the Bavarian State Opera. The maestro has perfect control over his sprawling forces, leading the most complicated and intricate passages in the score with a sure hand. The famously difficult last act, with its panoply of offstage choruses, ringing fanfares and duets sung by physically separated singers is a challenge for any conductor. Mr. Sawallisch is now retired, but these DVDs show why he was considered to be one of the greatest Strauss conductors in the world.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 183 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian


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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65
  • Performers: Luana DeVol (Soprano); Marjana Lipovsek (Mezzo Soprano); Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Bass); Peter Seiffert (Tenor); Alan Titus (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Ensemble: Bayerische Staatsorchester
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1946