Album: Strauss, Salome – Bullock et al (CHANDOS)
Sunday 07 December 2008
Sung in Tom Hammond's English translation, Richard Strauss's setting of Oscar Wilde's play comes over with authority, due to Susan Bullock's perfect traversal of the heroine's innocence-to-depravity arc and conductor Charles Mackerras's placing of the score as refined voluptuousness with some kicks along the way.
The Philharmonia plays at the top of its game, with standouts from Sally Burgess's matter-of-fact Herodias, John Graham-Hall's tightly wound Herod and John Wegner's fervent John the Baptist.
Pick of the Album: Mackerras's glamorous 'Dance of the Seven Veils'
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TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride
FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 A politically correct lefty goes to see Top Gear live – you'll probably believe what happened next
- 3 Young Preston fan has play-off hero Jermaine Beckford's shirt stolen from him at Wembley - which then appears for sale on Gumtree
- 4 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 5 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
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The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people