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Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten [Original recording reissued]

Richard Strauss , Georg Solti , Wiener Philharmoniker , Julia Varady , Plácido Domingo , Hildegard Behrens , José van Dam , Sumi Jo , Reinhild Runkel , Gerhard Eder Audio CD
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listen  1. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 1 - "Licht über'm See"Sir Georg Solti 5:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 1 - "Amme, wachst du?"Sir Georg Solti 5:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 1 - "Ist mein Liebster dahin?"Sir Georg Solti 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 1 - "Wie soll ich denn nicht weinen?"Sir Georg Solti 2:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 1 - "Amme, um alles, wo find' ich dein Schatten"Sir Georg Solti 6:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 1 - ErdenflugSir Georg Solti 1:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 1 - "Dieb! Da nimm!"Hildegard Behrens 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 1 - "Sie aus dem Hause"Hildegard Behrens 8:08Album Only
listen  9. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 1 - "Dritthalb Jahr bin ich dein Weib"Hildegard Behrens 5:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 1 - "Was wollt' ich hier?"Hildegard Behrens 6:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 1 - "Ach, Herrin, süße Herrin!"Sir Georg Solti 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 1 - "Hat es dich blutige Tränen gekostet"Hildegard Behrens 5:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 1 - "Mutter, Mutter, laß uns nach Hause!"Hildegard Behrens 2:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 1 - "Trag ich die Ware selber zu Markt"Hildegard Behrens 1:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 1 - "Sie haben es mir gesagt"Sir Georg Solti 5:52$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 2 - "Komm bald wieder nach Haus, mein Gebieter"Sir Georg Solti 6:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 2 - "Was ist nun deine Rede"Hildegard Behrens 6:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 2 - Orchesterzwischenspiel (Orchestral Interlude)Sir Georg Solti 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 / Act 2 - "Falke, Falke, du Wiedergefundener"Sir Georg Solti 4:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 2 - "Stille, o weh, Falke, o weh!"Sir Georg Solti 4:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 2 - "Es gibt derer, die haben immer Zeit"Hildegard Behrens 4:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 2 - "Schlange, was hab ich"Hildegard Behrens 4:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 2 - "Ein Handwerk wehrtest du sicher nicht"Hildegard Behrens 5:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 2 - "Wer da?"Sir Georg Solti 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 2 - "Sieh - Amme - sieh"Sir Georg Solti 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 2 - "Zum Lebenswasser!"Sir Georg Solti 2:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 2 - "Wehe, mein Mann!"Sir Georg Solti 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 2 - "Es dunkelt, daß ich nicht sehe zur Arbeit"Hildegard Behrens 2:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 2 - "Es gibt derer"Hildegard Behrens 4:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 2 - "Das Weib ist irre"Hans Franzen 1:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 2 - "Barak, ich hab' es nicht getan!"Hans Franzen 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 3 - "Schweigt doch, ihr Stimmen!"Hildegard Behrens 7:11Album Only
listen  2. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 3 - "Mir anvertraut"Hildegard Behrens 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 3 - "Auf, geh nach oben, Mann"Elzbieta Ardam 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 3 - "Sie kommen!"Sir Georg Solti 5:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 3 - "Fort mit uns!"Sir Georg Solti 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 3 - "Aus unsern Taten steigt ein Gericht"Sir Georg Solti 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 3 - "Was Menschen bedürfen"Hildegard Behrens 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 3 - "Keikobad! Deine Dienerin"Hildegard Behrens 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 3 - "Weh uns Armen!"Hildegard Behrens 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 3 - "Vater, bist du's?"Sir Georg Solti 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 3 - "Goldenen Trank"Hildegard Behrens 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 3 - "Ach! Weh mir! Mein Liebster starr!"Hildegard Behrens 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 3 - "Wenn das Herz aus Kristall"Sir Georg Solti 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 3 - "Sind das die Cherubim"Sir Georg Solti 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 3 - "Engel sind's, die von sich sagen"Sir Georg Solti 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 3 - "Trifft mich sein Lieben nicht"Hildegard Behrens 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 / Act 3 - "Nun will ich jubeln"Hildegard Behrens 4:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op.65 - Act 3 - "Vater, dir drohet michts"Sir Georg Solti 2:14$1.29  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Julia Varady, Plácido Domingo, Hildegard Behrens, José van Dam, Sumi Jo, et al.
  • Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (April 14, 1992)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00000420D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,017 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light now cast on Strauss' glorious "Shadow" December 16, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Critical opinion has been consistently divided over this work, which first premiered in October 1919. As a Chicagoan, I waited until 1984 to see the premiere at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and it was worth the wait.
This glorious performance under Solti's direction has firmly cemented my opinion that this is one of the greatest operas ever penned and should be standard repertoire by now.
To have Placido Domingo branch out and sing the role of the Emperor in this recording is another benefit of the performance.
I also appreciated very much that most of the music that had customarily been cut from performances [a practice apparently initiated by Karl Boehm] have been restored.
This is a work that succeeds musically even though the plot is at times encumbered by esoteric symbolism.
However, it is the best performance I have ever heard and I highly recommend it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical performance of an under-appreciated opera October 31, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I bought this opera, I didn't know what to expect. Frau is largely ignored in the American repetoire, which is a tragedy now that I know how marvellous this work is. True, the story is lofty with a lucid message that is unpopular in today's culture. More importantly though, the music is thrilling from start to finish. The music keeps one's attention throughout, unlike Rosenkavalier and many of Strauss' later works. Solti's orchestra has some unforgetable moments -- the descent of the Princess into the human world in Act I,for example. All the singers are incredible, even if they have no stage experience in these roles. (Where would they get the opportunity in America, anyway?) Of note is the always fascinating Hildegard Behrens. Her transition from the surly and selfish woman who sells her shadow to gain "manly" powers to a loving wife could be pulled off convincingly by few others. The finale unleashes all the soloists, orchestra, and chorus in a Straussian climax equalled only by Salome's final scence and the Rosenkavalier trio.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious September 18, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Die Frau Ohne Schatten with its gloriously heroic music, romantic, magical and heavenly, yet human and down to earth. Die Frau Ohne Schatten is one of the most glorious operatic masterpiece ever penned with astonishing originality. It is Strauss' "Zauberflute" with magic, romance and all. A kindly easy going Barak. Baraks' Wife who changes from being a shrew who is dissatisfied with her marriage to a humble woman who truly loves her husband. The Empress who is initially cool and unable to phantom the depths of human emotion, but who eventually understands what is true love. The Emperor who gets to sing some of the most heroic and romantic music ever written. The Nurse, a creature with magical powers who does evil but whose deeds lead to a good end by divine providence. Glorious and abstruse story. Glorious music. Die Frau Ohne Schatten is without doubt a towering operatic masterpiece of the 20th century.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect cast in passionate performance July 21, 2001
By Laon
Format:Audio CD
Georg Solti had planned to record this opera for years, waiting, however, until his dream cast could be assembled. He also returned to his old orchestra, the Vienna Phil, with whom he made so many classic recordings before taking up the Chicago post.
The result is that Solti had time to plan and refine his shaping of the work: this performance has all of the brilliance of orchestral sound and excitement of performance of the earlier Strauss recordings with the Vienna Phil (to say nothing of the Wagner recordings), but there is also a greater willingness to let tension ebb and flow, to relax in the lyrical passages without ever losing forward momentum. This is perhaps a more humanist Solti than we meet in, say, his earlier recordings of _Salome_ and _Electra_.
As for that dream cast, it was indeed worth waiting for, and includes such details as Sumi Jo as the impossibly high, non-human voice of the Falcon, as well as Domingo handsome, heroic and intelligent as the Prince, Hildegard Behrens surely the most attractive Wife on record, not entirely and only a shrew - far superior to Böhm's Christel Goltz or (for the 2nd recording, unforgiveably abridged) Birgit Nilsson; and van Damm noble as the long-suffering and unreasonably kind Barak. Julia Varady is also a more humanist Empress than we find in rival recordings, having not quite so far to travel as some, before gaining some understanding sympathy for human sufferings and concerns.
In fact humanism might be the word for this performance. For all the fantastical nature of Hoffmannthal's libretto (part _Magic Flute_, part _Parsifal_, with strong plot echoes - surely no coincidence - of Wagner's first, fairy-tale, opera, _Die Feen_) the subject is suffering and the lesson is compassion. Solti's thoughtful, long-planned performance, and his flawless cast make _Die Frau_ not the arid allegory it can sometimes appear to be, but an involving and compassionate drama, a Morality Play.
Cheers!
Laon
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnetic December 15, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In a magnetic reading from the first note to the last note, Solti gives a ravishingly beautiful yet dramatic fulfilment of this most diverse and fascinating of Strauss' operas. And the sound is extraordinarily fantastic - full and sumptuous with breathtaking playing by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. All the 5 principal singers are in superlative form. This is an instant classic if there was ever one.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the 20th Century's Greatest January 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Despite it's scarcity on (especially American) stages, "Die Frau" is certainly a candidate for the 20th century's greatest opera--epic in scope, and, yes, profound in meaning, it's creators were clearly reaching for something huge, and, in my opinion, they pull it off. Strauss's score erupts with strange and beautiful musical ideas. The haunting, sinister cry of the falcon alone make it a work that any lover of late romantic opera must own, and it's climax is earth-shattering! Solti's recording is a great one. It's true that Domingo's Emperor sounds a little more Latin than one might expect in this role., his take is still fabulous. And Varaday's spoken monologue at the climax powerfully conveys her character's terrible distress. "Die Frau" is an opera that grows in the mind with repeated listenings. It's a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten
Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten is a 1992 Decca Record Company Limited starring the amazing Placido Domingo in the role of the emperor. Sir Georg Solti leads Wiener Philharmoniker. Read more
Published on December 1, 2011 by Bjorn Viberg
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one "Frau", buy this one too!!!
To my ear, there are only two "Frau" recordings that are worth contemplating plunking down my money on: Solti or Bohm. Read more
Published on April 4, 2011 by R. Nadel
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb line up of stars for this splashy operatic project
In the liner notes, Solti writes that Die Frau is one of the greatest loves of his operatic life. A strong statement from one of the greatest operatic conductors in the post-war... Read more
Published on January 30, 2011 by dv_forever
5.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but excellent version
I bought this "Frau" after owning several others mainly because of Domingo, for me the best Emperor, and one of my favorite conductors, Solti. Read more
Published on February 6, 2010 by Hugo Marcos Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars MOST COMPLETE VERSION, GLORIOUSLY PLAYED
For many people, FROSCH (FRau Ohne SCHatten - Strauss and Hofmannsthal's pet name for their project while writing it and meaning `frog') - is Strauss's greatest opera. Read more
Published on October 20, 2009 by Klingsor Tristan
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential and Complete Entry for this Straussian Masterpiece
There are few conductors who are able to claim the mark of the definitive in opera recording as often as Solti did in his career. Read more
Published on February 1, 2009 by The Cultural Observer
5.0 out of 5 stars A symphonic opera
This is Richard Strauss' 'thickest' opera, a symphony with words, some argue 'Wagnerian' even ! It is an opera that works better on radio or disc than on the stage which means... Read more
Published on April 15, 2008 by Nicholas Freidin
4.0 out of 5 stars The "Almost" Dream Recording
This complex and demanding opera will probably always elude mere mortals in their attempt to document it in a definitive manner. But Solti comes close. Read more
Published on April 18, 2007 by Lawrence Rapchak
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive enough
This is a great work of art. The story is intriguing. I'm not generally a fan of Strauss' operas, barring Elektra. Read more
Published on February 22, 2007 by S Duncan
3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong voice
A very solid rendering of this spectacular score, Solti is still the best among the pretty-boys who have come after. Read more
Published on November 4, 2006 by Straussmouse
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