Monday, August 30, 2010

Johann Strauß II - Die Fledermaus - Nikolaus Harnoncourt



Johann Strauß II - Die Fledermaus - Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Opera | Eac, flac, cue | log, cover | 2 CD, 411 MB
May 18, 1989 | Teldec | RapidShare


Let's set aside the monster cast in this recording. All of them deliver a great theatrical performance. Powerful and charming singing. Ms. Bonney is one of my favorite sopranos, and the legend Gruberová is as great as she's always been. But the issue in this recording is Maestro Harnoncourt and the Royal Concertgebouw. Altogether, they offer us a new, fresh, elegant and spectacular recording with a sound (allow me to remark: a sound, what a sound!) seldom heard in some other recordings. Harnoncourt's reading is so meticulous that changes and challenges all Die Fledermaus recordings I have listened to. Even tho' the Kleiber DG DVD recording is one the greatest ever, I do not mind having both recordings. Bravo Maestro!


Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503)

Composed by Johann II Strauss

Performed by Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
with Werner Hollweg, Jon Thorsteinsson, Edita Gruberova, Barbara Bonney, Marjana Lipovsek, Andre Heller, Anton Scharinger, Yong-Hee Kim, Elisabeth von Magnus, Waldemar Kmentt, Andrea Poddighe, Angela Bello, Christian Boesch, Josef Protschka, Ernst Theo Richter, Jeremy Munro
Conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt




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