JOHANN STRAUSS II (1825-1899): Ritter Pásman, Op. 441.
Catalogue Number: 05W042
Description: When the Vienna Court Opera Director Wilhelm Jahn commissioned Johann Strauss Jr. to write a ‘genuine’ opera, he readily accepted. So, he wrote Ritter Pásmán, a work the Waltz King himself regarded as his only one in this genre, although the plot is basically like an operetta. The source was the narrative Pázmán lovag by the Hungarian writer János Aranyi (1817-1882). It deals with jealousy and a kind of tit-for-tat. The premiere of the comic opera at the Vienna Court Opera on New Year’s Day 1892 was a major society event, but its artistic success lagged somewhat behind. 2 CDs. No libretto. Trudeliese Schmidt, Sona Ghazarian (sopranos), Josef Hopferwieser (tenor), Eberhard Wächter (baritone), ORF Choir, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Heinz Wallberg (live, Oct. 10, 1975).