Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

by Cheryl Barker
     
 

Andrew Litton's recording of Der Rosenkavalier is a reminder, if one were needed, of the outstanding quality of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the high caliber of performances at the Sydney Opera House. The opera starts out a little stiffly, and the opening scene doesn't quite achieve the richlySee more details below

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Andrew Litton's recording of Der Rosenkavalier is a reminder, if one were needed, of the outstanding quality of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the high caliber of performances at the Sydney Opera House. The opera starts out a little stiffly, and the opening scene doesn't quite achieve the richly luxuriant atmosphere that it can have, but Litton and the orchestra loosen up quickly and the rest of the performance is lilting and exuberant. Catherine Carby is especially strong as Octavian. Her voice is warm, rich, and supple, and her acting is vivid, particularly her comic turn when disguised as Mariandel. Emma Pearson's Sophie is highly sympathetic and her voice is sweet and colorful. All their scenes together are radiant -- they have palpable chemistry -- but their interactions in the second act the opera's closing duet are especially moving and endearing. Cheryl Baker makes an impressive, secure Marschallin, singing with authority and full tone, but her characterization isn't as sharply etched with bittersweet emotional complexity as that of the role's most acclaimed interpreters. Manfred Hemm's Baron Ochs is sonorous, and he brings just the right amount of comedy to the part. The supporting cast is consistently very fine. The sound of the live 2010 performance is detailed, well-balanced, and mostly clean (there's some audience noise), but it doesn't quite have the warm, rich ambience that best serves this score.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2012
Label:
Opera Australia
UPC:
5060266600371
catalogNumber:
56028
Rank:
279740

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  1. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227)  - Richard Strauss  - Manfred Hemm  - Hugo von Hofmannsthal  - Andrew Litton  - Andrew Brunsdon  - Cheryl Barker  - Gregory Brown  -  Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra  - Catherine Carby  - Warwick Fyfe  - Graeme Macfarlane  - Aubrey Murphy  -  Opera Australia Chorus  - Stephen Bennett  - Jodie McGuren  - Chris Yates  - Jacqueline Dark  - Margaret Plummer  - Edmond Choo  - Henry Choo  - Chloris Bath  - Dean Bassett  - Emma Castelli  - Emma Pearson  - James Roser  - Jin Tea Kim  - Sam Roberts-Smith  - Teresa La Rocca

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