Notes and Editorial Reviews
This 1971 recording has always stirred controversy: Some feel its Viennese-ness is overdone, especially by Fischer-Dieskau as Falke, but others, like myself, just love its spiritedness and energy, and yes, even its schmaltz. Willi Boskovsky leads a lilting, light performance with just enough schlag for my taste, and I find his cast charming. Anneliese Rothenberger is a good Rosalind, missing only a certain ironic class to be ideal; Nicolai Gedda has a great time singing Eistenstein; Renate Holm’s Adele is perky and a touch acidic in a predictable way; Fischer-Dieskau is almost visual as Falke; Walter Berry’s Frank is very good; Adolf Dallapozza’s Alfred is missing just a bit of Italianate morbidezza (he breaks into “Wintersturme” where many
Alfreds opt for an Italian aria); and best of all, Brigitte Fassbaender’s Orlovsky is fabulous–funny, butch, and beautifully sung. The Vienna forces play and sing with their hearts. This is a really good choice if you need a Fledermaus, and the sound is first rate.
-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss Jr.
Brigitte Fassbaender (Mezzo Soprano),
Walter Berry (Bass Baritone),
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone),
Otto Schenk (Spoken Vocals),
Anneliese Rothenberger (Soprano),
Nicolai Gedda (Tenor)
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 1972
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