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Strauss: Die Fledermaus - Kleiber

Strauss: Die Fledermaus - Kleiber

Universal  4837468

Stereo/Multichannel

Classical - Opera


Strauss: Die Fledermaus

Julia Varady (Rosalinde)
Lucia Popp (Adele)
Hermann Prey (Eisenstein)
Iwan Rebroff (Prinz Orlovsky)
René Kollo (Alfred)
Bernd Weikl (Dr. Falke)
Benno Kusche (Frank)
Ferry Gruber (Dr. Blind)
Evi List (Ida)
Franz Muxeneder (Frosch)
Nikolai Lugowoi (Ivan)
Bayerischer Staatsopernchor
Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Carlos Kleiber (conductor)

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  • 2.0 LPCM 24bit/192kHz
  • 5.1 DTS HD MA 24bit/192kHz
  • Dolby Atmos 24bit/48kHz
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Comment by Gordon Lilley - October 29, 2019 (1 of 7)

On performance matters, this Fledermaus was always ruined and rendered uncompetitive by the ghastly drag-show Orlovsky from Iwan Rebroff. Why Kleiber countenanced such a thing is quite beyond belief. Especially when one considers how detailed and scrupulous he was as a musician. It would be interesting to know who was responsible for the HR transfer for the blu ray disc. Perhaps MSM, Munich.

Comment by Gordon Lilley - November 5, 2019 (2 of 7)

To answer my own question, the booklet states that the Blu-ray and CD remastering was done by Emil Berliner Studios (EBS). The Pure Audio Authoring, MSM Studios, Munich. I find that a little confusing, can anyone explain?

Comment by philip edwards - December 26, 2019 (3 of 7)

This is multichannel as well as stereo, in both 5.1 and Atmos. The sound is terrific, very clear and spacious. A real gem.

Comment by DYB - December 27, 2019 (4 of 7)

I agree with Gordon. What would otherwise have been the PERFECT recording is ruined by that Rebroff travesty... I mean, the rest of the cast is as perfect as you can get. Ugh. I will never forgive Kleiber for this!!!

Comment by Joseph Ponessa - December 27, 2019 (5 of 7)

Agree with Philip: the sound is awesome. At one point, I thought there were people elsewhere in the house, and a shiver went up my spine, but it was all on the recording! The SACD two-channel release pales by comparison.
Agree with Gordon: the falsetto parlando as well as cantando drags down the recording toward the end, and is harder to bear on repeated listenings. Nevertheless, this particular operetta is rather diffuse at the end anyway. There is no real climax, or element of surprise. The work ends in a kind of drunken effusion of good will, and the finale has on occasion devolved into a gala concert. So maybe Iwan should be taken as a guest singer here rather than part of the operetta itself, an interloper like the Jester in Swan Lake.

Comment by Dissonance - May 9, 2020 (6 of 7)

What a disappointment, an unique opportunity missed; Carlos Kleiber’s recording of Weber’s Der Freischütz will be released by Universal on Blu-ray Audio (remastered in 24-bit / 192 kHz) but sadly only in stereo: https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/8786447--weber-der-freischutz.

Comment by alan lau - Yesterday 06:04 am (7 of 7)

there's no 2.0 LPCM 24bit/192kHz soundtrack but DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. This is a mistake on the back cover. If you play the disc, you'll see the yellow buttom refers to DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. It does sound like a shit...DG doesn't want to offer the best sound quality any more. I'm not happy with it...if you wanna enjoy the real stereo sound quality of this recording, please collect the SACD edition from ESOTERIC Strauss: Die Fledermaus - Kleiber