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Strauss: Die Liebe der Danae Box set

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  • Orchestra: American Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leon Botstein
  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (27 Mar. 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00005AQ34
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,090 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Act One: 'Der Konig, Wo?' - Conc Chor Of New York/Gary Wedow/William Lewis
  2. Act One: Interlude - Der Goldregen - American SO/Leon Botstein
  3. Act One: 'O Gold! O Susses Gold!' - Lauren Flanigan/Lisa Saffer
  4. Act One: Interlude - 'Was Bringen Die Fursten?' - Conc Chor Of New York/Gary Wedow/William Lewis/Tam
  5. Act One: 'Leuchtet Mein Traum?' - Lauren Flanigan/Hugh Smith/Conc Chor Of New York/Gary Wedow
  6. Act One: 'Auf Goldnen Fluten Kommst Du Gezogen' - Conc Chor Of New York/Gary Wedow/Tamara Mesic/Jane

Disc: 2

  1. Act Two: 'Kranze Winden Wir Fremder Hochzeit!' - Tamara Mesic/Jane Jennings/Mary Phillips/Elisabeth
  2. Act Two: 'Der Helm Druckt Mich' - Peter Coleman Wright/Hugh Smith
  3. Act Two: Interlude - 'Hochzeitszug!' - Tamara Mesic/Jane Jennings/Mary Phillips/Elisabeth Canis
  4. Act Two: Niemand Rief Mich' - Lauren Flanigan/Hugh Smith
  5. Act Two: 'Was Tat Ich?' - Hugh Smith/Peter Coleman Wright
  6. Act Two: 'Midas-Geliebter-Bleibe Mir Hold!' - Lauren Flanigan
  7. Act Two: 'Treulose Danae! Du Hast Gewahlt!' - Peter Coleman Wright

Disc: 3

  1. Act Three: Prld - American SO/Leon Botstein
  2. Act Three: 'Geliebter! Freund!' - Lauren Flanigan/Hugh Smith
  3. Act Three: 'In Syriens Glut' - Hugh Smith
  4. Act Three: 'Als Mit Des Kleides Glanz Du Gekommen' - Lauren Flanigan/Hugh Smith
  5. Act Three: 'Du Schon Hier?' - Michael Hendrick/Peter Coleman Wright/Tamara Mesic/Jane Jennings/Mary
  6. Act Three: 'Halt! Halt! Da Ist Er!' - William Lewis/Rodne Brown/James Archie Worley/William Berges/R
  7. Act Three: 'Bluht Doch Die Welt' - Michael Hendrick
  8. Act Three: Interlude - American SO/Leon Botstein
  9. Act Three: 'Wie Umgibst Du Mich Mit Frieden' - Lauren Flanigan
  10. Act Three: 'Wer Bist Du, Fremder?' - Lauren Flanigan/Peter Coleman Wright
  11. Act Three: 'Ew'ge Pfade Trennen Sich' - Lauren Flanigan/Peter Coleman Wright
  12. Act Three: 'Nimm Denn Gold Von Mir, Von Danae' - Lauren Flanigan
  13. Act Three: 'Auch Dich Schuf Der Gott' - Peter Coleman Wright

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BBC Review

In his last and most cheerful opera on a mythological theme, Richard Strauss took up an idea by the long-dead Hofmannsthal, fusing Jupiter's many terrestrial love affairs with the legend of Midas's golden touch to tread lightly on the Ring's territory of love versus power. Taking on excess Wagnerian cargo in its central act, Strauss's Classical vessel then steers confidently to a final curtain matching Rosenkavalier for poignancy as Jupiter-Strauss takes his leave of earthly love. It is a work that many of us have loved almost to distraction since Charles Mackerras's BBC Radio 3 studio recording confirmed what Clemens Krauss first unveiled to the world at Salzburg in 1952 (happily recorded, and now a valuable historic document on CD). With the major companies still hanging fire, there have been two recent releases from unexpected sources - first Garsington, privately issuing a memento of David Fielding's bittersweet production, and now Telarc, capturing live a far more recording-friendly New York concert performance. The taxing leads rest on suitably broad shoulders here. Lauren Flanigan's vibrant Danae, with her gleaming middle register, shows little signs of customary wild pitching and emerges as a Straussian soprano of human dimensions - a good match for the imperious Jupiter of Peter Coleman-Wright, fresh from a commanding if less note-perfect Garsington debut in the role. There is a serviceable heroic-tenor Midas, a rather lacklustre quartet of Jupiter's former amours - no match for Garsington's ballroom-dancing queens - and orchestral playing to which even superb Telarc engineering can't lend godlike sheen, but which moves along flexibly under the disciplined guidance of Leon Botstein. Standing up boldly for the opera's lively humanity, this likeable newcomer has bags of personality.

Performance ****
Sound *****

© BBC Music Magazine 2001

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