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Strauss: Elektra

Birgit Nilsson

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Decca's Elektra is a remarkable account of the opera. Recorded in 1968, produced by John Culshaw with an all-star cast, this performance captures the opera's brutality and atmosphere of nearly uninterrupted hysteria. Georg Solti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic, one of the great Strauss orchestras, in a searing reading of the frenzied score. Solti's control of the opera's waves of tension and fury makes the moment of Elektra's recognition of Orest almost unbearably triumphant, and the ending a cataclysmic summation of Elektra's passion. Birgit Nilsson fully inhabits the title role, sustaining an exhausting, obsessive level of rage. Her voice is wonderfully colorful, and she uses it to create a character of complex, conflicted motivations. Regina Resnik's singing is rich, even voluptuous, but she is stunningly monstrous and haunted as Klytämnestra. Leonie Rysanek had been scheduled to sing Chrysothemis, which would have made this an absolute dream cast, but she was forced to cancel. In her place, Marie Collier does a fine job, making Elektra's weaker sister poignantly empathetic. Tom Krause is appropriately menacing as Orest, and Gerhard Stolze makes the most of Aegisth, giving him a chilling death scene. The singers in the smaller roles are as conscientious as the principals in creating sharply etched characters. In a recording full of brilliant performances, the brilliance of the orchestral playing is never overshadowed, thanks to Solti's propulsive and nuanced leadership. London's sound is clean and vibrant, with excellent sense of dramatic presence.
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Elektra, Op. 58, TrV 223 (Richard Strauss)

1
"Wo bleibt Elektra?"
Helen Watts
00:06:18

Yvonne Minton, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Maureen Lehane, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Helen Watts, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - Pauline Tinsley, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Felicia Weathers, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jane Cook, Singer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

2
"Allein! Weh, ganz allein."
Birgit Nilsson
00:09:26

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

3
"Elektra!"
Marie Collier
00:02:23

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Marie Collier, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

4
"Ich kann nicht sitzen und ins Dunkel starren"
Marie Collier
00:05:55

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Marie Collier, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

5
"Es geht ein Lärm los."
Birgit Nilsson
00:01:46

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Marie Collier, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

6
"Was willst du? Seht doch dort!"
Regina Resnik
00:02:50

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - Regina Resnik, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

7
"Die Götter! bist doch selber eine Göttin."
Birgit Nilsson
00:02:36

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - Regina Resnik, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Margarita Lilowa, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Margarita Sjostedt, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

8
"Ich will nichts hören!"
Regina Resnik
00:04:48

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - Regina Resnik, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

9
"Ich habe keine guten Nächte."
Regina Resnik
00:06:11

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - Regina Resnik, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

10
"Wenn das rechte Blutopfer unterm Beile fällt"
Birgit Nilsson
00:04:55

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - Regina Resnik, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

11
"Was bluten muß? Dein eigenes Genick"
Birgit Nilsson
00:04:24

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - Regina Resnik, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

12
"Was sagen Sie ihr denn?"
Birgit Nilsson
00:01:59

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

13
"Orest! Orest ist tot!"
Marie Collier
00:02:54

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Marie Collier, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

14
"Platz da! Wer lungert so vor einer Tür?"
Gerhard Unger
00:00:56

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Gerhard Unger, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - Leo Heppe, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

15
"Nun muß es hier von uns geschehn."
Birgit Nilsson
00:02:02

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Marie Collier, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

16
"Du! Du! Denn du bist stark! Wie stark du bist"
Birgit Nilsson
00:08:07

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Marie Collier, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

17
"Nun denn, allein!"
Birgit Nilsson
00:01:28

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

18
"Was willst du, fremder Mensch?"
Birgit Nilsson
00:06:57

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Tom Krause, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

19
"Elektra! Elektra!"
Tom Krause
00:01:36

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Tom Krause, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

20
"Orest!"
Birgit Nilsson
00:10:11

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Tom Krause, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

21
"Du wirst es tun? Allein? Du armes Kind?"
Birgit Nilsson
00:01:36

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Tom Krause, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

22
"Seid ihr von Sinnen"
Tugomir Franc
00:01:31

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - Tugomir Franc, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

23
"Ich habe ihm das Beil nicht geben können!"
Birgit Nilsson
00:01:31

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

24
"Es muss etwas geschehen sein"
Marie Collier
00:00:58

Yvonne Minton, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Maureen Lehane, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Helen Watts, Contralto, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Wiener Staatsopernchor, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Jane Cook, Singer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Marie Collier, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

25
"He! Lichter!"
Gerhard Stolze
00:05:00

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Gerhard Stolze, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

26
"Elektra! Schwester!"
Marie Collier
00:01:50

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Wiener Staatsopernchor, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Marie Collier, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

27
"Ob ich nicht höre?"
Birgit Nilsson
00:01:23

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

28
"Hörst du denn nicht"
Marie Collier
00:02:22

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Marie Collier, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

29
"Schweig, und tanze."
Birgit Nilsson
00:03:50

JAMES BROWN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Christopher Raeburn, Producer, Recording Producer - Birgit Nilsson, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sir Georg Solti, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - John Culshaw, Producer, Recording Producer - Marie Collier, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Parry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1967 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

Decca's Elektra is a remarkable account of the opera. Recorded in 1968, produced by John Culshaw with an all-star cast, this performance captures the opera's brutality and atmosphere of nearly uninterrupted hysteria. Georg Solti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic, one of the great Strauss orchestras, in a searing reading of the frenzied score. Solti's control of the opera's waves of tension and fury makes the moment of Elektra's recognition of Orest almost unbearably triumphant, and the ending a cataclysmic summation of Elektra's passion. Birgit Nilsson fully inhabits the title role, sustaining an exhausting, obsessive level of rage. Her voice is wonderfully colorful, and she uses it to create a character of complex, conflicted motivations. Regina Resnik's singing is rich, even voluptuous, but she is stunningly monstrous and haunted as Klytämnestra. Leonie Rysanek had been scheduled to sing Chrysothemis, which would have made this an absolute dream cast, but she was forced to cancel. In her place, Marie Collier does a fine job, making Elektra's weaker sister poignantly empathetic. Tom Krause is appropriately menacing as Orest, and Gerhard Stolze makes the most of Aegisth, giving him a chilling death scene. The singers in the smaller roles are as conscientious as the principals in creating sharply etched characters. In a recording full of brilliant performances, the brilliance of the orchestral playing is never overshadowed, thanks to Solti's propulsive and nuanced leadership. London's sound is clean and vibrant, with excellent sense of dramatic presence.
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