Korngold's expressionist masterpiece is given the full works in this reissue of what is still its finest recording. The recording was made in 1975 and the quality of the production (by Charles Gerhardt) is outstanding. You are certainly unlikely to be conscious of it's age. The casting is pretty much ideal. Carol Neblett might be considered a little too "efficient" in the role of Marietta but this suits the character's emotional brutality well and the comparative directness is what is needed dramatically. Kollo (about whom I sometimes have reservations) seems very fine in the lead role and the famous; "Gluck, das mir verblieb", is wonderful in the context of the drama. This piece is sometimes described as "Marietta's Lied" and is more often heard as a soprano party piece but it is much more satisfying in its original form as an almost-duet with the tenor. The supporting cast is marvellous too, especially Benjamin Luxon in the crucial role of Frank.
The other famously excerpted aria - Fritz's "Mein Sehnen, mein wahnen" - is given an unnecessarily glutinous performance by Hermann Prey. It's such a ravishing piece that it works best if sung straight, in my opinion. However, if you have a sweet tooth, you might like it like this.
Korngold was at the height of his fame when this opera was given simultaneous opening nights in Hamburg and Cologne on December 4th 1920. The plot is a post-Freudian expressionist nightmare but, in as fine a performance as this one, it's hard to understand why it has taken so long to re-enter the repertoire. This is the ultimate neo-romantic wallow and, as well as the sheer tunefulness, there is enough drama to make this a deeply satisfying experience. The cost of the current reissue means that you really ought to own it.