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R Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten [Box set]

Giuseppe Sinopoli Audio CD
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  • Performer: Ben Heppner, Deborah Voigt, Sabine Hass, Franz Grundheber
  • Orchestra: Dresden State Opera Chorus, Staatskapelle Dresden
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (9 Aug 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Teldec
  • ASIN: B000000S90
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 1 "Licht überm See" [Nurse, Spirit Messenger]Giuseppe Sinopoli 5:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 1 "Amme! Wachst Du?" [Emperor, Nurse]Giuseppe Sinopoli 5:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 1 "Ist mein Liebster dahin" [Empress, Nurse]Giuseppe Sinopoli 3:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 1 "Wie soll ich denn nicht weinen?" [Voice of the Falcon, Empress, Nurse]Giuseppe Sinopoli 2:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 1 "Amme, um alles, wo find ich den Schatten?" [Empress, Nurse]Giuseppe Sinopoli 5:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 1 Verwandlung - ErdenflugGiuseppe Sinopoli 1:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 1 "Dieb! Da nimm!" [Dyer's Brothers, Dyer's Wife, Barak]Giuseppe Sinopoli 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 1 "Sie aus dem Hause" [Dyer's Wife, Barak]Giuseppe Sinopoli 8:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 1 "Dritthalb Jahr bin ich dein Weib" [Dyer's Wife, Barak]Giuseppe Sinopoli 5:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 1 "Was wollt ihr hier?" [Dyer's Wife, Nurse, Empress]Giuseppe Sinopoli 6:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 1 "Ach Herrin, süsse Herrin!" [Servants, Empress, Apparition of a Young Man, Dyer's Wife]Giuseppe Sinopoli 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 1 "Hat es dich blutige Tränen gekostet" [Nurse, Dyer's Wife]Giuseppe Sinopoli 6:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 1 "Mutter, Mutter, lass uns nach Hause!" [Children's voices, Dyer's Wife]Giuseppe Sinopoli 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 1 "Trag' ich die Ware selber zum Markt" [Barak, Dyer's Wife]Giuseppe Sinopoli 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 1 "Ihr Gatten in den Häusern dieser Stadt" [Voices of the Three Nightwatchmen, Barak]Giuseppe Sinopoli 5:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 2 "Komm bald wieder nach Haus, mein Gebieter" [Nurse, Dyer's Wife, Empress, Chorus]Giuseppe Sinopoli 4:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 2 "Was ist nun deine Rede, du Prinzessin?" [Barak, Dyer's Brothers, Dyer's Wife, Chorus]Giuseppe Sinopoli 4:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 2 VerwandlungGiuseppe Sinopoli0:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 2 "Falke, Falke, du wiedergefundener" [Emperor]Giuseppe Sinopoli13:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 2 "Es gibt derer, die haben immer Zeit" [Dyer's Wife, Barak, Nurse]Giuseppe Sinopoli 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 2 "Schlange, was hab' ich mit dir zu schaffen!" [Dyer's Wife, Apparition of a Young Man, Nurse, Barak]Giuseppe Sinopoli 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 2 "Ein Handwerk verstehst du sicher nicht" [Dyer's Wife, Barak]Giuseppe Sinopoli 5:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 2 "Ich mein Gebieter" Verwandlung [Empress]Giuseppe Sinopoli 5:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 2 "Zum Lebenswasser!" [Chorus, Voice of the Falcon]Giuseppe Sinopoli 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 2 "Wehe, mein Mann!" [Empress]Giuseppe Sinopoli 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 2 "Es dunkelt, dass ich nicht sehe zur Arbeit" [Barak, Dyer's Brothers, Nurse, Empress, Dyer's Wife]Giuseppe Sinopoli 1:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 2 "Es gibt derer, die bleiben immer gelassen" [Dyer's Wife, Barak]Giuseppe Sinopoli 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 2 "Sie wirft keinen Schatten" [Dyer's Brothers, Nurse, Barak, Empress]Giuseppe Sinopoli 1:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 2 "Barak! Ich hab' es nicht getan!" [Dyer's Wife, Dyer's Brothers, Nurse]Giuseppe Sinopoli 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 3 "Schweigt doch, ihr Stimmen!" [Dyer's Wife]Giuseppe Sinopoli 8:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 3 "Mir anvertraut" [Barak, Dyer's Wife]Giuseppe Sinopoli 3:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 3 "Auf, geh nach oben, Mann" [A voice from above, Dyer's Wife, Chorus, Spirit Messenger]Giuseppe Sinopoli 5:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 3 "Fort von hier!" [Nurse, Empress]Giuseppe Sinopoli 6:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 3 "Aus unseren Taten steigt ein Gericht!" [Empress]Giuseppe Sinopoli 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 3 "Wehe, mein Kind" [Nurse, Chorus, Spirit Messenger, Dyer's Wife's voice, Barak's voice]Giuseppe Sinopoli 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen36. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 3 VerwandlungGiuseppe Sinopoli 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen37. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 3 "Vater, bist du's?" [Empress, Temple Guardian, Dyer's Wife's voice, Barak's voice]Giuseppe Sinopoli 8:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen38. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 3 "Mein Liebster starr!" [Empress, Chorus, Temple Guardian, Dyer's Wife's voice, Barak's voice]Giuseppe Sinopoli 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen39. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 3 "Wenn das Herz aus Kristall" [Emperor, Voices of the unborn children, Empress]Giuseppe Sinopoli 5:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen40. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 3 VerwandlungGiuseppe Sinopoli 1:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen41. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 3 "Trifft mich sein Leben nicht" [Dyer's Wife, Barak, Voices of the unborn children]Giuseppe Sinopoli 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen42. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 3 "Nun will ich jubeln" [Barak, Emperor, Voices of the unborn children, Empress, Dyer's Wife]Giuseppe Sinopoli 4:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen43. Strauss : Die Frau ohne Schatten : Act 3 "Vater, dir drohet nichts" [Voices of the unborn children]Giuseppe Sinopoli 2:12£0.79  Buy MP3 


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic performance - shame about the cuts 13 July 2006
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
No other recording - not even Solti's - lifts off the way Sinopoli's does in that stunning quartet which concludes this opera ; he controls the huge orchestral forces and intricate vocal lines to engineer the most heart-wrenching climax before the ethereal voices of the unborn children send us off to bed, amazed and delighted. So it's a thousand pities that Sinopoli permitted so many damaging cuts - not least the beautiful 'cello solo at the beginning of the scene early in Act Two just before the Emperor sees the Empress and Nurse returning from the World of Men; surely they could have been recorded and spliced in afterwards? My respect for Sabine Hass, who succumbed to cancer not long ago, does not prevent me from observing that while she conveys great intensity in her performance it is also too often a strident pain in the ears. Grundheber is gruff compared with the mellifluous Van Dam in the Solti, though that suits the character; Voigt and Heppner, however, are in unbeatable voice: powerful, lyrical and true; as good as, if not better than, their counterparts in the Solti, Varady and Domingo. Voigt is especially moving in the statue scene -again, horribly pruned but still very effective. I have four recordings of this masterpiece: Karajan 1964 Salzburg set, the Solti, the Bohm on "Opera d'Oro" (in indifferent sound but it enshrines some wonderful performances) and this one - and I wouldn't want to be without any of them, especially the Sinopoli if only for that last scene.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly sung and conducted but 26 Oct 2001
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unfortunately cut. Not seriously maimed, but given the superior performance, excellently recorded live at the Dresden State Opera, it would have been great to have had the full score. If you are interested in this complex multi-layered allegorical work, Strauss' most ambitious creation, hearing this recording is a must. But you will also need to investigate one of the complete CDs conducted by Sawallisch and Solti to get the whole story.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The other reviewers here have pointed out the musical flaws in the well-recorded performance, but this beautifully-packaged 3-CD set deserves your attention if you are into early twentieth-century music.

A lot of allegory is incorporated into the libretto, replete with arcane symbolism to do with love and sex. The "shadow" is fertility, something sought by the fairy empress. She tries to steal a "shadow" from an unhappy mortal woman. She can't do this, but her kindness eventually rewards her with her own "shadow".

Got that? Took me a while, I can tell you!

The bottom line is that this opera contains some of Strauss' best music and, as you get a fine libretto in the CD set, you can make your own mind up about the story.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sinopoli Surprise 4 Dec 1999
By Daniel Mitrano - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't always been a Sinopoli fan, but I must say, he's refreshing and altogether arresting in Strauss. It all just sounds right. He finds the balances, motifs, and intstrumental details with amazing clarity. Heppner is an ideal Emperor: clean musical lines, power, interpretation, and the high notes to pull off the role are all at his disposal. Voigt has the right voice and feeling for Strauss and his Empress, but doesn't interpret as dramatically as Varady for Solti or Rysanek for Bohm. As the Dyer's Wife, Hass fills the role's vocal requirements, a true Wagnerian-dramatic-soprano, which is no small feat in itself. Grundheber does the same as her husband, but neither are ideal as Hass sometimes borders on unsteadiness which threatens to derail her voice and Grundheber rather gruff demeanor and fuzzy tone can't bring to life the character convincingly. Chorus, orchestra, and the supporting roles play and sing superbly and the sound is surprisingly clean and full-ranged. Annoyingly, there are stage cuts but unexplainably so since all of the leading singers could have sustained their parts uncut. It rivals Solti in Strauss style but not in completeness or scale. I prefer Sinopoli anyway.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic performance - shame about the cuts 13 July 2006
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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No other recording - not even Solti's - lifts off the way Sinopoli's does in that stunning quartet which concludes this opera ; he controls the huge orchestral forces and intricate vocal lines to engineer the most heart-wrenching climax before the ethereal voices of the unborn children send us off to bed, amazed and delighted. So it's a thousand pities that Sinopoli permitted so many damaging cuts - not least the beautiful 'cello solo at the beginning of the scene early in Act Two just before the Emperor sees the Empress and Nurse returning from the World of Men; surely they could have been recorded and spliced in afterwards? My respect for Sabine Hass, who succumbed to cancer not long ago, does not prevent me from observing that while she conveys great intensity in her performance it is also too often a strident pain in the ears. Grundheber is gruff compared with the mellifluous Van Dam in the Solti, though that suits the character; Voigt and Heppner, however, are in unbeatable voice: powerful, lyrical and true; as good as, if not better than, their counterparts in the Solti, Varady and Domingo. Voigt is especially moving in the statue scene -again, horribly pruned but still very effective. I have four recordings of this masterpiece: Karajan 1964 Salzburg set, the Solti, the Bohm on "Opera d'Oro" (in indifferent sound but it enshrines some wonderful performances) and this one - and I wouldn't want to be without any of them, especially the Sinopoli if only for that last scene.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A strange recording. 28 Oct 2011
By bobcat - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording reminds me of those architectural structures where no expense was spared in every aspect of the design and production of the structure. That is, right up to the point where they ran out of money and tried to do sad patch job to finish or fix it without acheiving satisfying results. Both stunning and sad.

This recording appears to have just such contradictions. Conducting that is both exceptional and at times oddly slowed down as if to fill a time slot rather than playing all of the music. Of all of Strauss' opera's this is my favorite and I've attended every performance that I could possibly get to. It seems that the most popular recording is the Solti. While several others come higher on other lists, I've noticed that the Solti is most frequently rated 'best'. This is not without cause. I have three favorite recordings of this. Sawallisch conducting the Symphonieorchester Bayerischen Rundfunks with Cheryl Studer, René Kollo et al. is my favorite for several reasons. For one, it's the only truly complete recording I know of and also it's orchestrally accurate in using an actual glass harmonica, which Sinopoli does, in fact, use as well for the appearance of the shadow rather than a vibraphone or some other substitution. The first recording I'd ever hear was the Christal Goltz recording with Bohm at the helm. Flawed but dear to me for simply being the first I heard (and therefor 3rd place.) Solti comes in second with probably the best overall vocal performances but the orchestra which is rich and big and precise, still lacks the detail of Symphonieorchester Bayerischen Rundfunks under Sawallisch, particularly in the numerous lightly orchestrated sections though-out the work. I should point out that this opera (not this recording) is one of my favorites in all of the opera canon so my familiarity with it is extensive.

Sinopoli often audibly hums along. Not painful or truly destructive, it just occasionally sounds distracting, and originally, I thought there was something wrong with the recording. The places where Sinopoli slows the pace almost painfully is really annoying. The reveal of the Kaiser turned to stone should build tension rather than make you feel like saying "Good Lord, just get on with it!" The cuts throughout are at times the ones one expects in live performances, but really shouldn't have been done with a recording like this. A personal favorite moment of mine is the 2nd act "O Tag des Glucks" ensemble and that is often cut as, sadly, it is here. The cuts towards the end are really unnecessary. Perhaps there was a gun to Sinopoli's head. Perhaps someone at Teldec said "If he keeps up this pace we're going to have to make this a 4 disc set." Voigt performed this differently when I saw her, so I don't know if she changed her performance dramatically for Sinopoli or grew into it. Musically, she's great as is most of the ensemble, but the vocal acting leaves something to be desired. Heppner is just as good as I hoped he'd be.

This is a recording that I will listen to occasionally, because each time I listen to it, I get my hopes up because of a beautiful moment only to have them dashed a moment later.

One last note about the cuts. There I times when the cuts are so poorly chosen, it almost sounds as if the cut was done in the editing room and not by the orchestra. They are that musically jarring at times.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Voigt and Heppner make this one of the best! 27 April 2000
By James Walters - Published on Amazon.com
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Voigt and Heppner shine here as the Emperor and his wife. In fact the whole cast is magnificent, with the exception of Sabine Hass, who is shrill, and has intonation problems. Voigt is georgeous in this opera, her voice is absolutely perfect for the role. Heppner as well makes an incredible Emperor.
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magical 28 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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At last a recording of this opera that is not shrill. The balance and modulation of this recording makes it the magical experience it is intended to be.
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