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Opera Explained: STRAUSS - Die Fledermaus (Smillie)

Opera Explained
An Introduction to... STRAUSS: Die Fledermaus

Author: Thomson Smillie
Narrator: David Timson
1 CD
8-page booklet
Naxos 8.558070
ISBN: 1-84379-086-6

Die Fledermaus is one of the few operatic works to which the phrase 'never a dull moment' can be truthfully applied. From the explosive opening of the famous overture - reminiscent of a volley of champagne corks - through the surging energy of the 'Fledermaus Waltz' and the many comic numbers, of which the accelerando trio is the finest, up to such huge concerted numbers as the 'Duidu' finale to Act II, this is an operetta which almost incarnates nostalgia.

Thomson Smillie and David Timson infuse their exploration of Die Fledermaus with as much life as the operetta itself. The most rewarding and memorable extracts are included, and the whole piece is tantalisingly introduced - a trip to see it has to be the next step! Timson begins, "'Nostalgia', as the saying goes, 'may not be what it used to be,' but thank goodness we still have Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus!"

Strauss II, Johann

  An Introduction to STRAUSS: Die Fledermaus
1.   Introduction to Die Fledermaus 00:02:21
2.   Opera or operetta 00:03:33
3.   The history of the times and the Strauss family 00:07:58
4.   The background to Die Fledermaus and the overture 00:09:43
5.   The story begins 00:05:46
6.   Dr Falke 00:06:38
7.   Act I - Finale 00:05:52
8.   Act II - Prince Orlofsky's palace 00:05:01
9.   Mistaken identities 00:06:10
10.   Rosalinde's Czardas 00:03:58
11.   Act II - Finale 00:05:45
12.   Strauss dance numbers 00:06:18
13.   Act III - in the jail 00:04:02
14.   The Bat's revenge 00:06:20

Total Playing Time: 01:19:25

Strauss II, Johann

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.558070

Barcode: 0636943807026

Boxset: 8.660913-15

Physical Release: 01/2003

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