OP0362. DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN, w. Georg Solti Cond. Vienna Phil.; Hildegard Behrens, Julia Varady, Plácido Domingo, Reinhild Runkel, José van Dam, Sumi Jo, etc. 3-London 436 243, recorded 1991. Slipcase Edition, w.Elaborate 171pp. Libretto-brochure. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 028943624329
“This was the most ambitious project on which Strauss and his librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal collaborated. It's both fairy tale and allegory with a score that's Wagnerian in its scale and breadth. This Solti version presents the score absolutely complete in an opulent recording that encompasses every detail of the work's multi-faceted orchestration. It benefits from glorious, dedicated playing by the VPO.
Nothing escapes his keen eye and ear or that of the Decca engineers. The cast boasts splendid exponents of the two soprano roles. Behrens' vocal acting suggests complete identification with the unsatisfied plight of the Dyer's Wife and her singing has a depth of character to compensate for some tonal wear. Varady gives an intense, poignant account of the Empress' taxing music….”
- Gramophone Classical Music Guide
“Hildegard Behrens' voice has rarely sounded so beautiful on record. The Vienna Philharmonic surpass themselves ... this superb recording is unlikely to be matched, let alone surpassed, for many years. Solti himself is inspired throughout.”
- Penguin Guide