Knappertsbusch: Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier (3 CD, APE)
Knappertsbusch: Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier (3 CD, APE)

Orchestra: Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Hans Knappertsbusch
Composer: Richard Strauss
Audio CD
SPARS Code: A-D
Number of Discs: 3
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: RCA Victor
Size: 707 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Die Feldmarschallin, Furstin Werdenberg – Maria Reining
Der Baron Ochs auf Lerdienau – Kurt Bohme
Octavian, genannt Quinquin – Sena Jurinac
Herr von Faninal – Alfred Poell
Sophie, seine Tochter – Hilde Guden
Jungfer Marianne Leitmctzerin – Judith Hellwig
Valzacchi, ein Intrigant – Laszlo Szemere
Annina, seine Begleiterin – Hilde Rossel-Majdan
Der Haushofmeister der Feldmarschallin – Harald Proglliof
Der Haushofmeister bei Faninal- William Wernigk
Ein Notar – Ljubomir Pantscheff
Ein Sanger – Karl Terkal
Polizeikommissar – Adolf Vogel
Drei adelige Waisen – Alberta Kolm, Elfriede Hochstatter, Maria Trupp
Ein Tierhandler – Erich Majkut
Ein Wirt – Fritz Sperlbauer

Wiener Staatsoper
Hans Knappertsbusch
Recorded 16 november 1955

CD 01
01 Wie Du warst, wie du bist
02 Er Katzenkopf, er Unvorsicht’ger
03 Selbstverstandlich, empfangt mich Ihro Gnaden
04 Hat sie schon einmal mit einem Kavalier
05 I kumm glei
06 Arie des italienischen Singers
07 Als Morgengabe, bin ich verstanden
08 Da geht er hin
09 Ach du bist wieder da
10 Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar Ding

CD 02
01 Einleitung und erste Szene
02 Mir ist die Ehre wiederfahren
03 Ich kenn’ ihn schon recht wohl
04 Jetzt aber kommt mein Herr Zukьnftiger
05 Wird sie das Mannsbild heiraten ?
06 Herr Baron von Lerchenau !
07 Da lieg’ I, was einem Kavalier net all’s passieren kann

CD 03
01 Act 3 Introduction and Pantonmime
02 Waltz, Scene 1
03 Nein, nein! I trink kein Wein
04 Die schone Musi
05 Er ist es, er ist es! Es ist mein Mann
06 Bin glucklich uber alle Massen
07 Leopold, wir geh’n!
08 Mein Gott, es war nichts als eine Farce
09 Marie Theres
10 Ist Ein Traum, kann nicht wirklich sein

5.0 out of 5 stars A great Strauss recording salvaged by remastering

The CD revolution of the 80s sent record companies scrambling to transfer their LP treasures into digital sound. Ironically, Decca at first came up with shrill, metallic transfers that betrayed their famous analog sound. And so matters stood for over a decaade with such indispensable recordings as Solti’s Ring cycle and renowned Strauss operas. Der Ronsenkavalier was severely harmed given that the LP version was already a birght recording with x-ray detail.

But here it is sounding, if not mellow, at least not ear-piercing. The loudest tuttis from the ever-magnificent Vienna Phil. still cause some ear burn, but the voices no longer do, thank God. It’s a joy to hear Crespin, Minton, and Donath soar on high without having to wince. As for the performance itself, I agree with almost every reviewer here. Solti drives a bit hard and is prone to over-emphasis, but he lowers the sugar content considerably, a great thing in Rosenkavalier. His aim is pointed drama, not luscious Viennese schlag. His singers follow suit, especially Yvonne Minton, who gives us an impetuous, headstrong Oktavian shorn of feminine nuance–this boy strides the stage like a man.

Manfred Jungwirth abolishes the stereotype of Ochs as a buffoon; his characterization is full of sharp personality and shrewd detail; he’s capable of being boorish and snappish, proud and brutal, without turning those attitudes into jokes. This Baron would run right over you if you stepped in his way. Helen Donath sings with complete ease and girlish charm as Sophie,. In my mind, Regine Crespin is probably Schwarzkopf’s only rival in the modern era as the Marschallin. Solti never stops moving things along, so Crespin isn’t given the proper setting for an inward, reflective performance of the kind Schwarzkopf had mastered. Instead, this Marschallin is restless, at times panicky, alert, and seductively young–a great portrayal full of womanly warmth as well.

In sum, I will turn to the famed Karajan/Schwarzkopf set on EMI for wisdom and the Solti for thrills. Highly recommended.

1 Comment

  1. Thank you very much for the wonderful selection of “Der Rosenkavalier”, thou I had all of them except Knappertsbusch. But what a treasure it is.
    Thanks again.

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