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Elektra

Author: Richard StraussHugo von HofmannsthalAlessandra MarcDeborah VoigtHanna SchwarzAll authors
Publisher: Hamburg : Deutsche Grammophon, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Music CD : CD audio : GermanView all editions and formats
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In the courtyard of the palace of Agamemnon, murdered king of Mycenae, Elektra bemoans her father's murder at the hands of her mother, Klytämnestra, and her mother's lover, Aegisth. She vows vengeance. She is interrupted by her younger sister, Chrysothemis, who urges Elektra to give up her obsession with revenge so they both can lead normal lives. Chrysothemis reappears with news that Orest is dead. Stunned,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Named Person: Electra, (Greek mythological figure)
Material Type: Music
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Strauss; Hugo von Hofmannsthal; Alessandra Marc; Deborah Voigt; Hanna Schwarz; Siegfried Jerusalem; Samuel Ramey; Giuseppe Sinopoli; Sophocles.; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor.; Wiener Philharmoniker.
OCLC Number: 37880205
Language Note: Sung in German.
Notes: Deutsche Grammophon: 453 429-2 (453 430-2--453 431-2).
Opera in 1 act.
Based on Sophocles' Electra.
Compact disc.
Program notes, synopsis, and libretto, all in German, English, French, and Italian (160 p. : ill.)--in container.
Performer(s): Alessandra Marc, Deborah Voigt, sopranos ; Hanna Schwarz, mezzo-soprano ; Siegfried Jerusalem, tenor ; Samuel Ramey, bass ; with supporting singers ; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor ; Wiener Philharmoniker ; Giuseppe Sinopoli, conductor.
Event notes: Recorded Sept. 1995, Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna.
Description: 2 sound discs (104 min.) : digital, stereo. ; 4 3/4 in.
Responsibility: Richard Strauss ; [libretto, Hugo von Hofmannsthal].

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In the courtyard of the palace of Agamemnon, murdered king of Mycenae, Elektra bemoans her father's murder at the hands of her mother, Klytämnestra, and her mother's lover, Aegisth. She vows vengeance. She is interrupted by her younger sister, Chrysothemis, who urges Elektra to give up her obsession with revenge so they both can lead normal lives. Chrysothemis reappears with news that Orest is dead. Stunned, Elektra tells her sister she must now help kill Klytämnestra and Aegisth. When the girl pulls away in terror and runs off, Elektra starts to dig for the buried ax that killed Agamemnon. She is interrupted by a stranger who says he has come to inform Klytämnestra of Orest's death. When Elektra reveals her name, he tells her Orest lives. Servants come and kiss his hand. The dogs of the house know me, he says, but not my own sister. Crying his name, Elektra falls into Orest's arms and tells him she has lived only for his return. Their reunion is cut short when Orest is summoned before Klytämnestra. He kills both the queen and her lover. Elektra begins an ecstatic dance and when Chryothemis returns, Elektra falls dead.

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