R. Strauss: Salome (2CD + Bluray Audio Deluxe Edition)

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Birgit Nilsson (Salome),
Eberhard Wächter (Jokanaan),
Gerhard Stolze (Herod),
Grace Hoffman (Herodias)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti

2CD + Blu-ray Audio

Decca, THE Opera Company, has always invested infinite energy and enormous care in its productions, pairing unrivalled casts with its unequalled technical skill and legendary sound. Decca Classics is proud to continue its Hardback Opera Series of go-to performances with Salome, incorporating true 24-bit audio with the R. Strauss reference recording and a cast led by Birgit Nilsson and conducted by Sir Georg Solti.

Presented on 2CDs + High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray disc containing the complete opera in 24-bit audio Remastered in ultra-high quality 96kHz/24-bit audio from original analogue sources by former Decca Engineer Paschal Byrne

Includes repertoire notes by Michael Kennedy (English), Jean-Claude Poyet (French) and Hans-Ulrich Fuss (German); session photographs; notes by producer John Culshaw about the recording and the Decca “Sonicstage” approach, and synopsis and libretto all in English, French, German

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Gramophone Magazine
“[A] very clear recording of the orchestra … all the detail of the extraordinary scoring, so often obscured in the opera house, can be easily heard throughout … The VPO answer Solti's extreme demands with their most aristocratic playing … Nilsson's account of the title role remains another towering monument to her tireless singing.”
Penguin Guide

2010 Edition
“Nilsson is splendid throughout; she is hard-edged as usual but, on that account, more convincingly wicked...Of this score Solti is a master. He has rarely sounded so abandoned in a recorded performance...Waechter makes a clear, young-sounding Jokanaan.”

BBC Music Magazine
January 2012
“Forty-four years after its initial release, Decca’s Salome holds a leading position in the discography due to Solti’s visceral conducting, and a strong cast centred on Nilsson’s commanding necrophiliac princess.”

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