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Richard Strauss: Elektra (Live at Philharmonie, Berlin, 2014)

Evelyn Herlitzius, Anne Schwanewilms, Waltraud Meier, René Pape, Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann

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Elektra, Op. 58  
1
"Wo bleibt Elektra?"
Richard Strauss; Rachel Willis-Sørensen; Nadine Secunde; Nadja Mchantaf; Gala El Hadidi; Christa Mayer; Constance Heller; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
6:23
2
"Allein! Weh, ganz allein."
Richard Strauss; Evelyn Herlitzius; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
9:04
3
"Elektra!"
Richard Strauss; Anne Schwanewilms; Evelyn Herlitzius; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
2:20
4
"Ich kann nicht sitzen und ins Dunkel starren"
Richard Strauss; Anne Schwanewilms; Evelyn Herlitzius; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
6:09
5
"Es geht ein Lärm los."
Richard Strauss; Evelyn Herlitzius; Anne Schwanewilms; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
1:56
6
"Was willst du? Seht doch dort!"
Richard Strauss; Waltraud Meier; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
3:07
7
"Die Götter! bist doch selber eine Göttin."
Richard Strauss; Evelyn Herlitzius; Waltraud Meier; Romy Petrick; Christiane Hossfeld; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
2:37
8
"Ich will nichts hören!"
Richard Strauss; Waltraud Meier; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
5:04
9
"Ich habe keine guten Nächte."
Richard Strauss; Evelyn Herlitzius; Waltraud Meier; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
6:24
10
"Wenn das rechte Blutopfer unterm Beile fällt"
Richard Strauss; Evelyn Herlitzius; Waltraud Meier; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
4:35
11
"Was bluten muß? Dein eigenes Genick"
Richard Strauss; Evelyn Herlitzius; Waltraud Meier; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
4:07
12
"Was sagen Sie ihr denn?"
Richard Strauss; Evelyn Herlitzius; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
0:12
13
"Orest! Orest ist tot!"
Richard Strauss; Anne Schwanewilms; Evelyn Herlitzius; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
3:17
14
"Platz da! Wer lungert so vor einer Tür?"
Richard Strauss; Simeon Esper; Matthias Henneberg; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
0:52
15
"Nun muß es hier von uns geschehn."
Richard Strauss; Evelyn Herlitzius; Anne Schwanewilms; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
1:53
16
"Du! Du! Denn du bist stark! Wie stark du bist"
Richard Strauss; Evelyn Herlitzius; Anne Schwanewilms; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
4:58
17
"Nun denn, allein!"
Richard Strauss; Evelyn Herlitzius; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
1:24
18
"Was willst du, fremder Mensch?"
Richard Strauss; Evelyn Herlitzius; René Pape; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
7:28
19
"Elektra! Elektra!"
Richard Strauss; René Pape; Evelyn Herlitzius; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
1:36
20
"Orest!"
Richard Strauss; Evelyn Herlitzius; René Pape; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
8:45
21
"Du wirst es tun? Allein? Du armes Kind?"
Richard Strauss; Evelyn Herlitzius; René Pape; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
1:30
22
"Seid ihr von Sinnen"
Richard Strauss; Peter Lobert; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
1:34
23
"Ich habe ihm das Beil nicht geben können!"
Richard Strauss; Evelyn Herlitzius; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
1:30
24
"Es muss etwas geschehen sein"
Richard Strauss; Anne Schwanewilms; Constance Heller; Gala El Hadidi; Christa Mayer; Rachel Willis-Sørensen; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
1:02
25
"He! Lichter!"
Richard Strauss; Frank van Aken; Evelyn Herlitzius; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
5:37
26
"Elektra! Schwester!"
Richard Strauss; Anne Schwanewilms; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
1:55
27
"Ob ich nicht höre?"
Richard Strauss; Evelyn Herlitzius; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
1:20
28
"Hörst du denn nicht"
Richard Strauss; Anne Schwanewilms; Evelyn Herlitzius; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
2:20
29
"Schweig, und tanze."
Richard Strauss; Evelyn Herlitzius; Anne Schwanewilms; Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
5:08
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:44:07
Grammy Nomination - Best Opera Recording, 2015

“... a must-hear for (Thielemann's) glorious Dresdeners.”
- The Sunday Times

"... the overriding impression of this recording is the sheer tonal beauty of the Dresden Staatskapelle under Thielemann: the singers often seem to surf on wave after wave of orchestral sumptuousness."
- The Guardian

Strauss's one-act opera Elektra set in ancient Greece, is the story of King Agamemnon who sacrifices his daughter before setting out to Troy to wage war. His wife grows in hatred of him and is determined to kill him upon his return. The opera, called the "bloodiest opera ever," was controversial when it premiered in Dresden back in 1909 for its violence and sexual themes. This 2014 Grammy-nominated live recording with the orchestra that first performed it, Staatskapelle Dresden, honours the history and birthplace of the opera with a dream team of performers including Evelyn Herlitzius in the title role and Anne Schwanewilms, Waltraud Meier and René Pape under the direction of conductor Christian Thielemann.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM - Deutsche Grammophon Studio Masters

Recording: Berlin, Philharmonie, 1/2014

Executive Producer: Ute Fesquet
Associate Producer: Renaud Loranger
Producer: Magdalena Herbst
Audio Producer: Arend Prohmann
Recording Engineer: Peter Hecker
Assistant Engineers: Laura Bährle, Tilo Feinermann

Publishers: Schott Music GmbH & Co. KG
Booklet Editors: Manuela Amadei, Eva Reisinger
Synopsis and English translation: (C) 1986 Decca Music Group Limited
Cover & Back Cover: shutterstock / vectorOK (axe); (C) shutterstock / T30 Gallery (painting)
Booklet Photos: Matthias Creutziger (pp. 2, 14); (C) Richard-Strauss-Institut, Garmisch-Partenkirchen (p. 5); Historisches Archiv der Staatsoper Dresden (pp. 8, 11); Illustrations(C) shutterstock / T30 Gallery (pp. 3, 15 and 36)
Design: WAPS Communication
Art Direction: Merle Kersten

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