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It remains for Strauss to display the summit of his art in a trio for Octavian, the Marschallin and Sophie that I would defy anyone to hear with dry eyes. Carsen stages it beautifully, and the music's magic compels Bychkov to a tempo perhaps a touch slower than Vienna or Salzburg are used to [watch and listen -- DVD2 chapter 14, 50:04-51:51]. The young lovers decide apparently for a night in the brothel under the protective eye, one hopes, of the transvestite keeper of the establishment. If mine host has become Mrs Warren, who cares? Everything has ended happily, and maybe even so for little Mohamed, still enjoying a spot of leave somewhere in Africa.

Franz Hawlata as Baron Ochs with the 'transvestite keeper of the establishment'. DVD Screenshot © 2004 ORF
Franz Hawlata as Baron Ochs with the 'transvestite keeper of the establishment'. DVD Screenshot © 2004 ORF

 

Copyright © 1 January 2007 Robert Anderson, London UK

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Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

DVWW-OPRC 1xDVD9, 1xDVD5, NTSC 16:9 anamorphic, all regions DD5.1, DTS 5.1, LPCM Stereo NEW RELEASE 201' 2004 ORF, 2006 TDK Marketing Europe GmbH

Adrianne Pieczonka, Marschallin; Franz Hawlata, Der Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau; Angelika Kirchschlager, Octavian; Franz Grundheber, Herr von Faninal; Miah Persson, Sophie; Ingrid Kaiserfeld, Jungfer Marianne Leitmerzerin; Jeffrey Francis, Valzacchi; Elena Batoukova, Annina; Florian Boesch, Ein Polizeikommissar; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor; Rupert Huber, chorus master; Stage music (Wiener Philharmoniker) director; Wiener Philharmoniker; Semyon Bychkov, conductor

Richard Strauss (1864-1949): Der Rosenkavalier (comedy for music in three acts, 1911, libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal)

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