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Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron) [Phonographe]

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Johann Strauss's second most popular opera in its first full recording, in a pirate edition of a performance originally released by Decca/London, done in the early 1950s by Clemens Krauss and the Vienna Philharmonic. The sound is mono but very closely recorded, with vivid textures, and Alfred Poell and Julius Patzak are superb as the count and Barinkay, respectively. Conductor Clemens Krauss built much of his reputation around his work with Richard Strauss, but as this recording and his Fledermaus attest, he was equally inspired with the other Strauss, despite a slow-paced opening chorus here. As with his Decca Fledermaus, there is no dialogue included, which detracts from its value for non-German speakers.

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