Johann Strauss Ii: Blindekuh

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Label: NCL
Catalog: 8660434-35

Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra; Schliewa, Daniel; Bowers, James; Sofia Philharmonic Chorus; Pichler, Roman; Kumanova, Snezhina; Kunkle, Kirsten C.; Chudak, Andrea; Rohde, Julian; Davidson, Robert; Byrne, Emily K.; Vasilev, Boyan; Salvi, Dario; Bortolotti, Martina; Petrov, Peter

Blindekuh (‘Blind Man’s Buff’) was Johann Strauss II’s sixth operetta and his least known. Neglected for well over a century, it was revived by Dario Salvi and the forces on this album in January 2019. The work’s initial lack of success is hard to explain but it may have been caused by a confusing libretto – the music itself is vibrant and captivating with waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, marches and bel canto arias. Performed in a concert version without dialogue, and in accordance with performing traditions, this production restores the work to the status of one of Strauss’ most melodically seductive works. Dario Salvi is a Scottish-Italian conductor, musicologist and researcher who specializes in the restoration and performance of rare works. Salvi has conducted symphonic works, opera and operettas across Europe, the Middle East and the US. His passion is the rediscovery and performance of long-forgotten masterpieces by the likes of Suppé, Meyerbeer, Rumshinsky, Genée, Auber, and many others. He is collaborating with Naxos on recording a series on Romantic ballets, including works by Minkus, Pugni, Adam and others, and a series on Auber’s overtures and orchestral music. Two other important projects include recording the last three missing operas by Johann Strauss II and three never before recorded operatic works by Giacomo Meyerbeer.

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