Richard Strauss: Salome (Arthaus: 101593)
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This highly acclaimed production of Strauss' Salome from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden is staged by German director Nikolaus Lenhoff. Starring Angela Denoke as"a brilliant Salome" (FAZ), who is joined by a great ensemble of soloists, Kim Begley, Doris Soffel and Alan Held. Performing with"great aplomb" (FAZ), the Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, conducted by Stefan Soltez, was also enthusiastically celebrated by critics and audience.
"As with his Elektra at last summer's Salzburg Festival, Lehnhoff's strength in this Salome is the psychological accuracy and musicality of his direction ... In Baden-Baden Lehnhoff can rely on a superb ensemble led by Angela Denoke, with her stunning singing and acting An enthralling premiere that thoroughly deserved its rapturous reception. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung"The rest of the cast has been carefully selected, and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Stefan Soltesz ranges from passionate lyricism to orgiastic thundering. Soltesz has no need to dominate - he knows where to emphasise, where to come to the fore, where to hold back. These are professionals at work, with nothing problematical or over-interpreted it is quite simply a masterful modern operatic performance, convincingly presented with clarity and careful attention to detail. Die Welt
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