Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos - Bjoner, Sergi, Stratas, Geszty, Engen, Lenz; Keilberth. München, 1965

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I would say that this performance is very strong for the women. Ingrid Bjoner sings Ariadne with plummy line. Sylvia Geszty proves a wonderful foil to her and delivers her aria with spot-on accuracy and beautiful tone- a rare combination of this role. Saving the best for last is Teresa Stratas as the composer. Here career will be always linked to the Met but in her early career she sang a lot in Munich. She is ardent and sincere. You feel that she is bearing her whole soul when she sings "Musik ist eine heilige Kunst." The sound is very good.

OD 10036-2

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