OP0516. ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Live Performance, 7 Aug., 1954, Salzburg, w. Böhm Cond. Vienna Phil.; Lisa della Casa, Irmgard Seefried, Hilde Güden, Rudolf Schock, Paul Schöffler, etc.. (Germany) 2-DG 445 332, w.Elaborate 84pp. Libretto-Brochure. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 028944533224
"Hilde Güden is one of the main assets of the 1954 ARIADNE, singing Zerbinetta with as much accuracy and a fuller tone than most of her rivals on CD in an attractively insouciant interpretation. As for Karajan (EMI, 4/88) a year or two later and for Bohm in 1944, Seefried is as winning a Composer as any. Schock, also Karajan's Bacchus, is equal to the stringent demands of the part and sings it with panache. Della Casa's Ariadne has inborn grace and musicality. Taken as a whole the issue is an invaluable record, and will become more so as the years go by, in how to conduct Strauss' operas with a due care for pacing, sonority and balance - and above all for creating the elatory, life-giving spirit that permeates them all. Strauss loved his creations and Böhm was instrumental in conveying his mentor's wishes."
- Alan Blyth, GRAMOPHONE, Nov., 1994