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Richard Strauss

Dutch National Opera / Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra / Marc Albrecht


  • Type SACD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917268621
  • Catalog number CC 72686
  • Release date 05 September 2015
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About the album

Arabella is an opera about change, a light comedy with a bittersweet edge. Richard Strauss asked his librettist and long-term collaborator Hugo von Hofmannsthal for a ‘second Rosenkavalier. In many ways he got just that, though Arabella is resolutely more down to earth than its rococo predecessor.

The Waldner family has hit hard times and marrying off their daughters has therefore become their sole aim. While Arabella readily embraces her future, her story nonetheless touches on fundamental concerns about the irrevocable passage of time and humankind’s shared vulnerability. Those issues eerily played out in the opera’s gestation and performance history. Not only would it become Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s final collaboration due to the latter’s untimely death, but the opera would also see the light of day in a significantly darker world than the one in which it was conceived. Alone, Strauss honoured his late friend by completing Arabella, whose blithe optimism first came to the stage in 1933, at the beginning of another dark era in history.


A. Bahbahani

May 10th 2017 11:02
Pity this wasn't recorded for release on DVD.

Yasser sharaf

December 16th 2015 15:56
Why isn't this production available as DSD download?? I think it is worth and most of challenge's recordings are available as thus on nativedsd.com

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