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  • Performer: Lisa della Casa, Hilde Gueden, George London, Otto Edelmann
  • Orchestra: Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (16 Nov. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000024367
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,392 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Die Karten fallen besser als das letzte Mal - Judith Hellwig, Ira Malaniuk, Hilde Gueden, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
2. Sie wollen alle Geld! - Hilde Gueden, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
3. Matteo! - Hilde Gueden, Anton Dermota, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
4. Ich danke, Fräulein - Lisa della Casa, Hilde Gueden, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
5. Er ist der Richtige nicht für mich! - Lisa della Casa, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
6. Aber der Richtige, wenn's einen gibt für mich - Lisa della Casa, Hilde Gueden, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
7. Das ist der Schlitten vom Elemer - Hilde Gueden, Lisa della Casa, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
8. So triumphierend treten Sie herein? - Lisa della Casa, Waldemar Kmentt, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
9. Laßt uns allein, meine Kinder - Ira Malaniuk, Otto Edelmann, Karl Kolowratnik, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
10. Mandryka! - Otto Edelmann, Karl Kolowratnik, George London, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Sind Sie allein? - Mimi Coertse, Ira Malaniuk, Otto Edelmann, Anton Dermota, Hilde Gueden, George London, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
2. Und jetzt sag ich Adieu - Lisa della Casa, Eberhard Wächter, Waldemar Kmentt, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
3. O Arabella, gibt es was Schöneres - Harald Pröglhöf, Lisa della Casa, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
4. Ein Feigling bin ich - Anton Dermota, Hilde Gueden, George London, Wilhelm Lenninger, Fritz Sengl, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
5. Und wenn hier viele Arabella heissen - Eberhard Wächter, George London, Ira Malaniuk, Mimi Coertse, Waldemar Kmentt, Otto Vajda, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
6. Ging durch einen Wald - George London, Mimi Coertse, Otto Edelmann, Ira Malaniuk, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
7. Einleitung ... Über seine Felder - Lisa della Casa, Anton Dermota, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
8. Sie hier? So muss ich fragen, Arabella - Anton Dermota, Lisa della Casa, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
9. Welch ein erregtes Tête-à-tête - Ira Malaniuk, Lisa della Casa, George London, Wilhelm Lenninger, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
10. Papa, so schau mir ins Gesicht! - Lisa della Casa, Otto Edelmann, George London, Ira Malaniuk, Anton Dermota, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
Some people don't like Solti, it seems, on the grounds of ruthlessness; others may call it vigour and find it exciting. If you do like him, then this is a 5-star performance. Not only do you get Lisa della Casa, you get her with the marvellous Hilde Gueden. As a result, the great Act 1 duet is an object lesson in Viennese ensemble singing. If you ever wondered what rubato meant, now's your chance to find out, and hear it perfectly controlled by singers used to singing together, totally on top of their roles, with supreme Viennese style.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By perry.rj@virgin.net on 26 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
Lisa della Casa was the reigning Arabella of the post war era. Peaches and cream has been the often quoted description of her voice, and indeed no other is necessary - it is an exquisite instrument. Della Casa takes Arabella far beyond peaches and cream though, with a touch of mettle in a multi-faceted and definitive performance. She is well matched throughout, with Hilde Gueden a credible Zdenka, and George London a charismatic Mandryka. The rest of the sizeable cast were all Vienna stalwarts of the day, and this opera is in their blood. South African diva Mimi Coertse makes an appearance as a raucous Fiakermilli, one of the rare commercial recordings available of her. Solti drives the orchestra too much in places, but manages to find the requisite "schwung" where it's needed. A classic set, unsurpassed, and in surprisingly good sound.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 Dec. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I usually like to bring into my reviews some element of comparison with other recordings but have to admit that in this case I have remained satisfied with this vintage classic despite its now being over fifty-five years old at the time of reviewing. The only other recording which competes is that of excerpts from this opera in the lovely "Strauss Heroines" recital by Renée Fleming, Susan Graham and Barbara Bonney (se my review Renée Fleming - Strauss Heroines).

I am prompted to relisten and review by the passing of the great Lisa della Casa on 10th December, aged 93. She is here 38 years old and in her prime, her silvery, fluid voice soaring over the orchestra and only rarely compromised by a certain lack of body in her middle voice or lower register. She is partnered by a cast close to ideal, featuring stalwarts on the Viennese scene in the 50's; I cannot imagine being able to assemble such an array of "house" talent today. Hilde Gueden always excelled in Strauss (c.f. her live Salzburg Festival "Daphne" under Böhm): impetuous, impassioned and secure of intonation even in the high reaches of the travestito role of Zdenka. South African Grande Dame Mimi Coertse has fun and copes admirably with the absurd yodelling coloratura of "Die Fiakermilli" (cabwoman). Ira Malaniuk is expressive and rich-voiced as the harassed mother and Otto Edelmann equally characterful and firm of voice as the impecunious father desperate to marry off the beautiful Arabella into money. An array of tenors and baritones who were stars in their own right are her suitors; the sticking point for some comes with George London's big Russian Bear of a bass-baritone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. DAVID Geer on 31 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
The original and much loved recording! For years this was the recording to have, and for many years the only one available! However good as it is, it has been surpassed by the Deutsche Grammophon Keilberth discs also with Della Casa. If you can't get this 1963 live DG set then this is almost as good. See the other reviewers but be aware that London is bettered on DG by Fischer-Dieskau and that Keilberth is a much more lyrical conductor. The Zdenka are both excellent, Gulden perhaps never sounded better than here! Now my second choice - legendary Decca sound of course!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By p.j.campbell@livjm.ac.uk on 14 Mar. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Having heard excerpts from the opera on another CD, and having been mesmerised by the beauty of Lisa della Casa's voice, I decided to buy this recording (I bought it from HMV and paid £30 for it ... so buy it from Amazon instead!). The recording quality is amazingly good, considering it was recorded in the 50's; but Solti's conducting is cold-blooded and mechanical. The supporting roles are well-sung, with the exception of George London's colourless and uninspired Mandryka. The real reason for buying this CD is because it immortalises Lisa della Casa's celebrated Arabella. Her creamy, soaring soprano, with its unmistakeable timbre is at its finest here. What a pity her Mandryka was not equal to her.
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