Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

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RELEASE DATE: 06/04/2020
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Karl Bohm`s only studio version of this work was recorded in 1958. When Deutsche Grammophon originally planned the recording, there were already two rival versions on the market: the Decca recording under Erich Kleiber and EMI`s version under Herbert von Karajan. Karajan`s recording was made in December 1956 and should have included Irmgard Seefried as Octavian and Rita Streich as Sophie but in both cases cast changes became necessary: Seefried was replaced by the young Christa Ludwig, and pregnancy forced Rita Streich to withdraw. As a result, Deutsche Grammophon was able to use both these singers for its own recording exactly two years later. It boasts a wonderful cast with the full-throated Marianne Schech as the Marschallin, Irmgard Seefried bringing a range of colour to the `trouser` role of Octavian, Rita Streich light and exquisite as Sophie and a rounded, lyrical portrait of Faninal from Fischer-Dieskau. The recording also reunited Bohm with his `old` orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, an orchestra often referred to as the `Zauberharfe` or `Magic Harp` for the fluent and airborne quality of its sound.

Der Rosenkavalier

The Marschallin: Marianne Schech
Baron Ochs of Lerchenau: Kurt Böhme
Octavian: Irmgard Seefried
Herr von Faninal: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Sophie: Rita Streich
Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Ilona Steingruber
Valzacchi: Gerhard Unger
Annina: Sieglinde Wagner
Chor der Staatsoper Dresden
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
Karl Böhm

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