Solti: Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier (3 CD, FLAC)
Solti: Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier (3 CD, FLAC)

Performer: Vienna State Opera Chorus
Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Georg Solti
Composer: Richard Strauss
Audio CD
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 3 CD box set
Format: FLAC
Label: Decca
Size: 949 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227)
Composed by Richard Strauss
Performed by Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
with Adolf Tomaschek, Karl Terkal, Manfred Jungwirth, Hans Reautschnigg, Arleen Auger, Otto Wiener, Friedrich Strack, Nikolaus Simkowsky, Rosl Schwaiger, Franz Setzer, Ingrid Mayr, Alexander Maly, Murray Dickie, Kurt Equiluz, Alfred Jerger, Hans Pipal, Helen Donath, Emmy Loose, Herbert Lackner, Anne Howells, Yvonne Minton, Luciano Pavarotti, Rohangiz Yachmi, Leo Heppe, Regine Crespin
Conducted by Georg Solti

Disc: 1
01. Act 1.: Prelude
02. Act 1.: “Wie du warst! Wie du bist!”
03. Act 1.: “Marie Theres!” “Octavian!”
04. Act 1.: “Quinquin, es ist mein Mann!”
05. Act 1.: “Selbsterständlich empfängt mich Ihro Gnaden”
06. Act 1.: “Hat Sie schon einmal mit einem Kavalier”
07. Act 1.: “Nein, Er agiert mir gar zu gut!”
08. Act 1.: “I komm’ glei”
09. Act 1.: “Di rigori armato il seno”
10. Act 1.: “Als Morgengabe – ganz separatim jedoch”
11. Act 1.: “Mein lieber Hippolyte”
12. Act 1.: “Da geht er hin”
13. Act 1.: “Ach, du bist wieder da!”
14. Act 1.: “Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar Ding”
15. Act 1.: “Ich hab’ ihn nicht einmal geküßt”

Also available:  Fischer: Mahler - Symphonie no.8 (24/48 FLAC)

Disc: 2
01. Act 2.: “Ein ernster Tag, ein großer Tag!”
02. Act 2.: “In dieser feierlichen Stunde der Prüfung”
03. Act 2.: “Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren”
04. Act 2.: “Ich kenn’ Ihn schon recht wohl, mon cousin!”
05. Act 2.: “Jetzt aber kommt mein Herr Zukünftiger”
06. Act 2.: “Eh bien! Nun plauder’ Sie uns eins”
07. Act 2.: “Wird Sie das Mannsbild da heiraten, ma cousine?”
08. Act 2.: “Haerr Baron von Lerchenau! – Herr Baron von Lerchenau!”
09. Act 2.: “Mord! Mord! Mein Blut! Zu Hilfe!”
10. Act 2.: “Herr Schviegersohn! Wie ist Ihm denn?”
11. Act 2.: “Blamage. Mir auseinander meine Eh’ ”
12. Act 2.: “Is gut! Is gut! Ein Schluck von was zum Trinken!”
13. Act 2.: “Da lieg’ ich! Was einem Kavalier nit all’s passieren kann”
14. Act 2.: “Ohne mich, ohne mich jeder Tag dir so bang”

Disc: 3
01. Act 3.: “Einleitung und Pantomine
02. Act 3.: “Hab’n Euer Gnaden noch wietre Befehle?”
03. Act 3.: “Nein, nein, nein, nein! I trink’ kein Wein.”
04. Act 3.: “Es is ja eh all’d eins, es is ja dh all’s eins”
05. Act 3.: “‘Da und da und da und da!”
06. Act 3.: “Halt! Keiner rührt sich! Was ist los?”
07. Act 3.: “Zur Stelle! Was wird von mir gewünscht?”
08. Act 3.: “Sind desto eher im klaren. Ich zahl’, i geh’!”
09. Act 3.: “Bin glücklich über Maßen, hab’ die Gnad’ kaum meritiert”
10. Act 3.: “Leupold, wir gehn!”
11. Act 3.: “Mein Gott, es war nicht nehr als eine Farce”
12. Act 3.: “Marie Theres!” “Hab mirs gelobt”
13. Act 3.: “Ist ein Traum, kann nicht wirklich sein”

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.

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