Romantic Period - post 1848#
Johann Strauß: Die Fledermaus (The Bat) #
For Johann Strauß; (1825 -
Vienna - 1899) styling (Illustration: the middle-aged Strauß) and
image were as important as they are for stars today. His unchanging
appearance became a trademark of a culture of discerning entertainment.
The society of the 19th c handled crisis situations better if there was
also relief in the form of dance, opera and operetta occasionaly with
extravagant music and scenery. This waltz from the overture to
Fledermaus in particular (1874) demonstrates Strauß' technique
of adding ever new themes to his delicate, melodious phrases along with
transparent harmonies that also include nuances such as sections in
minor keys. Nobody wanted to miss the feeling of apparently
never-ending movement in a lighthearted mood. (M. Saary)
© Sound: 1993 TELDEC Classics International GmbH 4509-91974-2, Interpreten: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Leitung).