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Kálmán: Die Csárdásfürstin Highlights / Mattes, Gedda

Kalman / Mattes
Release Date: 11/22/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 86875   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Willi BrokmeierWolfgang AnheisserAnneliese RothenbergerNicolai Gedda,   ... 
Conductor:  Willy Mattes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews





This reissue on EMI?s midpriced ?Encore? series restores to the catalog one of the most infectious of the many classic recordings from that label?s important survey of Viennese operettas from the 1960s and early 1970s. EMI released this Csárdásfürstin in 1971 and it retains the tubby, over-reverberant acoustics of many of its recordings of that vintage. This time, though, the production has been stripped of dialogue and re-packaged as a single disc of musical excerpts, a fact likely to please the casual lover of operetta music. Actually, very little significant musical material is missing here. Read more Only the Vorspiel , the act I finale (actually, a reprise), and the Entr?actes to acts II and III are missing, along with a number in the original recording that had been imported from the operetta Das Veilchen vom Montmarte. Yet another number that had been included in the second act of the original recording (the duet for Edwin and Boni, ?Nimm Zigeuner, deine Geige?) has been transposed back to its original third act context.


But the glories of this release were the voices, and Willy Mattes?s cannily idiomatic feel for the rhythms of this pulsing score. Anneliese Rothenberger?s rich soprano was rarely caught as satisfyingly as in her clearly articulated Sylva, come to life from the beginning of her entrance number, ?Heia, heia, in den Bergen ist mein Heimatland.? The comic panache of baritone Willi Brokmeier as Boni is swaggeringly present throughout, and the incomparable Nicolai Gedda is caught in clear, ringing voice. Only mezzo Olivera Miljakovic, the Countess Stasi, comes across as a disappointment, her voice hooty and unfocused at full volume, though lovely at pianissimo.


Uniting all this is the tightly sprung, detailed contribution of the Graunke Symphony Orchestra under Willy Mattes, who teases a loving and idiomatic, dancing rubato from practically every number. Nothing is routine, with instrumental interludes, as in the ?Swallow Duet? multilayered and subtle, played with a commitment rarely associated with such light repertoire. If you do not find yourself humming and tapping to the catchy ?Das ist die Liebe,? or feel a catching in your throat from Gedda?s broad refrain in ?Weiss du es noch?? you are not human. Or, at least, you are insusceptible to the charms of Viennese opera. No text is provided, but a detailed synopsis is keyed to the tracks. Warmly recommended.


FANFARE: Christopher Williams
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Works on This Recording

1.
Die Csárdásfürstin (The Gypsy Princess), operetta: Act 1. Heia, heia, in den Bergen is mein Heimatla by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Willi Brokmeier (), Wolfgang Anheisser (), Anneliese Rothenberger ()
Conductor:  Willy Mattes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu, München 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2.
Die Csárdásfürstin (The Gypsy Princess), operetta: Act 1. Alle sind wir Sünder - Die Mädis, die Mädi by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Willi Brokmeier (), Wolfgang Anheisser ()
Conductor:  Willy Mattes
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu, München 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3.
Die Csárdásfürstin (The Gypsy Princess), operetta: Act 1. Sylvia, ich will nur dich - Ja, Mädchen gi by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Anneliese Rothenberger (), Nicolai Gedda ()
Conductor:  Willy Mattes
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu, München 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
Die Csárdásfürstin (The Gypsy Princess), operetta: Act 1. Aus ist's mit der Liebe - Ganz ohne Weiber by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Willi Brokmeier ()
Conductor:  Willy Mattes
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu, München 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
5.
Die Csárdásfürstin (The Gypsy Princess), operetta: Act 1. O jag dem Glück nicht nach - Heißa, so ver by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Wolfgang Anheisser (), Willi Brokmeier (), Anneliese Rothenberger (),
Nicolai Gedda ()
Conductor:  Willy Mattes
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu, München 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
6.
Die Csárdásfürstin (The Gypsy Princess), operetta: Act 2. Erstrahlen die Lichter by Emmerich Kálmán
Conductor:  Willy Mattes
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu, München 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
7.
Die Csárdásfürstin (The Gypsy Princess), operetta: Act 2. Ich warte auf das große Wunder - Machen wi by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Olivera Miljakovic (), Nicolai Gedda ()
Conductor:  Willy Mattes
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu, München 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
8.
Die Csárdásfürstin (The Gypsy Princess), operetta: Act 2. Heller Jubel - Weißt du es noch by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (), Anneliese Rothenberger ()
Conductor:  Willy Mattes
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu, München 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
9.
Die Csárdásfürstin (The Gypsy Princess), operetta: Act 2. Liebchen, mich reißt es - Hurra, hurra! Ma by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Anneliese Rothenberger (), Nicolai Gedda (), Olivera Miljakovic (),
Willi Brokmeier ()
Conductor:  Willy Mattes
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu, München 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
10.
Die Csárdásfürstin (The Gypsy Princess), operetta: Act 2. Mädel, guck: Männer gibt's ja genug - Das by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Olivera Miljakovic (), Willi Brokmeier ()
Conductor:  Willy Mattes
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu, München 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
11.
Die Csárdásfürstin (The Gypsy Princess), operetta: Act 2. Tanzen möcht' ich - Tausend kleine Engel s by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (), Anneliese Rothenberger ()
Conductor:  Willy Mattes
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu, München 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
12.
Die Csárdásfürstin (The Gypsy Princess), operetta: Act 3. Nimm, Zigeuner, deine Geiger - Jaj Mamám, by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Willi Brokmeier (), Wolfgang Anheisser (), Anneliese Rothenberger ()
Conductor:  Willy Mattes
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu, München 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
13.
Die Csárdásfürstin (The Gypsy Princess), operetta: Act 3. Mädel, guck - Das ist die Liebe by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Willi Brokmeier (), Olivera Miljakovic ()
Conductor:  Willy Mattes
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu, München 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
14.
Die Csárdásfürstin (The Gypsy Princess), operetta: Act 3. Tausend kleine engel singen by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Anneliese Rothenberger (), Willi Brokmeier (), Olivera Miljakovic (),
Nicolai Gedda ()
Conductor:  Willy Mattes
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  Bürgerbräu, München 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 

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