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STRAUSS, R.: Elektra / Ariadne auf Naxos (Final Scenes) (Schluter, Welitsch, Schoffler, Beecham) (1947)

Composer(s)Strauss, Richard
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.111372
Label / Series Naxos Historical / Great Opera Recordings
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available

Sourced from American RCA Victor shellac pressings for Elektra, and HMV test pressings for Ariadne auf Naxos which were unpublished on 78rpm, this Naxos Historical album celebrates the enormous mutual admiration between Richard Strauss and Sir Thomas Beecham. Beecham had introduced Elektra to London in 1910 and presented the first version of Ariadne in London three years later. The recordings heard here of the final scenes from each opera were made almost three decades later following performances given in the presence of the composer. For the recording of Elektra, Beecham was fortunate to be to able call upon the renowned interpreters of Strauss’s music Erna Schlüter, Ljuba Welitsch and Paul Schöffler, who were appearing


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STRAUSS, R.: Elektra / Ariadne auf Naxos (Final Scenes) (Schluter, Welitsch, Schoffler, Beecham) (1947) 1:08:02   
  Elektra, Op. 58, TrV 223          
      Was willst du, fremder Mensch? (Elektra, Orest) 8:03       
      Elektra! Elektra! (Orest, Elektra) 2:36       
      Orest! Orest! Orest! (Elektra, Orest, Tutor) 10:16       
      Ich habe ihm das Beil nicht geben konnen! (Elektra, Chrysothemis, Maids, Aegisth, Voices) 2:12       
      He! Lichter! Lichter! (Ageisth, Elektra) 4:26       
      Elektra! Schwester! (Chrysothemis, Voices, Elektra) 6:01       
      Schweig, und tanze! (Elektra, Chrysothemis) 1:53       
  Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60, TrV 228a          
      The Prologue: Overture 4:58       
      The Opera: Ein schones Wunder! (Naiad, Dryad, Echo) 3:41       
      The Opera: Circe, Circe, kannst du mich horen? (Bacchus, Ariadne, Naiad, Dryad, Echo) 5:52       
      The Opera: Du schones Wesen! (Bacchus, Ariadne) 6:34       
      The Opera: Bin ich ein Gott (Ariadne, Bacchus) 4:10       
      The Opera: Gibt es kein Hinuber? (Ariadne, Bacchus) 2:29       
      The Opera: Tone, tone, susse stimme (Naiad, Dryad, Echo, Ariadne, Zerbinetta, Bacchus) 4:51       
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