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Classical - Released January 1, 1967 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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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. © TiVo
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Opera - Released January 1, 2015 | Myto Historical

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Classical - Released January 1, 1967 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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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. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 2016 | Orfeo

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Classical - Released April 1, 1988 | Warner Classics

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Opera - Released October 9, 2008 | Opera d'Oro

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Classical - Released January 1, 1973 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1962 | BnF Collection

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Opera - Released April 13, 2017 | G.O.P.

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Classical - Released May 4, 2018 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released September 14, 2018 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released February 4, 2008 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released April 5, 1971 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released November 18, 2016 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released July 18, 2005 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 12, 1999 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released March 4, 1974 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Classical - Released December 14, 1962 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1998 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

This first complete studio recording of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, made between 1958 and 1966, was a groundbreaking technical and artistic achievement, the most ambitious and intricately involved opera recording project of the 20th century. Produced for Decca by John Culshaw, whose vision and untiring devotion brought the gargantuan project to completion, the 14 ½-hour release set a new standard for opera recordings. The details Culshaw lavished on the production, which included building new musical instruments, precisely calculating the placement and choreography of each singer to maximize the theatricality of each scene, and creating an array of fabulous special effects resulted in a landmark recording that has lost none of its power with the passage of time. Culshaw and conductor Georg Solti assembled the most impressive Wagnerian musicians available. The Vienna Philharmonic, one of the very finest orchestras in the world, plays with a sure grasp of Wagner's style, with passionate intensity and impeccable musicianship. Solti's epic vision of the Ring glows in its details and overwhelms in its sweeping drama. A number of very fine interpretations of the Ring have been recorded since, but Solti's version remains close to the top and in a class by itself. The selections on this disc offer a taste of the each of the operas. The focus of the CD is orchestral; even though most of the excerpts, which include "Entry of the Gods into Valhalla," "The Ride of the Valkyries," "The Magic Fire Music," and "Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene," do include voices, this is not the album for listeners looking primarily for vocal highlights from The Ring. It's a terrific sample of Solti's exemplary conducting, though, and should whet listeners' appetites to hear the complete operas. © TiVo
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Classical - Released November 13, 2020 | Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd.