J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus

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RELEASE DATE: 01/11/2019
2 CD + 1 Blu Ray Audio

The vaults of record companies hold many secrets. Carlos Kleiber was no exception. You could describe his recorded output as, at best, economical, but at levels that are hard to imagine anyone reaching today. In among the recorded rejections were a Boheme with Domingo and Cotrubas which is enthralling up to the point where he has a tantrum and walks out on the orchestra; an exhilarating Beethoven 4 with the Vienna Philharmonic, with not even the first movement complete (but what a ‘torso’)... But among the great and many masterworks he performed, Kleiber also loved The Mikado (surprise!) and he conducted Fledermaus often in the theatre. Here it is, remastered, ready to be heard uninterrupted on an additional BluRay Audio disc - and what a cast! Among the comprimario roles is none other than the redoubtable Ivan Rebroff. Every minute of this masterpiece sizzles and dances. It’s a two-hour happy pill, and if at some point, you aren’t dancing to it in your lounge room, go see your doctor!
Senior Vice President
Classics & Jazz, Universal Music Australia

Carlos Kleiber’s account of “Die Fledermaus” from 1975 is a highlight of his discography. Inspired by a legendary and incredibly successful staging at Munich’s State Opera, where Kleiber conducted almost all Fledermaus live performances until 1988, this studio recording in Munich’s Herkulessaal (a concert hall highly familiar to DG’s engineers) presents a lively stage atmosphere unlike any other recording. Kleiber also directs a first-class cast with Júlia Várady, an outstanding Lucia Popp, Hermann Prey, René Kollo and Bernd Weikl and an incredibly flexible orchestral sound.

“Twenty-five years after its original release there's still no recording of Die Fledermaus that, for many collectors, matches this one for the compelling freshness of its conductor's interpretation – the attention to every nuance of the score and the ability to bring out some new detail, all allied to extreme precision of vocal and instrumental ensemble.” GRAMOPHONE, 2010

CD 1

Johann Strauss (1825-1899): Die Fledermaus

1. Ouvertüre

2-12. Act 1

CD 2

1-16. Act 2

17-25. Act 3

JÚLIA VÁRADY · LUCIA POPP · HERMANN PREY · IWAN REBROFF · RENÉ KOLLO · BERND WEIKL · Bayerisches Staatsorchester · CARLOS KLEIBER – Recorded: Residenz, Herkulessaal, Munich