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Strauss II: Eine Nacht in Venedig / Streich, Gedda, Rothenberger, Prey, Allers

Notes & Reviews:

Johann Strauss's Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice) is a three-act operetta with a libretto by F. Zell and Richard Genee. The operetta's farcical story is loosely based on Le Chateau Trompette by Richard Genee and Eugene Cormon. The tale takes place in eighteenth-century Venice and involves several cases of mistaken identity that eventually lead to love.

The premier in 1883 was a total flop: despite an appealing Meditarranean atmosphere, Johann Strauss's sparkling melodies, and the comic potential of the story, weaknesses in the libretto stood in the way of the work's success. Only after a thorough reworking did the operetta find favor with audience. For his 1968 Electrola recording of the arrangement by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Franz Allers introduced further musical and dramatic changes with the aim of making the story more comprehensible and giving the characters sharper contours. This recording features tenor Nicolai Gedda in the lead role of Guido.

MusicWeb International, 13th November 2013
Hermann Prey and Anneliese Rothenberger are, as one would expect, superb in their delivery of the interpolated material. One is grateful to hear their music so well done. Rita Streich also sounds good, more substantial in tone than in many of her recordings.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013
An unusual version of Strauss's umptuous operetta that borrows material from Karneval in Rom and Casanova to boost Rothenberger's presence as Constantina.


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