Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten - Rysanek, Nilsson, Kastu, Berry, Hesse; Böhm. Wien, 1977


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  • This performance of Die Frau ohne Schatten came from the same run that was recorded and later commercially released with one notable exception. James King fell ill on this particular evening and was replaced by Matti Kastu. Kastu brings a leaner, more lyrical tone than King, but still manages the role with aplomb (although, unlike King, he ducks the high note at the end of "Falke, du wiedergefundener".)
  • Leonie Rysanek's voice may have been more ethereal ten years prior to this performance, but she more than makes up for that with greater vocal abandon. It is a real shame she never attempted the Dyer's Wife.
  • The Dyer's Wife was the perfect role for Nilsson in the later part of her career. It gave her ample opportunity to unleash her gargantuan voice without making too many vocal demands with regards to tessitura.
  • Walter Berry's Barak is nothing short of definitive.


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