Richard Strauss: Arabella

Richard Strauss: Arabella

by Lisa della Casa
     
 
By common assent, the great postwar Arabella was Swiss soprano Lisa della Casa. She was everything an Arabella should be: steely willed but also lyrical, golden-toned but also dramatic, passionate but also compassionate. Although she went on to record the role twice for major labels, first with Georg Solti on Decca in 1957 and then with Karl Böhm on DG in 1963, there

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By common assent, the great postwar Arabella was Swiss soprano Lisa della Casa. She was everything an Arabella should be: steely willed but also lyrical, golden-toned but also dramatic, passionate but also compassionate. Although she went on to record the role twice for major labels, first with Georg Solti on Decca in 1957 and then with Karl Böhm on DG in 1963, there are many alternative della Casa Arabellas available. Only her third appearance in the role, this 1953 performance is not quite as refined her 1957 recording nor as comfortable as her 1963 recording, but it is as passionate and more polished than her first 1947 recording. Of course, as in all della Casa's Arabellas, her voice is endlessly lovely and her interpretation is infinitely moving. If you're only going to hear one della Casa, it should probably be the 1963 recording. It has the unsurpassed Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau playing opposite her and the masterful Strauss conductor Böhm directing the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. If, however, you do have time for more than one della Casa Arabella, there are good reasons for trying this one. Not only is della Casa nearly as good as she got, but Hermann Uhde is an affecting Mandryka and Rudolf Kempe is nearly as masterful a Strauss conductor as Böhm, and surely a more lyrical Strauss conductor than Solti. Plus, the sense of occasion -- the Bavarian State Opera's first appearance in England since the war -- is evocatively captured in this BBC recording reissued here on Testament.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2006
Label:
Testament Uk
UPC:
0749677136727
catalogNumber:
1367

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  1. Arabella, opera, Op. 79 (TrV 263)  - Richard Strauss  -  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  -  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra  - Lisa della Casa  - Lorenz Fehenberger  - Hugo von Hofmannsthal  - Rudolf Kempe  - Ira Malaniuk  - Albrecht Peter  - Max Proebstl  - Hermann Uhde  - Elfriede Trötschel  - Kathe Nentwig  - Herbert Erlenwein

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