Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Some Strauss Things

Bryan Gilliam, one of the kingpins of modern Strauss scholarship, is working on a book entitled Rounding Wagner's Mountain: Richard Strauss and Modern German Opera. According to the publications list at his Duke University homepage, it's due to be published sometime this year.

Interesting NY Times article from 1986 about the "problem" of Capriccio. The Met introduced surtitles (actually, back-of-the-seat titles) in 1995 and Capriccio had its Met premiere in 1998.

Wolfgang Sawallisch's recording of Elektra is being reissued by EMI. Along with the Solti, it's one of the few absolutely complete recordings.

The latest rumour about the still-unreleased on DVD Met Salome with Karita Mattila from 2004 is that it will likely never come out since the production will be revived next season with Mattila (and be featured in the movie theatre broadcasts then issued on DVD?).

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