Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos - Meier, King, Wise, Varady, Schöne, Cuberli; Sawallisch. Roma, 1976

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Pros:

  • Italian Radio organized a team comprised of a (mostly) American cast, an Italian orchestra and a German conductor for this performance of Ariadne auf Naxos.
  • In the title role, Johanna Meier brings the perfect blend of Wagnerian heft and Mozartian nuance.
  • James King's stentorian tenor was made for Strauss. He is particularly stunning, however, in the more lyrical passages like his brief aria "Du schönes Wesen!"
  • Julia Varady makes an excellent argument for why the role of the composer should be cast with a soprano, particularly during the extactic last moments of the prologue.
  • As Zerbinetta, Patricia Wise manages to nail the coloratura in her aria, as well as offer some voluptously spun vocal lines during the Zerbinetta/Composer duet at the end of the prologue.
  • A young Lella Cuberli sings the role of Echo.

Cons:

  • None to mention.

In Mono

OD 11687-2

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