J. Strauss: Eine Nacht In Venedig

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Label: CPO
Catalog: 555235-2

Blazek, Dominika; Orešcanin, Ivan; Burkert, Marius; Pratscher, Elisabeth; Odinius, Lothar; Puszta, Elena; Chae, Sangyeon; Zemann, Götz; Chor der Oper Graz; Feldhofer, Sieglinde; Geller, Alexander; Grazer Philharmonische Orchester; Hierlmeier, Stefanie

Erich Wolfgang Korngold greatly revised the comic operetta A Night in Venice by Johann Strauss (Jr.) on the basis of the libretto version by Ernst Marischka. The original Straussian version initially rapidly made its way around the world, with performances in the lands of the Danube monarchy as well as in Hamburg, Munich, and London and even in New York. Nevertheless, until the end of World War I it experienced only about five hundred performances, which means that it was clearly overshadowed by Die Fledermaus. Again and again the attempt was made to reinterpret the text with interventions revising its content. Erich Wolfgang Korngold took an additional step in 1923, when he not only adapted the text but also changed the original instrumentation and integrated inserts into the work from other operettas by Strauss, for example, from Simplicius (1880). For several reasons Korngold’s revised version was a success when it was performed at the Theater an der Wien on 25 October 1923: the stage set was lavish and magnificent, the new orchestration displayed tonal sophistication, and the great Richard Tauber was heard in the role of the Duke in quest of erotic adventures. A few years later Korngold’s version made its way to the stage of the Vienna State Opera.

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