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Lehar & Co. / Richard Tauber


Release Date: 02/12/2013 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 90802   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.Franz LehárEmmerich KálmánCarl Zeller,   ... 
Performer:  Richard TauberVera SchwarzCarlotta VancontiJarmila Novotná
Conductor:  Franz Lehár
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A charming collection.

There have already been a number of very satisfactory Richard Tauber collections; notably the Naxos releases which had better packaging than this one including full details of the tenor’s orchestral backing - omitted by Preiser - as well as useful notes by Peter Dempsey. As my fellow reviewer, Arthur Baker commented about this earlier Naxos release: “The transfers throughout (by David Lennick) are excellent and this must be one of the best Tauber CDs available. It is however already a well-filled market as there are already many Tauber transfers, some available so cheap that even Naxos prices are seriously undercut… However this disk is excellent in all respects and is recommended.”
Read more /> So this newcomer enters a crowded market. The attraction here is that this Preiser has splendid re-mastering by tonzauber, Vienna, all from Odeon recordings that must have been in first class condition. The singer’s unmistakable well-loved timbre, the deeply felt delivery, the undeniable sincerity all shine through. As Tauber remembered King George V telling him, “You sing with not your throat, but with your heart.” To which Tauber replied: “Your Majesty, you have just stated precisely the highest goal and the supreme law of the art of singing.”

The present collection includes not one but two widely spaced recordings (1929 and 1946, sung in English) of the song so indelibly associated with Richard Tauber, ‘You are my Heart’s Delight’ from Lehár’s The Land of Smiles.There also many more delights. For me these include: ‘Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert’ from Lehár’s late opera, Giuditta, ‘Da draussen im duftenden Garten’ from Oscar Straus’s Ein Walzertraum, ‘Im chambre séparée’ from Heuberger’s Der Opernball and Sieczynsky’s (and Tauber’s) tribute to Vienna, ‘Wien, Du Stadt meiner Träume.’

The booklet notes - uncredited - read well, covering Tauber’s life; his career in opera as well as operetta in films as well as stage, and his long-standing association with Lehár. We learn that despite his very ordinary looks, he had immense charm and loved good-living. Even so, his marriages were unhappy and he had financial difficulties.

A charming collection and well re-mastered but this market is crowded and the choice wide.

-- Ian Lace, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Der Zigeunerbaron: Als flotter Geist by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
2.
Eine Nacht in Venedig: Treu sein, das liegt mir nicht by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1924 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3.
Die Fledermaus: Dieser Anstand, so manierlich by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Vera Schwarz (Voice), Richard Tauber ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
4.
Die lustige Witwe: Es lebt eine Vilja...Vilja, o Vilja by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1932 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5.
Die lustige Witwe: Lippen schweigen by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1932 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
6.
Frasquita: Hab ein blaues Himmelbett by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Period: Post-Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1924 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
7.
Friederike: O Mädchen, mein Mädchen by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1928; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
8.
Das Land des Lächelns: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Conductor:  Franz Lehár
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1946 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
9.
Paganini: Gern hab' ich die Frau'n geküsst by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1925 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10.
Der Zarewitsch: Allein, wieder allein "Wolgalied" by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1927; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1927 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
11.
Der Zarewitsch: Kosende Wellen... Warum hat jeder Frühling by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Carlotta Vanconti (Voice), Richard Tauber ()
Period: Post-Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1927 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
12.
Giuditta: Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Conductor:  Franz Lehár
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1934 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
13.
Giuditta: Schön wie die blaue Sommernacht by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Jarmila Novotná (Voice), Richard Tauber ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1934 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
14.
Gräfin Mariza: Grüß mir mein Wien by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1924 
Date of Recording: 1924 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
15.
Die Zirkusprinzessin: Wenn man das Leben... Zwei Märchenaugen by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Period: Modern 
Written: 1912 
Date of Recording: 1927 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
16.
Der Vogelhändler: Wie mein Ahn'l zwanzig Jahr by Carl Zeller
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
17.
Ein Walzertraum: Da draußen im duftenden Garten by Oscar Straus
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907 
Date of Recording: 1932 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
18.
Der Opernball: Im chambre séparée "Midnight Bells" by Richard Heuberger
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1931 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
19.
Bruder Straubinger: Küssen ist keine Sünd by Edmund Eysler
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
20.
Sissy: Die Liebe kommt, die Liebe geht by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Period: Post-Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1933 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
21.
Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume (Vienna, City of My Dreams) ("Wien, Wien, nur du allein") by Rudolf Sieczynski
Performer:  Richard Tauber ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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