OP1130. ARABELLA, Live Performance, 21 Sept., 1953, Covent Garden, w.Kempe Cond. Bayerischen Staatsoper Ensemble; Lisa Della Casa, Elfride Trötschel, Hermann Uhde, Lorenz Fehenberger, Max Proebstl, Ira Malaniuk, etc. (England) 2-Testament SBT2 1367. Final copy! - 749677136727
"Della Casa, in one of the earliest of her many assumptions of the title-part, is in ravishing voice and wholly spontaneous in her immaculately phrased and sung performance. She catches every aspect of the heroine's character, at once firm, warm and positive, and she treats the text with loving care."
- Alan Blyth, GRAMOPHONE, June, 2006
“By common assent, the great postwar Arabella was Swiss soprano Lisa Della Casa. She was everything an Arabella should be: steely willed but also lyrical, golden-toned but also dramatic, passionate but also compassionate. Although she went on to record the role twice for major labels, first with Georg Solti on Decca in 1957 and then with Karl Böhm on DG in 1963, there are many alternative Della Casa Arabellas available. Only her third appearance in the role, this 1953 performance is not quite as refined her 1957 recording nor as comfortable as her 1963 recording, but it is as passionate and more polished than her first 1947 recording. Of course, as in all Della Casa's Arabellas, her voice is endlessly lovely and her interpretation is infinitely moving. If you're going to hear only one Della Casa, it should probably be the 1963 recording. It has the unsurpassed Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau playing opposite her and the masterful Strauss conductor Böhm directing the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra. If, however, you do have time for more than one Della Casa Arabella, there are good reasons for trying this one. Not only is Della Casa nearly as good as she would become, but Hermann Uhde is an affecting Mandryka and Rudolf Kempe is nearly as masterful a Strauss conductor as Böhm, and surely a more lyrical Strauss conductor than Solti. Plus, the sense of occasion -- the Bavarian State Opera's first appearance in England since the war -- is evocatively captured in this BBC recording reissued here on Testament.”
- James Leonard, All Music Guide
“Elfriede Trötschel began her career as a member of the Dresden Opera choir and became a soloist in 1933 after being selected by the Opera’s director, Karl Böhm. Her many rôles on the operatic stage included Lola, Gretel, Esmeralda, Zerlina, Blondchen, Marie, Susanna, Nannetta, Zdenka, Jenufa, Donna Elvira, Bastienne, Oskar, Papagena, Marzelline, Sophie, Mimi and Madama Butterfly. She sang at the Salzburg Festival in 1941 and at the Berlin State Opera in 1950. In 1950 she sang Susanna at the Edinburgh and Glyndebourne Festivals, sang at the Vienna State Opera in 1952 and appeared at Covent Garden in 1953 in Strauss’ ARABELLA. Trötschel performed with some of the great conductors of the 20th century, such as Fritz Stiedry, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Krauss, Keilbert, Eugen Jochum, Kempe, Otto Klemperer, Karl Böhm and Fricsay.”
- Z. D. Akron