JOHANN STRAUSS II (1825-1899): Blindekuh.
Catalogue Number: 04V041
Description: “Blind Man’s Buff” was Johann Strauss II’s sixth operetta (1878) 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. 2 CDs. Libretto and translation available online. Robert Davidson (bass-baritone), Kirsten C. Kunkle, Martina Bortolotti (sopranos), Roman Pichler, James Bowers (tenors), Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus; Dario Salvi.