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Lehar: Die lustige Witwe / Karajan, Harwood, Stratas


Release Date: 05/04/1992 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 435712   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz LehárFranz von Suppé
Performer:  Teresa StratasRené KolloMartin VantinElizabeth Harwood,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraBerlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Never, surely, has Lehhr's operetta been treated to singing and playing as purely beautiful as on this 1972 recording. The sounds of Elizabeth Harwood's entry song and "Vilja" are quite ravishing. René Kollo's Danilo, too, is neither the ageing matinée star nor the baritone of too many Merry Widow recordings, but a youthful light tenor who gives full value to words and notes. And in Teresa Stratas and Werner Hollweg (a singer who never had his due in operetta) we have a secondary couple whose unequalled purity of singing reaches a glorious height in their Act 2 duet.

No less imposing, though, is the orchestral playing, which enables us to marvel at the most exquisitely scored of all operettas. Just
Read more listen to the way Lehhr uses the strings and woodwind to conjure up the eroticism and playfulness of the piece! Time and again the heart gladdens at orchestral details missed in other recordings, with DG's digital remastering having seemingly enhanced the original sound still further.

-- Gramophone [8/1992]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Die lustige Witwe by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Teresa Stratas (Soprano), René Kollo (Tenor), Martin Vantin (Baritone),
Elizabeth Harwood (Soprano), Mechthild Gessendorf (Soprano), Manfred Röhrl (Bass),
Maria Theresa Reinoso (), Elke Grosshans (), Carol Pritchett (),
Kaja Borris (Mezzo Soprano), Catherine Ott (), Ernst Krukowski (Baritone),
Karl Renar (), Werner Krenn (Tenor), Donald Grobe (Tenor),
Zoltan Kélémén (Baritone), Werner Hollweg (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 91 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Ein Morgen, ein Mittag und ein Abend in Wien: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Die leichte Kavallerie: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 7 Minutes 39 Secs. 
4.
Die Kartenschlägerin "Queen of Spades": Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 29 Secs. 
5.
Die schöne Galatea: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1969 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 7 Minutes 30 Secs. 
6.
Die Banditenstreiche: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 7 Minutes 9 Secs. 
7.
Dichter und Bauer: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 9 Minutes 49 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Not "echt Viennese" but still beautiful! November 21, 2011 By Gustave W. (Knoxville, TN) See All My Reviews "Herbert von Karajan treats Lehar's score in a symphonic style that is a bit more Prussian than Viennese. Nevertheless, the performance and singing are gorgeous as is the DGG recording. The CD remastering is extremely well done." Report Abuse
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