EMI 2-LPs SLS 165-1435823: Richard STRAUSS - DAPHNE - 1983 DEU
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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, represent the late flowering of German Romanticism after Richard Wagner, in which pioneering subtleties of orchestration are combined with an advanced harmonic style.

Daphne is an opera in one act by Richard Strauss, his 13th opera, subtitled "A Bucolic Tragedy in One Act". The German libretto was by Joseph Gregor. The opera is based loosely on a myth from Ovid's Metamorphoses, and also includes elements taken from The Bacchae by Euripides. The opera premiered at Dresden on October 15, 1938, originally intended as a double bill with Friedenstag, but as the scale of Daphne grew, that idea was abandoned. The conductor of the first performance was Karl Böhm, to whom the opera was dedicated.

The chaste girl Daphne sings a hymn of praise to nature. She loves the sunlight as trees and flowers do, but she has no interest in human romance. She cannot return the love of her childhood friend Leukippos, and she refuses to put on the ceremonial clothes for the coming festival of Dionysos, leaving Leukippos with the dress she has rejected.

Daphne's father Peneios tells his friends he is certain that the gods will soon return among men. He advises preparing a feast to welcome Apollo. Just then a mysterious herdsman appears. Peneios sends for Daphne to care for the visitor.

The strange herdsman tells Daphne that he has watched her from his chariot, and repeats to her phrases from the hymn to nature she sang earlier. He promises her that she need never be parted from the sun, and she accepts his embrace. But when he begins to speak of love she becomes fearful and runs out.

At the festival of Dionysos, Leukippos is among the women wearing Daphne's dress, and he invites her to dance. Believing him to be a woman she agrees, but the strange herdsman stops the dance with a thunderclap and says she has been deceived. Daphne answers that both Leukippos and the stranger are in disguise, and the stranger reveals himself as the sun-god Apollo. Daphne refuses both her suitors, and Apollo pierces Leukippos with an arrow.

Daphne mourns with the dying Leukippos. Apollo is filled with regret. He asks Zeus to give Daphne new life in the form of one of the trees she loves. Daphne is transformed, and she rejoices in her union with nature. This transformation scene, the (metamorphosis), is opulently silvery in the string section.

EMI (His Master’s Voice) Records 2-LP boxed item - RED record labels with BLACK lettering. Sporting the “Half Dog” on the label of the famous little white dog “Nipper” on both sides, in colour, GERMAN version (see pictures)
Records Made in: GERMANY
Pressing is in STEREO - DMM digital recording from 1982 - the set comes in a large, heavy cardboard box with a large and extensive libretto / book
Record Speed: 33 1/3 rpm
Records Made in: 1983
Record Catalog Number: SLS 165-1435823

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


Performed by -
Bernard Haitink, conductor
Sinfonie-Orchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Lucia Popp
Reiner Goldberg
Ortrun Wenkel
Kurt Moll
Peter Schreier
Dorothea Wirtz
Uta-Maria Flake
Ludwig Baumann
Alexander Senger
Wolfgang Vater
Matthias Holle
Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Chorus)
Gordon Kember, chorus master

Title / Music on this item / Track Listings -

The BOX is in Near Mint minus condition.
The box is completely solid and intact with no splits! It does show some light shelf wear, primarily at the corners and seams. The top lid is attached to the bottom lid of the box. Have a close look at the pictures and you will better understand and see the condition of this item.
The Box has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind.
There is NO hand writing on the front, inside or the back of the box or on the libretto.
The cover has clean and sharp colors - see pictures with this listing for more detail.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LPs are in near MINT minus condition!! - A finer copy of this vintage LP set would be very difficult to find.
The LPs retain much of the original gloss and sheen!
The records have NO serious marks on them, obviously well taken care of.
The record labels have NO significant spindle marks on them.
This is the superb copy you have always wanted in your collection - any super picky audiophile should be happy with this one!
This LP does have some light marks (spider marks mostly) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems.

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 #: EMI 2LPs - SLS 165-1435823 NM
  • Manufacturer: EMI / Electrola / Odeon / Pathe Records
  • Condition: New

EMI 2-LPs SLS 165-1435823: Richard STRAUSS - DAPHNE - 1983 DEU

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