OP0129. ARABELLA, recorded 1981, w.Sawallisch Cond. Bayerischen Staatsoper Enesmble; Julia Varady, Helga Schmidt, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Walter Berry, Helen Donath, etc . (Germany) 2-Orfeo C169 882, w.Elaborate Libretto-Brochure. Final Copy!
“Sawallisch is an experienced conductor of Strauss’ operas and is at his best in this one, his tempi exactly right, his appreciation of its flavour (sometimes sentimental, at others gently ironic and detached) unequalled. Helen Donath’s delightful Zdenka is a perfect foil for Varady’s Arabella. Varady’s singing of the title-role is characterful and intelligent. One should be left with ambivalent feelings about this heroine; is she lovable or a chilling opportunist? Or both? And while Fischer-Dieskau’s singing of Mandryka has not the total security of his earlier DG recording of the role with Keilberth, he remains among the best Mandrykas heard since the war.”