Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier - Dernesch, Fassbaender, Popp, Moll, Kusche, Unger; Kleiber. München, 1977


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Carlos Kleiber is assembled with a stellar cast for this 1977 performance of Der Rosenkavalier.  Brigitte Fassbaender sings the title role with sincerity and ease.  She is paired with Lucia Popp who matches her in youthful vitality.  Helga Dernesch is poignant in her monologues but she struggles a bit when the tessitura gets high.  She would switch to mezzo a year later.   Carlos Kleiber's grasp of the score is phenomenal.  The orchestra breaths with the singers, gives them space when they need it and then envelops them.  The sound is excellent as is the performance.

OD 10115-3

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