Release Date: July 1, 2012
***** ‘a thrilling, often revelatory performance, alive to every intense and modernistic gesture. Valery Gergiev finds both great colour and emotional depth in the music … the London Symphony Orchestra on superb form … First-class sound and presentation’ Time Out (UK)
Recording ***** BBC Music Magazine (UK)
Clef du Mois Res Musica (France)
‘Highly recommended’ The Northern Echo (UK)
The one-act opera Elektra, containing one of the most demanding soprano roles in the repertoire, is based on the ancient Greek myth as retold by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The work focuses on the relationships between Elektra, Chrysothemis, and their mother Klytamnestra, and the themes of love, hate and revenge. The drama’s raw emotions are exquisitely expressed in some of Strauss’ finest music.