R. Strauss: Die Ägyptische Helena - BJ Fredricks (mezzo-soprano); Carl Tanner (tenor); Celena Shafer (soprano); Christopher Robertson (baritone);...
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  1. Die Ägyptische Helena (The Egyptian Helen), opera, Op. 75 (TrV 255)
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No matter what anyone tells you about Strauss' opulent orchestrations being de classe in the late '20s or the impossible tessitura of his vocal writing or the heroic triviality of his characters or the mythic banality of his themes, don't believe them. The real reason Strauss' 1928 opera Die Ägyptische Helena is so rarely performed and recorded is because Hugo von Hofmannsthal's plot stinks. Hofmannsthal takes gorgeous Helen of Troy and turns her into a hausfrau who, after having spent a decade sporting with Paris of Troy ...

R. Strauss: Die Ägyptische Helena 2003, Telarc Distribution

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