Music: New Operatic Records

Richard Strauss, a giant in his own right, stood between the influences of two other musical greats. He acknowledged one when, as he began work on Der Rosenkavalier in 1909, he said: "This time I shall write a Mozart opera." He repeatedly acknowledged Richard Wagner before starting Die Frau Ohne Schatten (The Woman Without a Shadow), a huge opera that sounds thunderous echoes of the Ring cycle as well as of Strauss's own tone poems. Now recorded for the first time in an ambitious five-disk set by London, Die Frau Ohne Schatten is one...

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