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Golden Operetta Of Vienna


Release Date: 06/02/2009 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1049   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz LehárCarl ZellerKarl MillöckerRichard Tauber,   ... 
Performer:  Nicolai GeddaEmmy LooseWilma LippElisabeth Schwarzkopf,   ... 
Conductor:  Otto AckermannRudolf MoraltRobert StolzFritz Mareczek,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraVienna Symphony OrchestraVienna State Opera Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A compilation like this is aimed at listeners with a fleeting interest in operetta, wanting to hear a number of lollipops sung by famous singers of the past rather than the operetta aficionado, who probably has all this music already, possibly also many of these recordings. The first four tracks, from the legendary Columbia series of operettas that by many are still regarded as the best ever. With Schwarzkopf, Loose, Kunz and Gedda on top form they are self-recommending and so is Rita Streich’s Spiel’ ich die Unschuld from Karajan’s Fledermaus in the same series. The complete sets have been reviewed on Musicweb ( Das Land des Read more Lächelns , Die lustige Witwe, Die Fledermaus ). But there are many other tracks to treasure. The young Fritz Wunderlich, fresh and ardent, partnered by Friederike Sailer in a couple of duets; Rudolf Schock’s Volgalied, brilliant and heroic and with sensitive phrasing but the high pianissimo notes sung falsetto; Wilma Lipp, lively and charming but a little uneven; Julius Patzak, almost 60 and a little drier of tone than on his earlier recordings, but his Viennese charm and dialect are more than compensation; Jussi Björling’s unsurpassed Ich hab kein Geld sung in Swedish but so uninhibitedly brilliant. Only the reverse side to the original 78rpm, Au Mont Ida, can challenge the beauty and thrust; Richard Tauber, like Patzak recorded late in his career but his inimitable caressing of phrases is there; Sena Jurinac’s Klänge der Heimat, recorded in 1950 and with lovely tone but I have heard readings with more Hungarian lilt and her final note is a scream.

The transfers are acceptable and the booklet has notes on the music and artist biographies. If the repertoire is attractive readers can safely invest in this disc, knowing that most of the singers are on admirable form.


-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Die lustige Witwe: Wie eine Rosenknospe by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (Voice), Emmy Loose (Voice)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2.
Der Vogelhändler: Ich bin die Christel von der Post by Carl Zeller
Performer:  Wilma Lipp (Voice)
Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
3.
Das Land des Lächelns: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (Tenor)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
4.
Die lustige Witwe: Es lebt eine Vilja...Vilja, o Vilja by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
5.
Die Lustige Witwe: Heia, Mädel aufgeschaut by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Erich Kunz (Voice), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Voice)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
6.
Giuditta: Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Hilde Gueden (Voice)
Conductor:  Robert Stolz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
7.
Der Zarewitsch: Hab' nur dich allein by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Friederike Sailer (Voice), Fritz Wunderlich (Voice)
Conductor:  Fritz Mareczek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1927; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
8.
Der Zarewitsch: Allein, wieder allein "Wolgalied" by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Rudolf Schock (Voice)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1927; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
9.
Der Obersteiger: Sei nicht bös' by Carl Zeller
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Voice)
Conductor:  Fritz Mareczek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
10.
Der Vogelhändler: Wie mein Ahnl zwanzig Jahr "Nightingale" by Carl Zeller
Performer:  Julius Patzak (Voice)
Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
11.
Der Bettelstudent: Nur das eine bitt'ich by Karl Millöcker
Performer:  Friederike Sailer (Voice), Fritz Wunderlich (Voice)
Conductor:  Fritz Mareczek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
12.
Die Dubarry: Ich schenck mein herr by Karl Millöcker
Performer:  Anneliese Rothenberger (Voice)
Conductor:  Werner Schmidt-Bölke
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
13.
Der Bettelstudent: Ich hab kein Geld by Karl Millöcker
Performer:  Jussi Björling (Voice)
Conductor:  Nils Grevillius
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
14.
Old Chelsea: My heart and I by Richard Tauber
Performer:  Richard Tauber (Voice)
Conductor:  Henry Geehl
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
15.
Die Fledermaus: Spiel' ich die Unschuld vom Lande by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Rita Streich (Voice)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
16.
Die Fledermaus: Klänge der Heimat "Czardas" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Sena Jurinac (Voice)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
17.
Gräfin Mariza: Komm Zigány by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Rudolf Schock (Voice)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Period: Post-Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
18.
Gräfin Mariza: Komm mit nach Varasdin by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Sari Barabas (Voice), Rupert Glawitsch (Voice)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 

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