The Merry Wives of Windsor: Overture Nicolai The Vienna State Opera Orchestra conducted by Josef Leo Gruber.
It is appropriate that you should hear The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture played by the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, for, in the 1840’s, Otto Nicolai was its resident conductor. As a child in Germany, Nicolai was unhappy, and eventually ran away, but fortune was with him in the form of a ‘patron named Adler, who sent him to study stasis in Berlin. In an age of great operas by Verdi, Wagner, Gounod, and Offenbach, this work of Nicolai ‘s was an immediate success. The composer did not have much chance to enjoy his triumph, however: he died of apoplexy two months after its first performance, aged 39.
Label: Reader’s Digest GMM-69