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Richard Strauss: opera boxes released for anniversary

(May 2014)

In honour of the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss, a selection of special box sets have been released surveying his complete operatic output.

Strauss opera fans wanting to fill their shelves have been treated to special box collections in honour of the composer’s 150th anniversary. Deutsche Grammophon offers all 15 operas in a box of 33 CDs, including Solti’s classic Elektra with Birgit Nilsson and Die Frau ohne Schatten with Julia Varady and Placido Domingo, and a live Arabella from Munich with Lisa della Casa and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. All the rarer operas are there, from the youthful Guntram and Feuersnot to the Indian summer of Die Liebe der Danae and Capriccio, with Jessye Norman in the Four Last Songs thrown in as a filler.
> Deutsche Grammopon opera box with audio sampler

A Warner Classics box of 10 operas on 22 discs draws upon EMI best-sellers with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf as the Marschallin in Karajan’s Der Rosenkavalier and the Countess in Sawallisch’s Capriccio. Highlights from the rarer repertoire include Lucia Popp switching from comic turns as the composer’s wife in Intermezzo to sylvan lyricism in Daphne and an uncut Die Schweigsame Frau with Theo Adam as the curmudgeonly sea captain.
> Warner Classics opera box

For those who prefer their Strauss on stage, Arthaus has boxed DVDs of seven productions selected by the Strauss Family, from a historic 1965 Salzburg Ariadne, via Harry Kupfer’s Vienna Elektra, to the recent Berlin Die Liebe der Danae production by Kirsten Harms.
> Arthaus opera DVD box with video trailer

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