I am *slowly* making my way through the Jackpot of opera recordings I came across back in December. Evidently I sent them via Donkey; aka Media Mail...talk about delayed gratification. They arrived to my wee Chelsea studio only last week.
A few sure-fire hits thus far: The Solti Ring, the Karajan Ariadne, the Glyndebourne Jenufa DVD (with Roberta Alexander and a deliciously decrepit Anja Silja)...
This morning, however, I came across a bit of a mystery: A 1979 Decca/London recording of Die Ägyptische Helena. Detroit Symphony Orchestra--Antal Dorati at the helm. Gwyneth Jones, Barbara Hendricks...I can't seem to find much information. Certainly no particularly enlightening reviews. Now, on first listen, I am pretty into it. Jones is a powerhouse--really, this is a heavy voice. But I find it works here, especially in the context of Dorati's utterly balls-out interpretation (I say this as though I had ANY point of comparison. Admittedly, I do not.) Anyway, this recording seems to be not wildly easy to come by, and I am wondering if anyone else has heard it, how it stands up, etc--especially in anticipation of this mention of a new production next season at the Met.
So, listening to all this Strauss is making me painfully aware that I do not have a Salome recording. Seeing as there are about a billion of them readily available, and most of them relatively cheaply, I am going a bit crazy trying to decide which to go with. As a first recording, I tend to prefer super clean, studio sound. Yet, something about Salome leads me to lean a bit toward the live options. Suggestions and general guidance would be sehr appreciated.
On a different note, I listened to most of the broadcast yesterday, and was very into both Dunleavy and Miklosa. Gunn was....Gunn. Totally...er, serviceable but not extraordinary. Still, I think a perfectly fine choice. And his rousing "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" was completely...oh wait. Regardless, I am looking forward to seeing it next week. If nothing else, it'll be like seeing The Lion King for $26 instead of $100.