STRAUS, OSCAR Die Lustigen Nibelungen (The Merry Nibelungs). Martin Gantner, Daphne Evangelatos, Michael Nowak, WDR Rundfunkorchester Koln / Siegfried Kohler. Capriccio

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Straus Oscar Die Lustigen Nibelungen Rundfunkorchester Koln Siegfried Kohler Capriccio

OSCAR STRAUS

Die Lustigen Nibelungen (The Merry Nibelungs)

Martin Gantner

Daphne Evangelatos

Michael Nowak

WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln / Siegfried Kohler

“At last! The reform of operetta!" exulted the critics after the first performance of the Merry Nibelungs on 12 November 1904 in the Carltheater, Vienna. Johann Strauss had been dead for five years and had taken the golden era of operetta to the grave with him. And then there appeared in Vienna one Oscar Straus, and renewed this most Viennese of all genres with a work aimed at parodying contemporary society, as in the old Paris works of Offenbach. There every punch-Iine was laughed at, every musical allusion understood. There was equal laughter at the alliterative persiflage and the musical quotations from Richard Wagner's solemnity, there was laughter at dragon's-blood sausage and the dachshund dressed as a dragon, and at the parody of the Nibelung verse metre. And Oscar Straus's overflowing melodic richness gave enjoyment. Yet what lay, barely concealed, behind it all was also accepted: an attack on military display and Germanic arrogance.

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