J. Strauss, Jr.: Die Fledermaus / Karajan, Gueden, Kmentt, Resnik

Release Date: 9/13/2011
Label: Alto
Catalog Number: MOB4420184
Number of Discs: 2

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$14.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Legendary recording of Strauss II's opera, featuring some of the greatest opera stars of the mid-twentieth century. In addition to the opera itself - which features Hilde Gueden, Regina Resnik, Waldemar Kmentt, Erberhard Waechter, Walter Berry, and Erich Kunz - the Gala Scene includes appearances by Renata Tebaldi, Mario Del Monaco, Joan Sutherland, and Leontyne Price. Von Karajan is at the peak of his mastery of the conductor's podium.

“The performance has all the sparkle one could ask for. If anything Karajan is even more brilliant than before and the Decca recording scintillating. Hilde Gueden is a deliciously vivacious Rosalinde, a beautifully projected interpretation. The Karajan ‘gala performance’ featured Decca stars appearing in their turn at the cabaret - in the Orlovsky Ball sequence. This was a famous tradition of performances at the New York Met in the early years of the 20th Century.” -- Penguin Guide

“I predicted… that this 27-year-old Karajan version would present strong competition when it appeared on CD, and so it proves. …It represents the high watermark of the Culshaw concept of production and indeed of the Golden Age of recording in Vienna. Today it is impossible to assemble a cast almost exclusively chosen from the ensemble of a single opera house under a conductor who has worked with them over many years. That is what happens here, and the unanimity of purpose and of idiom is all the more marked by comparison with the more polyglot casts on the rival sets.” -- Gramophone
Works on This Recording
1. Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer: Erika Köth (Soprano), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Fernando Corena (Bass), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano), Erich Kunz (Baritone), Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano), Hilde Gueden (Soprano), Ettore Bastianini (Baritone), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Mario Del Monaco (Tenor), Martin Klein (Tenor), Giuseppe Zampieri (Tenor), Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor), Jussi Björling (Tenor), Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano), Walter Berry (Bass Baritone), Erika Schubert (Mezzo Soprano), Leontyne Price (Soprano), Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano), Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Die lustige Witwe: Es lebt eine Vilja...Vilja, o Vilja by Franz Lehár
Performer: Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1905 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Domino by Louis Ferrari
Performer: Fernando Corena (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1951 ;
4. My Fair Lady: I could have danced all night by Frederick Loewe
Performer: Birgit Nilsson (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956 ; USA
5. Lullaby by Felix Lavilla
Performer: Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
6. Passione by Vincenzo Alente
Performer: Mario Del Monaco (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
7. Il bacio by Luigi Arditi
Performer: Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1860 ; Italy
8. Das Land des Lächelns: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz by Franz Lehár
Performer: Jussi Björling (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1929 ; Vienna, Austria
9. Porgy and Bess: Summertime by George Gershwin
Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935 ; USA
10. Annie Get Your Gun: Anything You Can Do by Irving Berlin
Performer: Ettore Bastianini (Baritone), Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946 ; USA
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