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R. Strauss; Salome / Soltesz, Denoke, Begley, Soffel, Held, Reijans [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Salome, Op 54
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This highly acclaimed 2011 production of Salome from Baden-Baden, staged by German director Nikolaus Lenhoff, exceeded the high expectations of the audience and critics alike. Angela Denoke is a brilliant Salome, and Kim Begley, Doris Soffel and Alan Held complete a perfect cast."As with his Elektra at last summer's Salzburg Festival, Lehnhoff's strength in this Salome is the psychological accuracy and musicality of his direction... In Baden-Baden Lehnhoff can rely on a superb ensemble led by Angela Denoke, with her stunning singing and acting... An enthralling premiere that thoroughly deserved its rapturous reception." --FAZ

The Flip Side
Angela Denoke... plays the teenage temptress with such a fiery single-mindedness that the finale - Salome singing to John the Baptist's severed head - creeps us out more than usual. The fine-tuned orchestra is led by conductor Stefan Soltesz; Nikolaus Lehnhoff's appropriately garish production certainly fits the story.

BBC Music Magazine
Denoke wins her place in the sun as a lithe if hardly sex-kittenish Salome. She has an expressive, secure and slightly dark-timbred voice...Held is a physically and vocally powerful prophet...It's all clear and slick throughout but never quite makes the flesh creep.

Gramophone Magazine
There's no denying the conviction of the performance, and the filming is suitably bold in its use of close-up...the unseen conductor Stefan Soltesz makes a powerful impression and the torrid score breathes but never drags. Denoke has the measure of the taxing title-role: assuming that we have is a single, unedited performance, she does particularly well to save an extra degree of vocal heft for the final scene.

International Record Review
This Nikolaus Lehnhoff-directed production draws vivid and valid characterizations and motivations...Kim Begley's big-voiced Herod is properly nasty; Doris Soffel's ageing movie-star-like Herodias is both shrill and menacing; and Alan Held's Jokanaan is filled with scorn, piety and grandeur.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 112 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.0
Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Korean


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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Salome, Op 54
  • Performers: Kim Begley (Tenor); Angela Denoke (Soprano); Alan Held (Baritone); Marcel Reijans (Tenor); Doris Soffel (Alto)
  • Conductor: Stefan Soltesz
  • Ensemble: Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1903-1905