WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Lehar: Friederike / Wallberg, Donath, Dallapozza, Fuchs, Finke, Stadler


Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 6055127   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Lehár
Performer:  Martin FinkeGabriele FuchsHarry KalenbergHelen Donath,   ... 
Conductor:  Heinz Wallberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio ChorusMunich Radio Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Length: 1 Hours 35 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's one of the best-known love stories in the history of German literature: the brief but intense affair between the young Goethe and the 17-year-old Friederike Brion, daughter of a Strasbourg parish priest. Germany's national poet as an operetta tenor? Conservative thinkers were horrified, but Léhar's sensitive singspiel – a genre that Goethe himself was fond of – avoids the crowing gestures typical of operetta and combines a copy of a historic style with simple songs and carefully nuanced instrumentation. So much so that even the sceptics came around… In the 1981 first recording Adolf Dallapozza as a passionate Goethe and Helen Donath, touching as Friederike, "bring out all the richness and variety of the score". It's one of the best-known love stories in the history of German literature: the brief but intense affair between the young Goethe and the 17-year-old Friederike Brion, daughter of a Strasbourg parish priest. Germany's national poet as an operetta tenor? Conservative thinkers were horrified, but Léhar's sensitive singspiel – a genre that Goethe himself was fond of – avoids the crowing gestures typical of operetta and combines a copy of a historic style with simple songs and carefully nuanced instrumentation. So much so that even the sceptics came around… In the 1981 first recording Adolf Dallapozza as a passionate Goethe and Helen Donath, touching as Friederike, "bring out all the richness and variety of the score". Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Friederike by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Martin Finke (Tenor), Gabriele Fuchs (Soprano), Harry Kalenberg (Voice),
Helen Donath (Soprano), Gustl Datz (Voice), Adolf Dallapozza (Tenor),
Maria Stadler (Voice)
Conductor:  Heinz Wallberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1928; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A Wonderful Forgotten Jewel . March 14, 2014 By Joseph Erdeljac (West Chester, PA) See All My Reviews "Friederike is a forgotten jewel in the realm of operetta. It is filled with beautiful melodies so reminiscent of the grand era of operetta. There is not a miscast person in the lot and each does amazing work in delivering a vital and moving rendition of this piece. The only regrettable drawback to this disc is the omission of a full text which would make the listening more enjoyable, being that it is sung in German. Here are melodies that will lift you to the heights of delight and keep you engrossed from beginning to end." Report Abuse
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook