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Wien, Stadt Meiner Traume

Sieczynsky / Nakajima,Akiko
Release Date: 04/12/2011 
Label:  Gramola   Catalog #: 98908   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.Franz LehárRobert StolzWalter Jurmann,   ... 
Performer:  Akiko NakajimaWolfgang Rauball
Conductor:  Niels Muus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



VIENNA, MY CITY OF DREAMS Niels Muus, cond; Akiko Nakajima (sop); Morphing Ch O GRAMOLA 98908 (60:45)


J. STRAUSS II Gypsy Baron: Overture. Emperor Waltzes. On the Beautiful Blue Danube. SIECZYNSKI Vienna, My City of Dreams. LEHÁR Der Zarewitsch: Einer wird Read more kommen. The Merry Widow: Vilja-Lied; Lippen schweigen (with Wolfgang Rauball, bar). STOLZ Der Favorit: Du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele sein. SUPPÉ Boccaccio: Hab ich nur deine Liebe. JOS. STRAUSS Pizzicato Polka. JURMANN Seven Sweethearts: You and the Waltz


While these performances may not replace your all-time favorites in this repertoire, they are in fact very good, and the disc is delightful listening for anyone who enjoys this lighter Viennese repertoire.


The real reason for a recommendation is the Japanese soprano Akiko Nakajima, who has the right voice, and has the style down perfectly. The notes speak about an operetta tradition in Japan (and in fact one verse of Suppé’s aria from Boccaccio is sung in Japanese because it is such a favorite in that country), and she seems to have absorbed it. The style and to a slight degree the timbre remind one of Beverly Sills, although Nakajima does not try any of the coloratura displays that Sills could pull off. But her legato is smooth, her phrasing is apt, and the voice has a lovely glow to it.


I wish I could be as enthusiastic about Niels Muus and his Morphing Chamber Orchestra. The conducting seems to me to lack spark—to plod along without any special lift to the phrases, and with an orchestral sound that seems a bit on the dry side. I am trying not to overstate it; the orchestral work is more than adequate and doesn’t get in the way. But it certainly doesn’t have about it the special touches that so many great conductors brought to this kind of music.


On balance, though, if you like this kind of repertoire, I can recommend the disc. Nakajima’s singing brings sufficient rewards. The recorded sound favors the singer perhaps a bit unnaturally, but not unpleasantly. The accompanying notes are adequate but not more, and the texts are given only in the language in which the music is sung.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Der Zigeunerbaron: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Niels Muus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Gläsemer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2.
Der Zarewitsch: Einer wird kommen, der wird mich begehren by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Akiko Nakajima ()
Conductor:  Niels Muus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1927; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Gläsemer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Niels Muus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Gläsemer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 11 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4.
Der Favorit: Du solist der Kaiser meiner Seele sein by Robert Stolz
Performer:  Akiko Nakajima ()
Conductor:  Niels Muus
Period: Modern 
Written: 1916 
Venue:  Gläsemer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
5.
Pizzicato Polka by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Niels Muus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Gläsemer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
6.
Die lustige Witwe: Es lebt eine Vilja...Vilja, o Vilja by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Akiko Nakajima ()
Conductor:  Niels Muus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Gläsemer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
7.
Die lustige Witwe: Lippen schweigen by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Wolfgang Rauball (), Akiko Nakajima ()
Conductor:  Niels Muus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Gläsemer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
8.
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Niels Muus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Gläsemer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 9 Minutes 59 Secs. 
9.
You and the Waltz and I, song by Walter Jurmann
Performer:  Akiko Nakajima ()
Conductor:  Niels Muus
Venue:  Gläsemer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
10.
Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume (Vienna, City of My Dreams) ("Wien, Wien, nur du allein") by Rudolf Sieczynski
Performer:  Akiko Nakajima ()
Conductor:  Niels Muus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; Austria 
Venue:  Gläsemer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
11.
Hab' ich nur deine Liebe, song (from "Boccaccio") by Franz v. Suppé
Performer:  Akiko Nakajima ()
Conductor:  Niels Muus
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Gläsemer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Der Zigeunerbaron: Overture
Wien, du Stadt meiner Traume, Op. 1
Der Zarewitsch: Act I: Einer wird kommen, der wird mich begehren
Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltz), Op. 437
Der Favorit (The Favourite): Act I: Du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele sein
Boccaccio: Act I: Hab' ich nur deine Liebe
Pizzicato-Polka
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow): Act II: Es lebt' eine Vilja (Vilja-Lied)
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow): Act III: Lippen schweigen
An der schonen, blauen Donau (The Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314
You and the Waltz and I (arr. B. Fischer)

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