Strauss: Elektra - Nilsson, Rysanek, Varnay, Lewis, Sotin; Böhm. Paris, 1975


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  • Despite being in her late 50s, Birgit Nilsson showed no sign of slowing down and delivers a powerful and unforgetable portrayal of Elektra.
  • Her efforts are bolstered by a supporting cast that manages to rise to her level of vocal power and artistry.
  • Leonie Rysanek's soaring soprano was made for the part of Chrysothemis. When her voice opens up it is nothing short of astonishing.
  • Astrid Varnay paints Hofmannsthal's text vividly, all while demostrating that she still had the vocal goods to give Klytämnestra a slight degree of sympathy.
  • Hans Sotin's meliflouos bass is well cast as Orest.
  • Previous versions of this recording were underpitch by almost a half-step. We have corrected this issue and are happy to offer this wonderful performance in the correct pitch for the first time.


  • Although the sound is generally pretty good there are some unfortunate drop-outs throughout the recording.

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OD 11707-2

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