DGG 3LPs 2709 033: Richard STRAUSS Ariadne auf Naxos, 1970 PROMO
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Background on this item -
Richard Georg Strauss (11 June 1864 – 8 September 1949) was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier and Salome; his Lieder, especially his Four Last Songs; and his tone poems and orchestral works, such as Death and Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Also sprach Zarathustra, An Alpine Symphony, and Metamorphosen. Strauss was also a prominent conductor throughout Germany and Austria.

Strauss, along with Gustav Mahler, represents the late flowering of German Romanticism after Richard Wagner, in which pioneering subtleties of orchestration are combined with an advanced harmonic style.

Ariadne auf Naxos (Ariadne on Naxos) is an opera by Richard Strauss with a German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Originally conceived in 1912 as a 35 minute divertissement to be performed at the end of Hofmannsthal's adaptation of Moliere's play, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. The divertissement version needed actors and a full orchestra, thus it was very expensive to put on. Thus it was suggested to Strauss to make the divertissement a much larger composition. Thus a second version was born in 1916 - the version we know today, with a prologue and opera.

Ariadne auf Naxos is in two parts, called the Prologue and the Opera. The first part shows the backstage circumstances leading up to the second part, which is in fact an opera within an opera.

The Prologue:
At the home of 'the richest man in Vienna,' preparations for an evening of music are under way. Two groups of musicians have arrived; one is a burlesque group, led by the saucy comedienne Zerbinetta, the other an opera company, who will present a serious opera, Ariadne auf Naxos. The preparations are thrown into confusion when the Major-domo announces that both performances must take place at the same time.

At first, the impetuous young Composer refuses to discuss any changes to his opera. But when his teacher, the Music Master, points out that his pay depends on accepting the situation, and counsels him to be prudent—and when Zerbinetta turns the full force of her charm on him—he drops his objections. But when he realizes what he has assented to, he is once again plunged into despair and storms out.

The Opera:
Ariadne is shown abandoned by Theseus on the island of Naxos, bewailing her fate, as she mourns her lost love and longs for death. Zerbinetta and her four companions from the burlesque group enter and attempt to cheer Ariadne by singing and dancing, but without success. In a sustained and dazzling piece of coloratura singing Zerbinetta insists that the simplest way to get over a broken heart is to find another man. In a comic interlude, each of the clowns pursues Zerbinetta.

The three nymphs—Naiad, Dryad, and Echo—then announce the arrival of a stranger on the island. At first Ariadne thinks he is the messenger of death; but in fact it is the god Bacchus who is under the spell of the sorceress Circe. He falls instantly in love with Ariadne and promises to set her in the heavens as a constellation. Zerbinetta returns briefly to repeat her philosophy of love; then the opera ends with the passionate singing of Ariadne and Bacchus.

Instrumentation:
Woodwind: 2 flutes (alternating on piccolos), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons
Brass:: 2 horns, trumpet, trombone
Percussion: timpani, glockenspiel, tambourine, triangle, snare drum, cymbals, bass drum
Strings: 6 violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 2 contrabasses
Other: harmonium, celesta, piano, 2 harps 

DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHONE (DGG) Records 3-LP boxed set - WHITE record labels with BLACK lettering, these are PROMO or SAMPLE LPs and the earliest vintage pressings of this work on LP - see pictures for more detail
Records Made in: GERMANY
Pressings are in STEREO - the set comes in a large, heavy linen/woven outer box with a superb, detailed filled multi-page libretto / booklet with information regarding the performance, performers, etc.
Record Speed: 33 1/3 rpm
Records Made in: 1970 - LONG OUT OF PRINT, white label PROMO copies
Record Catalog Number: 2709 033

This listing is for a very rare, out of print title featuring the music of -

Richard STRAUSS

LP Title -
Ariadne auf Naxos

Performers include -
Franz Stoss
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Tatiana Troyanos
Jess Thomas
Gerhard Unger
Heinz Friedrich
Herbert Lackner
Reri Grist
Hildegard Hillebrecht
Barry McDaniel
John van Kesteren
Richard Kogel
Friedrich Lenz
Arleen Auger
Unni Rugtvedt
Sigrid Schmidt
Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Karl Bohm, conductor
Walter Taussig, musikalische Assistenz

CONDITION Details:
LP BOX:
The woven/linen outer box containing the LPs is in Near Mint minus condition.
The Box is solid and intact, with NO SPLITS! There is some minor shelf wear, primarily with respect to the seams and corners. Top lid is affixed to the bottom lid of the box.
A gorgeous and informative near mint multi-page libretto / booklet comes with this issue, making this set complete. 
It has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind on the jacket. Since this is an ex-university music library copy, it has a sticker on the front and back of the box and a stamp on the booklet, last page. 
There is NO hand writing on the front or back of the jacket.
The cover has clean and sharp colors, just gorgeous - see picture with this listing for more detail.

The LPs (vinyl) itself:
The LPs are in near MINT minus condition! - in great condition and obviously well taken care of!!
They retain much of the original gloss and sheen!
The records have no serious marks that we could see - we could not see anything that resembled a mark, even under strong white light. We play tested parts of the 3 LPs and they sounded fantastic!
There are NO significant spindle marks on the record labels that we could see!
This is the near mint copy you have always wanted in your collection - any picky audiophile should be happy with this one! A better copy would be very difficult to locate!
This LP set may have a slight mark or two (spider marks) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems (this is of course dependent on the sensitivity of your cartridge/arm combination - spider marks may sound on some systems, not on others - but this is a VERY CLEAN set)!

Please understand that this is a vintage record set - as such, one cannot expect the vinyl to sound like a brand new, audiophile pressing! Some noise is inevitable - for best results, always properly clean your LPs before playing them.

The LP is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: DGG 3LPs 2709 033 NM
  • Manufacturer: DGG - Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Records
  • Condition: Used

DGG 3LPs 2709 033: Richard STRAUSS Ariadne auf Naxos, 1970 PROMO

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