Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

LABELS: Philips
WORKS: Der Rosenkavalier
PERFORMER: Evelyn Lear, Frederica von Stade, Jules Bastin, Ruth WeltingNetherlands Opera Chorus, Rotterdam PO/Edo de Waart
CATALOGUE NO: 442 086-2 AAD Reissue
Strauss’s score can veer into vulgarity. Here, with the cast of a 1976 staging, starry kitsch yields to real theatricality. Von Stade makes a sumptuously impetuous Octavian (and gorgeously gormless Mariandl), Bastin a coarsely priapic Ochs. Lear’s slightly sour Marschallin brings a welcome edge to the Trio’s cloying sweetnesses. Mark Pappenheim