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Strauss: Die Fledermaus / Kleiber, Prey, Varady, Popp, Et Al


Release Date: 10/04/1999 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 457765   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Hermann PreyJulia VarádyBenno KuscheRené Kollo,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera OrchestraBavarian State Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 41 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This exciting, fun-filled Fledermaus always has had one fatal flaw, which I will get to in a moment. On the plus side are Carlos Kleiber's joyous-but-never-too-broad leadership, Lucia Popp's amazingly alluring Adele, Julia Varady's sumptuous but fun-loving Rosalinde, René Kollo's terrific, ironic Alfred (possibly his best performance on CD), and all the lower men's voices. The thorn in this set's side is the disgraceful casting of bass Ivan Rebroff as Orlovsky. He sings in a falsetto that is both ugly and annoying. It's not just campy, it's grotesque, and he wrecks the second act. Otherwise, this is a pearl of a show.

-- Robert Levine
This exciting, fun-filled Fledermaus always has had one fatal flaw, which I will get to in a moment. On the plus side are Carlos Kleiber's joyous-but-never-too-broad leadership, Lucia Popp's amazingly alluring Adele, Julia Varady's sumptuous but fun-loving Rosalinde, René Kollo's terrific, ironic Alfred (possibly his best performance on CD), and all the lower men's voices. The thorn in this set's side is the disgraceful casting of bass Ivan Rebroff as Orlovsky. He sings in a falsetto that is both ugly and annoying. It's not just campy, it's grotesque, and he wrecks the second act. Otherwise, this is a pearl of a show.

-- Robert Levine
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Works on This Recording

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Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone), Julia Varády (Soprano), Benno Kusche (Bass),
René Kollo (Tenor), Ivan Rebroff (Bass), Bernd Weikl (Baritone),
Ferry Grüber (Tenor), Lucia Popp (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1975 
Venue:  Herkules-Saal, Munich, West Germany 
Length: 100 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 

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