OP0159. DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN (Strauss), Live Performance 1996, Dresden; Giuseppe Sinopoli Cond. Staatskapelle Ensemble; Deborah Voigt, Ben Heppner, Hanna Schwarz, Franz Grundheber, Sabine Hass, etc. (Germany) 3-Teldec 13156, w.Elaborate 231pp. Libretto-brochure. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 706301315620
“No other recording - not even Solti's - lifts off the way Sinopoli's does in that stunning quartet which concludes this opera; he controls the huge orchestral forces and intricate vocal lines to engineer the most heart-wrenching climax before the ethereal voices of the unborn children send us off to bed, amazed and delighted. So it's a thousand pities that Sinopoli permitted cuts, however they amount to only a few minutes and are standard to allow singers to survive the gruelling demands made upon them.
Voigt and Heppner are in unbeatable voice: powerful, lyrical and true, as good as, if not better than, their counterparts in the Solti, Varady and Domingo. Voigt is especially moving in the statue scene - again, horribly pruned but still very effective. I have four recordings of this masterpiece: Karajan 1964 Salzburg set, the Solti, the Bohm on Opera d'Oro (in indifferent sound but it enshrines some wonderful performances) and this one - and I wouldn't want to be without any of them, especially the Sinopoli if only for that last scene.”
- Ralph Moore, MusicWebInternational