Published on Apr 15, 2012
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Ferdinand Leitner conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
Ultra-rare DG 20th Century Classics release.
Recorded in Munich 1961 in the presence of the composer, using Friedrich Holderlin's German translation in Five Scenes.
-First performed in Salzburg 1949.
Orchestra includes: Double Basses, Woodwinds, Trumpets, Harps and 6 Pianos.
ANTIGONE - Inge Borkh
ISMENE - Claudia Hellmann
CREON - Carlos Alexander
HAEMON - Fritz Uhl
TIRESIAS - Ernst Haeflinger
GUARD - Gerhard Stolze
MESSENGER - Kim Borg
EURYDICE - Hetty Plumacher
CHORUS LEADER - Keith Engen
ELDERS OF THEBES
It is recommended to have a translation when listening to this recording.
Since there are 4 recordings of Orff's Antigonae available, my personal favorite is Wolfgang Sawallisch's live recording from 1958. It is not only vividly realistic on every level, but when compared to Leitner's it is almost a completely different piece of music! I decided to post Leitner's recording because Orff was in the studio during its making, it is the only studio recording with beautifully recorded sound...and of its extreme rarity!
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