Elektra with Anja Silja, Berit Lindholm & Jean Madeira

Elektra
Richard Strauss

Anja Silja, Jean Madeira, Berit Lindholm,
Jean Giraudeau, Gerd Nienstedt
Georges Sebastian

1964

ORTF

OD 10333-2

BONUS:
Anja Silja sings Isolde's Narrative and Curse
Roma, 1965
André Cluytens, conductor

Sound Quality:

I try to be fair while writing these descriptions. It is not in my best interests to recommend a recording that is lack luster. That said it is with total sincerity that I can say that this is one of the best performances of Elektra I have ever heard. From the first chords the orchestra explodes and it is a high octane roller coaster ride for almost the whole thing, the one exception being the most beautifully lilting recognition scene I have ever heard. You would think that you were listening to a Schubert lullaby. Anja Silja took on this voice-killing part when most of her colleagues had not even made their professional debuts. Certainly it was a great risk but she meets the demands with admirable power and commitment to the drama (she is helped by one or two extra cuts.) Her high Cs are sung with astonishing abandon and incredible ease given the demands that this role puts on the voice. She is joined by Berit Lindholm as Chrysothemis who brings remarkable warmth and color to the role and manages the stratospheric tessitura

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