Notes and Editorial Reviews
Ferenc Fricsay had been General Music Director of the Städtische Oper (today's Deutsche Oper) and Chief Conductor of the RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin (today's Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin) for only two months when he recorded this production of Die Fledermaus in eight days. Director Heinz Tietjen worked out the dialogues in such a way that they fit the medium of the radio. Fresh, eleastic tempi, a homogeneous, precise overall performance, first-rate soloists like Peter Anders (Gabriel von Eisenstein), Rita Streich (Adele) and Helmut Krebs (Alfred), dialogues as one would hear them in radio play: Ferenc Fricsay's radio production of Die Fledermaus is not simply a historical but also a musically inspiring document. The historical publicactions at Audite are based, without exception, on the original tapes from broadcasting archives. In general these are the original analogue tapes, which attain an astonishingly high quality, even measured by today's standards, with their tape speed of up to 76 cm/sec. The remastering - professionally competent and sensitively applied - also uncovers previously hidden details of the interpretations. Thus, a sound of superior quality results. CD publications based on private recordings from broadcasts cannot be compared with these. Recording from 1949.