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Opera - Verschenen op 1 maart 2019 | Orfeo

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Opera - Verschenen op 8 februari 2019 | Orfeo

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Opera - Verschenen op 11 januari 2019 | Profil

Booklet
This record is historic for more than just one reason. First and foremost, we have the piece of work which was first performed in the very same Dresden Opera House in 1938, conducted by Karl Böhm, who had practically seen the score come together before his eyes while holidaying with his friend Strauss. A second reason is that this version, recorded live on June 11th 1950 at a concert in memory of the composer who had died the year before, brings together the greatest German singers of the era such as Gudrun Wuestemann, Helena Rott and Gottlob Frick under the direction of Rudolf Kempe. Kempe was one of the great Strauss interpreters, as shown by the eloquence of this complete recording of the latter's symphonic works, also made in Dresden for Electrola/EMI in the early 1970s. But 20 years earlier, it was quite a feat to transmit and record a concert live from the RDA. Because the German factory had become Soviet property, the tape used was a rare commodity which generated a reliance on already recorded media which was often not in a good state. As for the sound quality, it was quite precarious and often over-modulated, which made for major distortions in the louder passages. Despite these many flaws, it is remarkably clear and remains perfectly listenable. This performance is full of passion as it marked one of the last nights for this admirably unified and coherent Dresden ensemble. Though less well-known than Richard Strauss’ other operas, Daphne is surely one of his best. Based on a libretto by Joseph Gregor and heavily revised by Stefan Zweig, it represents a turning point in the German composer's writing in terms of both its style and great orchestral difficulty. We should also underline the excellence of the bonus material which contains extracts from the world-first performance of 1938, accompanied by a wealth of documentation running up to nearly 90 richly-illustrated pages. © François Hudry/Qobuz

Opera - Verschenen op 8 december 2017 | New York Philharmonic

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Opera - Verschenen op 17 november 2017 | PentaTone

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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 20 oktober 2017 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica
« This magnificent 1956 recording, conducted with genius by Karajan and with a cast such as dreams are made of, has an unparalleled status and is unlikely to be challenged for many a year. » Gramophone « This remastering comes from the original analogue tapes and has been transferred at high resolution digital quality to capture the very best sound from the tapes. In consultation with the original engineer Chris Parker, we have slightly adjusted the balance of the Trio (in Act 3) to reflect the quality of sound that was desired but not achieved at the time of recording. This recording was originally made as a mono recording by Douglas Larter, with a stereo test version engineered by Chris Parker. It is this stereo test version which has been used for this remastering. Despite the early experimental nature of this new ‘stereo’ technology, this recording is captured in astonishingly vivid sound and is a testament to the experience, understanding and skill of both the musicians and engineers of the time.» Simon Gibson, Remastering Engineer at Abbey Road Studios  
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Opera - Verschenen op 20 oktober 2017 | Warner Classics

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Opera - Verschenen op 20 oktober 2017 | Delta Music Entertainment

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Opera - Verschenen op 21 juli 2017 | Profil

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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 1 maart 1962 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Opera - Verschenen op 1 juni 2016 | La discothèque idéale de Diapason

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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 1 januari 2016 | Orfeo

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Opera - Verschenen op 1 januari 2016 | Orfeo

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Opera - Verschenen op 1 januari 1900 | BnF Collection

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Opera - Verschenen op 25 maart 1961 | Cantus Classics

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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 1 februari 2015 | Myto Historical

Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 9 de Classica-Répertoire
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Volledige opera's - Verschenen op 1 februari 2015 | Myto Historical

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