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|Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Johann II [Junior] Strauss, Willi Boskovsky|
Johann Strauss II: Die Fledermaus [Highlights]
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Extensive excerpts from the greatest operetta ever
D. R. Schryer | Poquoson, VA United States | 01/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is quite simply the greatest operetta ever written. The composer Johann Strauss Jr. is almost universally acknowledged as "the waltz king" for his melodically appealing waltzes. His operettas are consistent with his unique talent for writing appealing melodies and Die Fledermaus is his masterpiece. This CD presents extended excerpts from the finest performance of Die Fledermaus ever recorded, thanks in large measure to the ingrained flair for the Strauss idiom of conductor Willi Boskovsky -- a Strauss specialist -- and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. All of the singers in this performance are very good and several -- including Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Anneliese Rothenberger, and Brigitte Fassbaender -- are outstanding. Regrettably the complete operetta recording from which these excerpts are taken is no longer in print. I fervently hope that someday it will be reissued. Until then please get this outstanding abridged version, even if you have another version of this greatest of all operettas. The performance by Boskovsky and this orchestra and cast is superb and should not be missed."