Die Fledermaus 1950
Surely a no more scintillating score exists than that composed by Johann Strauss II for his operetta Die Fledermaus. From the moment the overture starts by introducing those lively and memorable melodies, one can sense that whether sitting in the theatre or listening to a recording such as this any audience must be completely captured from the outset. The plot is witty and the setting is one that captures perfectly an era that was soon to become known as La Belle Epoch.
Any performance conducted by Clemens Krauss, an acknowledged master of the genre, with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus of the Vienna State Opera and sung by artists of distinction, all noted for their operetta interpretations and in the city that saw the première of the work, must ensure the outcome gives nothing less than immense musical pleasure.
An added attraction on this CD presentation are the internationally renowned artists Nimbus has chosen to be the ‘talented guests’ singing at the huge ball given by Prince Orlofsky at the conclusion of Act II.
Die Fledermaus Johann Strauss II
Gabriel von Eisenstein, a man of private means Julius Patzak, tenor
Rosalinde, his wife Hilde Güden, soprano
Frank, a prison governor Kurt Preger, baritone
Prince Orlofsky Sieglinde Wagner, contralto
Alfred, his singing teacher Anton Dermota, tenor
Dr Falke, a notary Alfred Poell, baritone
Dr Blind, a lawyer August Jaresch, tenor buffo
Adele, Rosalinde’s maid Wilma Lipp, soprano
The Chorus of the Vienna State Opera The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Clemens Krauss, conductor
"Why Harry Lime? Well, this production comes from postwar Vienna, and we must suppose that outside the grand opera house on Vienna's Ring, the rubble was still heaped in the bombsites and the scars of shelling still marked Franz-Joseph's imperial buildings. Despite the likelihood of such austerity and disfigurement outside in the city, the production of "Die Fledermaus" conjures up the gaiety of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at its height. It is a complete delight, with a wonderful cast of singers who had operetta in their blood, likewise the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Clemens Krauss. The Prima Voce set is beautifully produced with comprehensive notes and the sound quality is excellent for its date. The filler on Disc 2 is provided by some Viennese songs sung by the excellent Julius Patzak. This set would make the perfect gift for anyone with a love of Strauss waltzes, great music or the city of Vienna." - Hywel James
" I love this opera! In addition to the beautiful voices, it reminds me of New Year's Day in Vienna!" - Anonymous