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Premiered only sixty years ago, Strauss’s penultimate opera has never become mainstay repertoire, so this recording is an excellent opportunity to view the work: it certainly has its longueurs, but much of the music is gorgeous and this performance does it justice. Andrew Litton conducts the well-oiled machine of the Deutsche Oper Orchestra with élan, and the cast is very strong. Manuela Uhl is an excellent protagonist, glamorous of both voice and person, and capable of sustaining Strauss’s long vocal arches. Mark Delavan’s rich-toned Jupiter is equally assured and tireless, and Matthias Klink as Midas contends remarkably successfully with one of Strauss’s killingly high tenor roles. Kirsten Harms’ 2011 production is clear and precise, its updating neatly highlighting the timelessness of fiscal folly, and Miriam Hoyer’s direction for video is exemplary. Worth investigating if you fancy a Strauss rarity.

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