Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten - Kupper, Bensing, Schlüter, Kronenberg, Eustrati, C. Ludwig; Zillig. Frankfurt, 1950


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  • Recorded just one year after Strauss' death and 33 years after the work's premiere, this recording offers an interesting glimpse into Strauss' mystical opera's origins.
  • Annelies Kupper's silvery soprano is perfect in the title role.
  • Heinrich Bensing burly, yet lyrical tenor, makes the Emporer's daunting music sound easy.
  • In the role of the falcon, a young Christa Ludwig gets a taste for an opera that she would one day own.
  • The sound is excellent.


  • Erna Schlüter falls short as the Dyer's wife. She just cannot cope with the tessitura of the part despite taking down many of the high notes.

In Mono

OD 11662-3

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