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Strauss: Daphne (Home Of Opera) [Box set]

Strauss: Daphne (Home Of Opera) , Richard Strauss , Bernard Haitink , Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (10 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B005HYNCR2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Kleonstes! Adrast! (1. und 2.Schäfer) - Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink
2. Leb wohl, du Tag! ... O bleib geliebter Tag (Chor des Schäfer/Daphne) - Lucia Popp/Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink
3. Leukippos du? ... Ja ich selbst, ich war der Baum (Daphne/Leukippos) - Lucia Popp/Peter Schreier/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink
4. Daphne! Mutter! Wir warten dein (Gaea/Daphne) - Lucia Popp/Ortrun Wenkel/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink
5. Ei, so flieget, sie vorbei ... Höre und Schäfer (1. und 2.Magd/Leukippos) - Peter Schreier/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink
6. Wisset, ich sah ihn, Phoibos Apollon (Peneois/Gaea/Chor des Schäfer) - Ortrun Wenkel/Kurt Moll/Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink
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Disc: 2
1. Dieser Küß, dies Umarmen, du nanntest dich: Bruder (Daphne/Apollo/Chor) - Lucia Popp/Reiner Goldberg/Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink
2. Allüberall blüht Dionysos (Peneios/Chor) - Kurt Moll/Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink
3. Rundtanz (Allegretto) ... O selge Dämonen! (Orchester/Chor) - Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink
4. Trinke, du Tochter! (Gaea/1. und 2.Magd/Daphne/1. und 3.Schäfer/Chor) - Lucia Popp/Ortrun Wenkel/Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink
5. Furchtbare Schmach dem Gotte! ... Was sagt der da? ... Ein Zeichen wollt ihr? (Apollo/Chor/1-4.Schäfer/1. und2.Magd/Peneios/Gaea) - Reiner Goldberg/Ortrun Wenkel/Kurt Moll/Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink
6. Zu dir nun, Knabe! ... Ja, ich bekenne (Apollo/Leukippos/Daphne) - Lucia Popp/Reiner Goldberg/Peter Schreier/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink
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Disc: 3
1. Libretto - Lucia Popp/Reiner Goldberg/Ortrun Wenkel/Kurt Moll/Peter Schreier/Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink
2. Synopsis - Lucia Popp/Reiner Goldberg/Ortrun Wenkel/Kurt Moll/Peter Schreier/Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernard Haitink

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucia Popp, supreme Daphne 11 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
Glad to see this beautiful opera set widely available again (even if I did have to pay four times as much for my set last year)!
But this recording is worth whatever I had to pay as it stands above any other recording of Daphne that's out there. The main reason is the exquisite singing of Lucia Popp. Her performance is unsurpassed by any other recorded Daphne -- Renee Fleming and all. The sheer beauty and agility of Popp's lyric soprano voice is reason enough to buy this recording, but the deeply felt emotion and acting skill that this lovely woman possessed enhances her interpretation of this great Strauss role even further. Just listen to her closing scene qnd imagine how Richard Strauss would feel if he had been able to hear such a voice sing his wonderful music. This set is brilliantly conducted by Haitink who also gets great performances out of his orchestra and the other singers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The lovely Lucia Popp triumphs 30 Dec 2013
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
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"Daphne" is a product of Strauss's last creative phase, in which he eschewed the lush excesses of earlier operas and sought a sparer, more chamber-like orchestral texture with a simpler, more classical theme. I have always favoured the recording of the live 1964 Salzburg performance under Karl Böhm, especially for the transparency of the playing, the brilliance of Austrian soprano Hilde Güden's Daphne and the presence of two superb tenors in James King and Fritz Wunderlich - but the sound is hardly pleasing by modern standards and we needed a new recording. That should have been forthcoming in Semyon Bychkov's recording for Decca but that proved rather dull and too obviously a vehicle for a star soprano in a role which somehow did not really suit her enormous gifts; this 1982 EMI set was far more promising.

It has three great advantages: first, the complete aptness of Lucia Popp's silvery voice to the lead role; despite the occasional "squeezing" effect in her vocal production, she is otherwise ideal. The great Transformation Scene is a tour de force of word-painting and exquisite vocalism. Secondly, the contribution of the Bayerischen Rundfunks under Haitink; the delicacy and subtlety of the score suit his temperament and the gentle beauty of the pastoral introduction sets the tone for the whole account. He is also, however, able to give the right weight to dramatic moments such as Leukippos's death without over-doing it. He treats the whole opera as one, extended symphonic tone poem, always sustaining the requisite lyricism. Thirdly, the sound, despite being early digital, is warm, detailed and spacious.

Additional advantages are in the supporting cast: a noble-voiced First Shepherd and the excellent Ortrun Wenkel and Kurt Moll as the elders.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Snatch this one up while you can 4 Mar 2012
By Scott Tisdel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This sublime recording has been out of print for years, so it should thrill opera lovers everywhere that is has reappeared, at a very reasonable price! Lucia Popp is absolutely perfect in the title role, with a light silvery tone conveying the characters innocence, yet with enough heft to soar over the orchestra in the score's heavier moments. Though she has stiff recorded competition (Fleming, Gueden, Anderson), her performance still stands above them all. Reiner Goldberg has some strained moments in the brutally difficult role of Apollo, but it is nevertheless a fine performance, conveying the majesty and passion of this pivotal character. He is far better than Botha (Fleming CD) or MacAllister (Anderson DVD) - Only James King on the Böhm recording has him beat.

Other roles are similarly excellent - Peter Schreier makes a touching Leukippos, Ortun Wenkel has the contralto pipes for Gaea, and the booming voice of Kurt Moll (Peneios) makes one wish that he had more to sing! Holding it all together in a sumptuous and beautifully nuanced reading is Bernard Haitink, with superb work from Bavarian Radio Orchestra. This is an extremely difficult score for the orchestra (even by Strauss' usual standards), and the Bavarian Radio makes it sound like Mozart. (And, it is an uncut performance, unlike the Böhm recording.)

Daphne has never been as popular or as highly regarded as some of Strauss' other operas, but, at least on this recording, it emerges as a masterpiece, chock-full of great melody and stunning orchestration, couched in a "pastoral" style that I find unique in Strauss output. It ends with the famous "Daphne's Verwandlung", but there are many glorious passages: There is Daphne's opening apostrophe to nature, her extremely moving eulogy to Leukippos, Apollo's Tannhauser-ish "Immer umkreist des Lichtes Wagen" and glorious final aria, the Daphne/Apollo "love scene", almost Tristan-like in intensity (but not length!), the stunning Apollo/Leukippos conflict, wonderful "mini arias" from Leukippos, Penios, and Gaea-- In it's short 2 hours there is not a hint of "note-spinning".

So, snatch this one up - You won't find a better performance anywhere, and who knows how long it will be around before it is "out of print" again? Buy it - You won't be disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The lovely Lucia Popp triumphs 30 Dec 2013
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Daphne" is a product of Strauss's last creative phase, in which he eschewed the lush excesses of earlier operas and sought a sparer, more chamber-like orchestral texture with a simpler, more classical theme. I have always favoured the recording of the live 1964 Salzburg performance under Karl Böhm, especially for the transparency of the playing, the brilliance of Austrian soprano Hilde Güden's Daphne and the presence of two superb tenors in James King and Fritz Wunderlich - but the sound is hardly pleasing by modern standards and we needed a new recording. That should have been forthcoming in Semyon Bychkov's recording for Decca but that proved rather dull and too obviously a vehicle for a star soprano in a role which somehow did not really suit her enormous gifts; this 1982 EMI set was far more promising.

It has three great advantages: first, the complete aptness of Lucia Popp's silvery voice to the lead role; despite the occasional "squeezing" effect in her vocal production, she is otherwise ideal. The great Transformation Scene is a tour de force of word-painting and exquisite vocalism. Secondly, the contribution of the Bayerischen Rundfunks under Haitink; the delicacy and subtlety of the score suit his temperament and the gentle beauty of the pastoral introduction sets the tone for the whole account. He is also, however, able to give the right weight to dramatic moments such as Leukippos's death without over-doing it. He treats the whole opera as one, extended symphonic tone poem, always sustaining the requisite lyricism. Thirdly, the sound, despite being early digital, is warm, detailed and spacious.

Additional advantages are in the supporting cast: a noble-voiced First Shepherd and the excellent Ortrun Wenkel and Kurt Moll as the elders.

Less recommendable are the Leukippos and the Apollo. Peter Schreier always sounds the same and his rather strained, piercing tenor is not especially apt for portraying the ardent young suitor as Wunderlich so winningly depicts him. Nor are Reiner Goldberg's slightly pinched tones very heroic - or indeed godlike - but he is adequate as Apollo.

Hence, despite my admiration for Popp and Haitink, I deduct one star - if the Amazon rating system allowed it, it would be a half - to indicate my reservations concerning the two tenor leads. Otherwise, this is the modern recording to buy.
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