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Lehar: Das Land des Lachelns highlights / Boskovsky


Release Date: 11/22/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 86877   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Lehár
Performer:  Helen DonathMartin FinkeSiegfried JerusalemBrigitte Lindner
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio ChorusMunich Radio Symphony OrchestraBavarian Radio Womens' Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although the recording from the 1950s featuring Nicolai Gedda and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf remains the iconic version of this operetta, and the composer’s own recordings, especially the excerpts with Richard Tauber, are not to be missed, this 1982 release, here condensed for EMI’s midpriced ‘Encore’ series, quietly established itself as the only strong contender from the modern stereo era, abounding in subtle, idiomatic details and fine singing. As with other issues in the series, the original dialogue has been excised, though precious little of musical consequence. You will not find the eight-minute overture, nor the extended act I finale, the opening sequence of the second act, nor about half of Read more the act II finale. What you have is everything else, including all the music from the final act.

Donath’s unique combination of creamy tone and tight vibrato amounts to a keenly controlled and radiant Lisa, girlish in the tea song, tragic in the final confrontation. She is the clear star of this production. Martin Finke gives us a small-voiced Gustl, with hissing sibilants. Brigitte Lindner is a bit heavy-voiced for her part, but with an appealing gleam in her upper register. Their ‘Meine Liebe, deine Liebe’ duet is a bit too driven and hectoring, but that is mostly Boskovsky’s doing. The reprise in act III, however, is touching in its delicacy.

For his part, Jerusalem’s voice has seldom sounded so effortless and flexible, baritonal in its lower register, bright, ringing, and evenly produced. There are some tuning problems at the end of ‘Von Apfelblüten,’ and he shows a tendency to sink flat in his upper register. But he comes through thrillingly in ‘Dein ist mein ganzes Herz.’

As should be no surprise from his many recordings with Vienna orchestras, including the New Year’s concerts, Willi Boskovsky has the idiomatic measure of this style, rubatos shaped naturally, dance numbers rhythmically pointed. His attention to detail imparts an almost symphonic quality to the raucous kaleidoscope of orchestral colors and textures. Lehár’s style can at times seem claustrophobic, but there is a Schwung and exaltation about the orchestral playing and chorus (in the opening of act III) that is downright breezy. No text is provided.

Heartily recommended. My only complaint is that there is insufficient space between individual tracks on the disc.

FANFARE: Christopher Williams
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Works on This Recording

1.
Das Land des Lächelns: Hoch soll sie leben by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Helen Donath (Soprano), Martin Finke (Tenor)
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Das Land des Lächelns: Freunderl, mach' dir nix draus by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Martin Finke (Tenor), Helen Donath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Das Land des Lächelns: Ich trete ins Zimmer by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor)
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Das Land des Lächelns: Bei einem Tee en deux by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor), Helen Donath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Das Land des Lächelns: Von Apfelblüten einen Kranz by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor)
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Das Land des Lächelns: Wer hat die Liebe uns ins Herz by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor), Helen Donath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Das Land des Lächelns: Im Salon zur blau'n Pagode by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Brigitte Lindner (Soprano)
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Das Land des Lächelns: Meine Liebe, deine Liebe by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Brigitte Lindner (Soprano), Martin Finke (Tenor)
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Das Land des Lächelns: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor)
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Das Land des Lächelns: Ich möcht' wieder einmal die Heimat by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Helen Donath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Das Land des Lächelns: Liebe besiegt by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Helen Donath (Soprano)
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Womens' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Das Land des Lächelns: Zig, zig, zig by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Martin Finke (Tenor), Brigitte Lindner (Soprano)
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Das Land des Lächelns: Wie rasch verwelkte doch by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Brigitte Lindner (Soprano)
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Das Land des Lächelns: Dieselbe Sonne by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Martin Finke (Tenor), Brigitte Lindner (Soprano), Helen Donath (Soprano),
Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor)
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 

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