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Johann Strauss, Jr.

Nimbus 7954/5

Die Fledermaus

  • Julius Patzak, tenor (Gabriel von Eisenstein)
  • Hilde Güden, soprano (Rosalinde)
  • Kurt Preger, baritone (Frank)
  • Sieglinde Wagner, contralto (Prince Orlofsky)
  • Anton Dermota, tenor (Alfred)
  • Alfred Poell, baritone (Dr Falke)
  • August Jaresch, tenor buffo (Dr Blind)
  • Wilma Lipp, soprano (Adele)
Chorus of the Vienna State Opera
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Clemens Krauss
Nimbus Prima Voce NI7954/5 144m 2CDs ADD Mono Rec. in 1950
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This has always been the classic "Fledermaus" performance and with the inclusion of the tear jerking Gala Performance, one can only marvel what came out of Vienna in 1950 when the ravages and privations of war still hung dark over the city. It is a triumphant performance in all departments.

Clemens Krauss is the perfect Straussian, he conducts with eminent feel for the music and brings that old world atmosphere that has all but vanished from such performances. His team of soloists is one to die for including Patzak, Güden and Dermota at the very top of their careers and who wouldn't want to have them in any recording?

It is good that Nimbus have now branched out into the orchestral opera/operetta side instead of just strictly recitals for their Prima Voce series which has taken on a new lease of life of late. As expected, remastering is impeccable although the 1950 Decca recording was always quite good anyway. Highly recommended to those who have missed this oft reissued performance last time round.

Copyright © 2009, Gerald Fenech

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