Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten (2-DVD) – Anne Schwanewilms

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Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten (2-DVD) – Anne Schwanewilms

Composer: Richard Strauss
Artists: Stephen Gould, Anne Schwanewilms, Michaela Schuster, Evelyn Herlitzius, Wolfgang Koch, Wiener Philharmoniker, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Conductor: Christian Thielemann
Directors: Christof Loy
Format: NTSC
Language: German
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 2
Studio: Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
Run Time: 220 minutes

Already brimming with symbols and transformations, the epic fairytale recounted by Strauss and his librettist Hofmannsthal in Die Frau ohne Schatten acquires a further allegorical dimension in Christof Loy’s inventive production for the Salzburg Festival. 

The central character, the Empress – half-spirit, half-human and unable to bear children until she finds a shadow – here becomes a young soprano who makes a voyage of personal and professional discovery as she records the opera. 

A superb cast fulfills the complex vocal and dramatic demands of the piece while Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic rise gloriously to the challenges of Strauss’s most ambitious and splendid operatic score.

“[The Empress] is central throughout, compellingly acted and luminously sung by the marvelous Anne Schwanewilms. Orchestral detail has tremendous clarity and the documentary extra includes pithy insights from cast and crew.” (BBC Music Magazine)

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Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten

Epic in musical scope and artistic imagination, Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s 1919 work makes extraordinary demands on its five leading singers, the orchestra, and the stage. The score is one of the composer’s richest and most evocative, reflecting the fantastical storyline that weaves together drama, fairy tale, and pure poetry.


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