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STRAUSS, R: Die Frau ohne Schatten - Vienna Philharmonic, Christian Theilemann (DVD)

STRAUSS, R: Die Frau ohne Schatten - Vienna Philharmonic, Christian Theilemann (DVD)

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Stephen Gould (The Emperor); Anne Schwanewilms (The Empress); Michaela Schuster (The Nurse); Wolfgang Koch (Barak, the Dyer); Evelyn Herlitzius (Barak's Wife);

Already brimming with symbols and transformations, the epic fairy tale recounted by Strauss and his librettist Hofmannsthal in Die Frau ohne Schatten acquires a further allegorical dimension in Christoph Loy's inventive production for the Salzburg Festival. The central character, the Empress half-spirit, half-human, and unable to bear children until she finds a shadow here becomes a young soprano who makes a voyage of personal and professional discovery as she records the opera. A superb cast fulfils the complex vocal and dramatic demands of the piece while Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic rise gloriously to the challenges of Strauss's most ambitious and splendid operatic score.

"[The Empress] is central throughout, compellingly acted and luminously sung by the marvellous Anne Schwanewilms...Orchestral detail has tremendous clarity and the documentary extra includes pithy insights from cast and crew." (BBC Music Magazine)

"Loy's Personregie works well for nearly every singer...Schwanewilms's Empress embodies dignified feminine beauty and dignity." (International Record Review)

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Christian Thielemann rehearses 'Die Frau Ohne Schatten'.Cast Gallery.

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