Strauss 150

Strauss: Elektra

LSO0701 2SACD

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Valery Gergiev conductor

*****
‘a thrilling, often revelatory performance, alive to every intense and modernistic gesture. Valery Gergiev finds both great colour and emotional depth in the music … the London Symphony Orchestra on superb form … First-class sound and presentation’ Time Out (UK)

Recording *****
BBC Music Magazine (UK)

Clef du Mois Res Musica (France)

'Highly recommended' The Northern Echo (UK)

The one-act opera Elektra, containing one of the most demanding soprano roles in the repertoire, is based on the ancient Greek myth as retold by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The work focuses on the relationships between Elektra, Chrysothemis, and their mother Klytamnestra, and the themes of love, hate and revenge. The drama's raw emotions are exquisitely expressed in some of Strauss' finest music.

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Reviews

Clef du Mois Res Musica (France)

*****
‘a thrilling, often revelatory performance, alive to every intense and modernistic gesture. Valery Gergiev finds both great colour and emotional depth in the music … the London Symphony Orchestra on superb form … First-class sound and presentation’ Time Out (UK)

*****
'Dass Valery Gergiev mehr als andere Dirigenten aus der Strauss-Oper 'Elektra' einen musikalischen Hexenkessel machen wuerde, war vorauszusehen: Das tragische Drama mit seinen Leidenschaften, seinen Grausamkeiten und seinem ganzen Grauen ist bei ihm in kochenden Haenden. Wie kein anderer arbeitet er die Kontraste und Dissonanzen heraus und entzuendet im Orchester eine Klangexplosion von ekstatischer Gewalt.' Pizzicato (Luxembourg)

Recording
***** ‘Gergiev, with the LSO in fine form and vivid SACD sound, conveys passions and tensions with compelling, sometimes deafening power.’ BBC Music Magazine (UK)

‘The phenomenal playing and virtuosity demonstrated by the 112 players of the LSO combined with the close Barbican sound allows the listener unprecedented access to the inner workings of Strauss’s score in a fashion that would be impossible in the opera house.’
Classical CD Choice (UK)

*** ‘Une distribution vocale frisant la perfection donne à cette interprétation tout sa grandeur’ (A vocal line-up bordering on perfection gives this interpretation all its grandeur)
Valeurs Actuelles (France)

'This may well be the most perfectly played Elektra on disc' Ariama.com (USA)

‘Valery Gergiev was clearly born to conduct Elektra, and not just because of his trademark animal energy. Whatever the technical complexity behind the score, Gergiev has the LSO sailing through metre- and key-changes with almost effortless fluidity, and Strauss’s dramaturgical acumen has never seemed clearer.’ Gramophone (UK)

‘The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gergiev presents a riveting performance of Strauss’ one-act opera Elektra … Highly recommended’ The Northern Echo (UK)

‘The cast for this live concert recording is mostly compelling … the star of this release (particularly the SACD version) is Strauss's writing for a massive orchestra, with super-saturated detail and climaxes that hit a listener in the solar plexus.’ Listen (USA)

Concert Reviews


‘With the London Symphony Orchestra playing with spectacular virtuosity and total commitment, Gergiev set the temperature at boiling point from the first explosive bar, and the effect was instantly scalding ... you’d be unlikely to find a staged Elektra as well sung or played as this one was’
The Daily Telegraph (UK), concert review

‘He [Gergiev] excelled at the juddering opening paragraphs and the frenetic setpeices ... Angela Denoke’s glinting soprano etched a glowing portrait of jaded innocence out of Chrysothemis’s woes. Matthias Goerne’s Orestes had introspective gravitas ... the standout performer was the matchless Felicity Palmer’
The Times (UK), concert review

Artists

Valery Gergiev conductor
Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet Elektra
Angela Denoke Chrysothemis
Dame Felicity Palmer Klytämnestra
Matthias Goerne Orest
Ian Storey Aegisth
London Symphony Orchestra

Recording Details

James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd  balance engineer

Recorded January 2010, Barbican, London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
Includes multi-channel 5.1 and stereo mixes

Notes in English/en français/auf Deutsch

Catalogue number - LSO0701
UPC - 822231170129

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