Johann Strauss II: Blindekuh (NXP045)
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Duration: 208 minutes
Instrumentation: 1+18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124 - timp - triangle - S.D. - B. D. - cymbals - strings
Waldine (Soprano) | Betsy (Soprano)
Arabella (Soprano) | Elvira (Mezzo-Soprano)
Hellmuth Forst (Tenor) | Adolf Bothwell (Tenor)
Johann (Tenor) | Scholle (Bass-baritone) | Kragel (Tenor)
Cacilie (Soprano) | Angelica (Soprano)
Frau Sadowitt (Contralto) | Frau Sliberthau (Contralto)
Kinder (Soprano) | Baron von Hasemann (Baritone)
Leimereim (Tenor)| Quintenheim (Tenor)
Landrath Silberthau (Tenor)
Edited by Dario Salvi
Full script with lyrics and dialogues available upon request.
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’s most melodically seductive works.