STRAUSS: Die Fledermaus
The complete opera plus bonus introduction CD
This set combines an acclaimed complete recording of Strauss's Die Fledermaus, starring Gabriela Fontana and Josef Hopferwieser, with a fascinating companion CD from the Opera Explained series on Naxos Educational. The Opera Explained CD introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of Die Fledermaus using the principal themes and arias taken from the complete work. Whether listening to the opera for the first time or discovering more about the history and structure of this masterly work, this is an innovative and easy way to deepen an appreciation of Strauss's genius.
From the explosive opening of the famous overture, reminiscent of a volley of champagne corks, through to the surging energy of the 'Fledermaus Waltz' and the many comic numbers, Die Fledermaus ('The Bat') is full of exuberance. The title character is Eisenstein, who is about to be imprisoned for tax misdemeanours, but is persuaded by his friend Falke to delay his imprisonment by attending a ball at the house of Prince Orlofsky in the guise of a bat. This sets the tone for a sparkling operetta, full of fun and escapism.