Strauss: Elektra - Nilsson, Bjoner, Cortez, Stewart, Callio; Sawallisch. Rome, 1971
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Birgit Nilsson was at the absolute height of her powers when she sang in this concert performance of Elektra. She had been singing the role now for six years and her interpretation had deepened since she made the famous recording with Solti and she was still in her vocal prime. She is joined by the wonderful Ingrid Bjöner as her sister. Viorica Cortez eschews the normal expressionist vocal effects and sings Klytämnestra with remarkable beauty of tone. Wolfgang Sawallisch colors the orchestra wonderfully. The sound is first rate!