Johann Strauss II

Csárdás ("Klänge der Heimat"), for voice & orchestra (RV 503-6)

    Description by Robert Cummings

    Die Fledermaus is Johann Strauss II's most popular operetta and indeed, his most popular large work. "Klänge der Heimat" (Sounds of my Homeland) is an aria from that effort that appears in Act II and is sung by Rosalinda to convince guests at a party that she is the Hungarian Countess she pretends to be. A csárdás, of course, is a Hungarian dance generally consisting of a slow introduction and followed by a fast section. That is the form of this aria, though the fast music does not come until about two-thirds through. On the whole, this aria is a lively, light creation that exhibits a good measure of Hungarian elements, but incorporated within that inimitable Straussian style. The text of the aria was written by Carl Haffner and Richard Genée and portrays Rosalinda's supposed strong feelings for her homeland, with its beautiful forests and fields, lively dances, and celebrations. It opens with a wistful theme of Hungarian character, then turns somewhat brighter, even playful. Still, the overall melancholy manner remains until the arrival of the fast music, in the so-called friska section. Here, the music takes on a rollicking manner and the Hungarian colors are more intense in the rhythmic, driving music that Strauss so imaginatively provides. This colorful aria has a duration of about four-and-a-half minutes.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2014 SLG Records
    2012 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 09056H
    2010 Dacapo / Zebralution
    2008 Landscape Classics / Zebralution
    2008 Denon Records 17695
    2006 Nimbus 882144
    2005 EMI Music Distribution 65577
    2001 CBC Records 5156
    1999 Great Opera Divas 703932
    1998 London/Decca / London / PolyGram 2LH 458-858
    1997 EMI Music Distribution 66252
    1996 Preiser Records 89993
    1995 Romophone 81014
    1995 Preiser Records 90083
    1994 Sony Music Distribution 46694
    1994 IRCC IRCC-CD810
    1994 EMI Music Distribution 55095
    1994 Teldec 93691
    1992 Philips 434725
    1992 Nimbus 7832
    1992 BMG 61236
    ASV CDAJA 5209
    Intersound 3486
    Legato Classics 712
    Nimbus 7812
    Denon Records 17774
    C Records 14546