Recorded on September 10, 2016, this concert performance of Richard Strauss' Salome is presented in Pentatone's Super Audio format, and the multi-channel reproduction creates a vivid Surround Sound experience of one of the most controversial 20th century works. With a German libretto adapted by Strauss from Oscar Wilde's French play, Salome elaborates the Biblical story of the daughter of King Herod Antipas and her provocation of the beheading of John the Baptist. The scandalous story brought Salome instant fame, and it was Strauss' first operatic success, due mostly to the strength of his innovative score, and the notoriety of the Dance of the Seven Veils, which has become a popular orchestral excerpt. This performance by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and featured soprano Emily Magee as Salome, tenor Peter Bronder as Herod, mezzo-soprano Michaela Schuster as Herodias, and baritone Wolfgang Koch as John the Baptist. The strong vocals and the lush orchestral playing make this recording a sonic showcase, and even first-time listeners will be seduced by the gorgeous sonorities and the passion of the singing. Highly recommended for audiophiles and fans of Strauss' operas.
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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
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