In this week's OCS, Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra discuss Johann Strauss Jr.'s Viennese romp Die Fledermaus, a paean to champagne and the enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment set in 19th-century Vienna. What happens when Gabriel von Eisenstein goes off to Prince Orlofsky’s ball rather than to jail?
[The musical excerpts in this OCS are taken from the EMI recording featuring Willi Boskovsky conducting the Vienna Symphony Orchestra & the Vienna State Opera Chorus. Nicolai Gedda, Eisenstein; Anneliese Rothenberger, Rosalinde; Renate Holm, Adele; Brigitte Fassbaender, Orlofsky; Adolf Dallapozza, Alfred; & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Falke. (CMS 7 69354 2)]