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CHAN 3157
(multiple CD Set)

Strauss, R: Salome

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release date: November 2008

Originally recorded in 2008


Philharmonia Orchestra

Sir Charles Mackerras

John Wegner

baritone - Jokanaan

Roger Begley

bass - Cappadocian

Jeremy White

bass - Fifth Jew

Michael Druiett

bass - First Nazarene

Graeme Broadbent

bass - First Soldier

Alan Ewing

bass - Second Soldier

Sally Burgess

mezzo-soprano - Herodias

Rebecca de Pont Davies

mezzo-soprano - Herodias's page

Susan Bullock

soprano - Salome

Anton Rich

tenor - First Jew

Alasdair Elliott

tenor - Fourth Jew

John Graham-Hall

tenor - Herod Antipas

Andrew Rees

tenor - Narraboth

Wynne Evans

tenor - Second Jew

Robert Parry

tenor - Second Nazarene

Gerald Strainer

tenor - Slave

Colin Judson

tenor - Third Jew


Watford Colosseum


Brian Pidgeon

Brian Couzens



Ralph Couzens

Jonathan Cooper


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Opera in English

Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 113:58
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  Opera in one act  
  Libretto by the composer after Hedwig Lachmann's German translation of Oscar Wilde's play of the same name  
  English translation of the German by Tom Hammond  
  Scene One  
1 'How fair the royal Princess Salome looks tonight' 2:43
  Narraboth, Page, First Soldier, Second Soldier  
2 'After me shall come another' 2:41
  Jokanaan, Second Soldieer, First Soldier, Cappadocian, Naarraboth, Page  
  Scene Two  
3 'I will not stay there. I cannot stay there' 2:09
  Salome, Page, Jokanaan  
4 'Who spoke then, who was that calling out?' 3:51
  Salome, Second Soldier, Narraboth, Slave, First Soldier, Jokanaan, Page  
5 'You will do this for me, Narraboth' 3:21
  Salome, Narraboth  
  Scene Three  
6 'Where is he, he, whose sins are now without number?' 5:07
  Jokanaan, Salome, Narraboth  
7 'He is terrible' 4:54
  Salome, Narraboth, Jokanaan  
8 'Jokanaan! I am in love with your pale flesh, Jokanaan!' 2:59
9 'I'm enamoured of your hair, Jokanaan' 2:43
  Salome, Jokanaan  
10 'It's your mouth that I desire, Jokanaan' 11:08
  Salome, Jokanaan, Narraboth  
  Scene Four  
11 'Where is Salome?' 4:06
  Herod, Herodias, First Soldier  
12 'Salome, come drink wine with me' 2:47
  Herod, Salome, Herodias  
13 'See, the tiem is upon us' 3:38
  Jokanaan, Herodias, Herod, Jews, First Nazarene  
14 'Brothers, they day is near us, the day of the Lord' 2:51
  Jokanaan, Herod, First Nazarene, First Jew, Second Nazarene, Herodias  
15 'Men shall soon rebel against this dissolute woman' 2:12
  Jokanaan, Herodias, Herod  
16 'Dance for me, Salome' 4:25
  Hrod, Herodias, Salome, Jokanaan  
17 Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils 9:30
18 'Ah, heavenly! Wonderful, woonderful!' 7:27
  Herod, Salome, Herodias  
19 'Salome, just think what you're doing' 3:13
  Herod, Salome, Jews  
20 'Gie me the head of Jokanaan!' 2:12
  Salome, Herod, Herodias  
21 'I hear no noise from below there' 2:36
22 'Ah! You would not let me kiss your mouth, Jokanaan!' 6:47
23 'Your body was an ivory column' 5:32
24 'You have an evil monster for a daughter' 5:29
  Herod, Herodias, Salome  
25 Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils (concert version) 9:37
 John Graham-Hall tenor - Herod Antipas
 Sally Burgess mezzo-soprano - Herodias
 Susan Bullock soprano - Salome
 John Wegner baritone - Jokanaan
 Andrew Rees tenor - Narraboth
 Rebecca de Pont Davies mezzo-soprano - Herodias's page
 Anton Rich tenor - First Jew
 Wynne Evans tenor - Second Jew
 Colin Judson tenor - Third Jew
 Alasdair Elliott tenor - Fourth Jew
 Jeremy White bass - Fifth Jew
 Michael Druiett bass - First Nazarene
 Robert Parry tenor - Second Nazarene
 Graeme Broadbent bass - First Soldier
 Alan Ewing bass - Second Soldier
 Roger Begley bass - Cappadocian
 Gerald Strainer tenor - Slave
 Sir Charles Mackerras
  16-18 and 20-22 December 2007  
Sir Charles Mackerras’s recordings are well-established collectors’ items.

His well earned and consistently brilliant reviews confirm that his music-making belies his years, and his new opera recordings have become benchmarks for the Chandos Opera in English series.

Sir Charles pick up his baton to conduct leading dramatic soprano, Susan Bullock and the Philharmonia Orchestra in his first ever recording of Richard Strauss’s Salome. This is also the premiere recording in English and follows the Grammy win for Hansel and Gretel earlier this year.

Richard Strauss is a composer for whom Sir Charles holds in deep affection. He explains “I’m just amazed that he could have written it [Salome]. Every page has something that hadn’t been done before, not even by Wagner. Bitonality, whole tone scales, everything! Endlessly varying the leitmotifs so that they take on different meaning… remarkable, and such a lesson in the use of the orchestra… it’s just superb… even if you have not heard a note of Strauss before you will be swept along by the power of the music.”

Susan Bullock has previously performed Salome in the concert format and her performances in the role of Strauss’s Elektra have brought her international acclaim. MusicWeb International wrote of her Salome “we were treated to a show-stealing dramatic performance in which her character’s complicated and confused emotions were plainly visible.”

Charles Mackerras does total justice to every episode of full-out, rapturous lyricism, but the performance also boasts just about enough savage intensity to satisfy those who enjoy the work only for its most febrile moments. Fortunately Mackerras’s notably elegant approach keeps something in reserve, with the build-up of tension in each scene always expertly judged… Mackerras coaxes from the Philharmonia a truly splendid cushion of sound to support the singers.
International Record Review

Charles Mackerras is not usually mentioned when outstanding Strauss conductors are considered. But as this latest addition to Chandos’ Opera in English series shows, he is an outstanding Straussian, and it’s the Philharmonia’s gorgeously vivid playing of it, that makes this so memorable. That’s not to down grade any of the singers, who all get Tom Hammond’s no-nonsense English text across with enviable clarity
The Guardian

The drama of this great opera is faithfully projected in this Peter Moores Opera in English recording by the inspired conducting of Sir Charles Mackerras and the Philharmonia, the excellent cast and the vivid Chandos sound. Above all it is good to have Susan Bullock in one of the major Strauss roles.
The Sunday Telegraph

If it were only for the orchestra alone, this would now be the Salome of choice: never relentlessly feral but ineffably paced towards shocking climaxes, diaphanously clear, full of expressive orchestral solos (first violin especially) and naturally balanced in a recording which captures outlandish percussion touches like the tam-tam and timpani struck with triangle stick. One happily sits through this most sensuous of dances again when it follows the opera as an extra with its concert ending.
BBC Music Magazine

If recording in Chandos’s Opera in English series were at first regarded as ‘poor cousins’ to more starry original-language versions, that view certainly no longer obtains. Here a great cast, superb conducting and outstanding playing make for a recording that can stand comparison with any on the market.
Classic FM Magazine

Alongside Bullock’s spellbinding and radiant Salome, the other most impressive protagonists in this performance are the Philharmonia Orchestra and Charles Mackerras.
The Telegraph

Very good versio, with nice voice. Unfortunatly, english version whereas original is in german