R. Strauss: Elektra / Pape, Meier, Herlitzius

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Label: DG
Catalog: 4793387
Format: CD

Evelyn Herlitzius (Elektra), Anne Schwanewilms (Chrysothemis), Waltraud Meier (Klytaemnestra), René Pape (Orest), Bonita Hyman (Erste Magd), Andrea Hill (Zweite Magd), Silvia Hablowetz (Dritte Magd), Marie-Eve Munger (Vierte Magd), Roberta Alexander (Fünfte Magd) Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann

In the Strauss anniversary year, this is Deutsche Grammophon’s new key audio release: a truly electrifying once in a lifetime performance of Strauss’ Elektra with the Staatskapelle Dresden. The recording features today’s dream cast for Elektra: Evelyn Herlitzius, Anne Schwanewilms, Waltraud Meier and René Pape, all under the expert baton of Strauss master Christian Thielemann This is a historic release since the opera was premiered in Dresden in 1909, with the Staatskapelle – and the orchestra recorded it only once before (in 1960: also for DG with Karl Böhm).

Price: $46.98