That wonderful Arts channel, BBC4, aired a documentary recently featuring the 80th anniversary of Glyndebourne and I watched it with fond memories. In 1989 a friend and I were offered tickets from a relative of a colleague, and despite the very considerable cost to our pockets, we treated ourselves to a black-tied, Harrod's Champagne-hampered splash-out, taking in a Prom on the previous evening en route to East Sussex. It was a performance of Figaro, Rattle and OAE, with Peter Hall directing. The whole experience remains a vivid and delightful memory.
But to my point. A third of the documentary or so showed preparations for Der Rosenkavalier, not a work I know well at all, but by the end I was somewhat smitten, in no small part due to some considerable focus on the final trio. I think it was Felicity Lott who cried on camera, just describing the Marschallin's situation, saying she had difficulty holding herself together in every performance of that trio. After listening or watching a few versions on Spotify or You Tube, and consulting reviews, I sent for Building a Library's June 2014 top recommendation, with the Karajan, Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, et al set. It is ripping to the NAS as I write, ready for a streaming later, and I quiver with anticipation! A remarkable discovery for me.
I would be interested in others' views on this opera, and their favourite versions.