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Great Strauss Scenes / soprano Christine Brewer

Audio Samples

>Strauss, Richard : Elektra, Op. 58
>     Recognition Scene
>Strauss, Richard : Capriccio, Op.85
>     Moonlight Interlude
>Strauss, Richard : Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow), Op. 65
>     Imprisonment Scene
>Strauss, Richard : Salome, Op. 54
>     Dance of the Seven Veils
>     Final Scene

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Elektra, Op. 58
>Strauss, Richard : Capriccio, Op.85
>Strauss, Richard : Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow), Op. 65
>Strauss, Richard : Salome, Op. 54
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Quite possibly the most successful opera composer of the 20th century, Richard Strauss consistently wrote strong roles for his heroines. Not just the Marschallin in 'Der Rosenkavalier,' but many more - from Salome and Elektra to the Countess in 'Capriccio'. The outstanding singers of each generation have loved to take on these powerful roles, each of which portrays a woman taking control of her own destiny, while Strauss' orchestra swirls around her, supporting her vocal line, recalling what happened earlier, suggesting what is going on in her mind that even she may not be fully aware of. Here are a few selections of great scenes for soprano from the operas of Strauss, some widely known, others less so. Christine Brewer and the wonderfully rich bass baritone of Eric Owens under the direction of Donald Runnicles leading the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bring out the intrigue of Strauss' heroines on 'Great Strauss Scenes'.

"Be warned - the dynamic range is huge. It would be a good idea to let the neighbours know what is coming... Brewer is fully involved and in splendid voice, letting herself go at the top with a freedom she does not always manage in the theatre... at the climaxes the orchestra does not half let rip." -Gramophone Magazine

"Christine Brewer possesses the ideal combination of invincible vocal strength and iridescent sweetness of tone. The three scenes from Elektra, Die Frau Ohne Schatten, and Salome explore her dynamic range and theatrical versatility." -San Francisco Sentinel

"Soprano Christine Brewer has a terrific voice for Strauss -- large, warm, colorful, with a velvety legato and the ability to soar over the orchestra -- and in this release, she tackles three of the most tempestuously charged scenes from his operas. These extended scenes are as much a showcase for the orchestra as for the soloist, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, expertly led by Donald Runnicles, throws itself with abandon into this tumultuous music, playing with the supple assurance and opulent tone of the most acclaimed orchestras... The sound of Telarc's CD is exceptionally clean and clear." -All Music Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, G (02/06/2009/02/09/2009).



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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Elektra, Op. 58 :: Recognition Scene
  • Performers: Eric Owens (Bass Baritone); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Notes: Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA (02/06/2009/02/09/2009)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1906-1908

>Strauss, Richard : Capriccio, Op.85 :: Moonlight Interlude
  • Performers: Eric Owens (Bass Baritone); Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Notes: Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA (02/06/2009/02/09/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1940-1941

>Strauss, Richard : Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow), Op. 65 :: Imprisonment Scene
  • Performers: Christine Brewer (Soprano); Eric Owens (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Notes: Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA (02/06/2009/02/09/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1914-1917

>Strauss, Richard : Salome, Op. 54 :: Dance of the Seven Veils
  • Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Notes: Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA (02/06/2009/02/09/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1903-1905

>Strauss, Richard : Salome, Op. 54 :: Final Scene
  • Performer: Christine Brewer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Donald Runnicles
  • Notes: Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA (02/06/2009/02/09/2009)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1903-1905