R.strauss: Elektra (varnay, Rysanek, Kraus)

Album cover art for upc 845221050089
Catalog: C5008
Format: CD

This memorable performance of Elektra, one of the best on CD, was issued on several labels, only one, on Capriccio, is currently available—and it is budget price, obviously the one to have. This German Cologne radio…features Astrid Varnay, Leonie Rysanek and Res Fischer, a terrific trio. Varnay… is magnificent, fearless on those high notes, with Rysanek early in her career in what was to become a signature role…Richard Krauss is not Solti or Reiner; there are few orchestral fireworks, but he is in firm control, and provides an effective pause after the second death cry of Klytämnestra. The mono sound is well-balanced and clear, excellent for its time. This is one of the best Elektras on CD. © 2012 ClassicalCDReview.com