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  • Performer: Birgit Nilsson, Regina Resnik, Marie Collier
  • Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Audio CD (19 Mar. 2007)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000KLRUJS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,220 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Wo bleibt Elektra?"Sir Georg Solti 6:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Allein! Weh, ganz allein."Birgit Nilsson 9:28£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Elektra!"Birgit Nilsson 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Ich kann nicht sitzen und ins Dunkel starren"Birgit Nilsson 5:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Es geht ein Lärm los."Birgit Nilsson 1:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Was willst du? Seht doch dort!"Sir Georg Solti 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Die Götter! bist doch selber eine Göttin."Birgit Nilsson 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Ich will nichts hören!"Sir Georg Solti 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Ich habe keine guten Nächte."Birgit Nilsson 6:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Wenn das rechte Blutopfer unterm Beile fällt"Birgit Nilsson 4:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Was bluten muß? Dein eigenes Genick"Birgit Nilsson 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Was sagen Sie ihr denn?"Birgit Nilsson 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Orest! Orest ist tot!"Birgit Nilsson 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Platz da! Wer lungert so vor einer Tür?"Sir Georg Solti0:55£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Nun muß es hier von uns geschehn."Birgit Nilsson 2:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Du! Du! Denn du bist stark! Wie stark du bist"Birgit Nilsson 8:06£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Nun denn, allein!"Birgit Nilsson 1:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Was willst du, fremder Mensch?"Birgit Nilsson 6:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Elektra! Elektra!"Birgit Nilsson 1:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Orest!"Birgit Nilsson10:11£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Du wirst es tun? Allein? Du armes Kind?"Birgit Nilsson 1:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Seid ihr von Sinnen"Sir Georg Solti 1:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Ich habe ihm das Beil nicht geben können!"Birgit Nilsson 1:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Es muss etwas geschehen sein"Sir Georg Solti0:56£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "He! Lichter!"Birgit Nilsson 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Elektra! Schwester!"Sir Georg Solti 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Ob ich nicht höre?"Birgit Nilsson 1:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Hörst du denn nicht"Birgit Nilsson 2:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. R. Strauss: Elektra, Op.58 - "Schweig, und tanze."Birgit Nilsson 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mondoro TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
This classic recording of Strauss' most harmonically-adventurous opera has become the benchmark agaianst which later versions can be measured. Decca assembled an ideal cast: for the two sisters, Nilsson, in her vocal prime as Elektra, obsessed in her quest to avenge the murder of her father Agamemnon, and the Australian soprano Marie Collier (whose career was tragically cut short) as the more vulnerable younger sister who does not share her sister's obsession and merely wishes for a normal life. But both must give way to Regina Resnik's chilling portrayal of the tormented Queen Klytemnestra, assailed by nightmares and dread images. John Culshaw's production of the scene between Elektra and her mother - which has so impressed Amazon reviewers of another issue of this Solti set - is one of the great moments in recorded opera. Once heard, never forgotten. Strauss' men play small parts as compared with their dominant womenfolk, but Tom Krause's Orest has his moment at the emotional high point of the opera, the recognition scene with Elektra, where Nilsson demonstrates her ability to sing softly. Aegith's role is even slighter, as befits his insignificance: the talented character tenor Stoltze has literally seconds to convey this insignificance.

Strauss was fortunate in his librettist Hugo von Hoffmansthal who produced a text that summons up the murky world of Sophocles' ancient Greece, and makes skilful use of irony to develop the characters and move the drama forward to the ultimate act of vengeance. The result is an engrossing experience, enriched by fine soloists and a good supporting cast with many leading singers from the 1960s and 70s, and Georg Solti and the VPO in top form.

A 'must' for any followers of modern opera, which stands next to that other dark jewel in the Decca/Solti/Culshaw crown, 'Salome'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark I. Lloyd on 22 Nov. 2014
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As one would expect, Birgit Nilsson is well up to the vocal challenges in the role of Elektra, she sings beautifully, with focussed silvery tone, power and stamina. Hers is a well-characterised interpretation too, for example, there's an appropriate 'gloomy' coloration at the start of Elektra's Allein monologue which turns to relentless steely determination, as the damaged Elektra once more obsessively relives the horrendous butchering of her father Agamemnon, her thoughts then turning to revenge. Marie Collier (Chrysothemis) is excellent as the sister longing for a woman's normal life, in despair at her lot. As their mother, Regina Resnik gets into the haunted, addled character of Klytaemnestra. Tom Krause is a noble Orest, Gerhard Stolze a typically distinctive Aegisthus.

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra are excellent. Georg Solti's reading is outstanding, the score's many lyrical qualities come over in addition to the tremendous doom and violence inherent in the music. Solti conjures up the tormented mental states of the characters living in the poisoned fall-out of Agamemnon's slaying, and gets plenty of orchestral detail and colour. Solti whips up tremendous swells, surges and climaxes in the orchestra, there is passion and blazing intensity in this performance. My only criticism is in Elektra's Allein monologue, where Elektra imagines her father walking in wearing a royal crown of purple fed by the gaping wound in his head, those huge chords could be louder. They are loud, but not loud enough. In my opinion.

Sound quality on this late 1960s Decca stereo studio recording is excellent. Recorded balance favours the orchestra slightly, the singers are perfectly clear. The booklet includes two essays, synopsis, libretto and translation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Valentine on 8 Sept. 2014
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This famous recording of Elektra has held its place in the catalogue, since it was first issued on LP in 1967. The recording in its latest 24 bit re-mastering is sensational. There have been some great singers of the part of Electra recorded, notably Inge Borkh and Astrid Varnay, but none seem to have ever had the sheer ease and power that was possessed by Birgit Nilsson in this taxing role. It is not however just her gleaming top notes and untiring singing that make her such a great interpreter of the part. Often it is her soft singing, her heart breaking opening monologue in which she yearns for her dead father is one of the most moving accounts of this monologue. The anxiety in her scene with Orest in which she asks him not to look at her, as she is now a shadow of her former self, shows how Nilsson could scale down her voice to a delicate whisper for what must be one of the most tender and touching scenes in all opera. I also feel that this recording captures the Nilsson voice as it was in the theatre. She is supported by a brilliant cast. Regina Resnik one of the greatest Klytamnestra's is superb. Marie Collier is a very feminine Chrysothemis. She does however have a fast vibrato that may irritate some, but her voice is so different from Nilsson's that you are never in any doubt who is singing. Tom Krause is a young sounding forthright Orest. Sir Georg Solti and The Vienna Philharmonic play as if their lives depended on it. Solti's interpretation is a far more violent and dynamic reading than say Karl Bohm, but with Decca's sonicstage recording you are drawn into the intense drama that this opera is. I have a number of recordings of Elektra but if I was cast away on that mythical desert island this is the recording I would want to take with me,(but with hopefully the wonderful Inge Borkh recording smuggled in as well) though it may cause some sleepless nights !!!
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