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Rita Streich Sings Immortal Melodies


Release Date: 03/13/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000818602   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.Camille Saint-SaënsLuigi ArditiFranz von Suppé,   ... 
Performer:  Rita Streich
Conductor:  Kurt Gaebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony OrchestraBerlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The category of light vocal music by German singers is not large, but this recording may be its historical high point. It was made in 1958, and part of its original Deutsche Grammophon liner notes are reproduced on the inside of the package. The claim of "rare, clear-as-a-bell beauty" for the voice of soprano Rita Streich is justifiable, and the various French and Italian selections are elegant -- you get an idea that the album represents a blast from the past when you notice that the packaging proclaims that the "immortal melodies" contained therein are sung "in Originalsprachen" or original languages. Saint-Saëns' Le rossignol et la rose, track 2, is an especially evocative bit of sheer vocal charm. The Read more meat of the program, however, is in the light German-language pieces of Johann Strauss II. Here the variety of Streich's personality emerges, with lusty hum coexisting side by side with endearing melancholy or artless beauty. The lack of texts is a problem for those who have no German, but this is the kind of recording that can be enjoyed to an extent without them; one doesn't need a text to appreciate the remarkably relaxed high notes that conclude many of Streich's efforts here. The sound, originally shaped right at the beginning of the time when people sometimes bought Deutsche Grammophon recordings just to experience the latest in German engineering accomplishments, has been beautifully transferred to a digital environment. The venerable Deutsche Grammophon imprint may be a pale shadow of its former self, but its staff has shown praiseworthy imagination in reissuing this long out-of-print recording, which would make a great and probably unexpected gift for any lover of operatic singing.

– James Manheim, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Rita Streich (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kurt Gaebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1883; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Parysatis: Le rose et le rossignol by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Rita Streich (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kurt Gaebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; France 
3.
Parla! by Luigi Arditi
Performer:  Rita Streich (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kurt Gaebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
4.
Die Fledermaus: Mein Herr Marquis by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Rita Streich (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kurt Gaebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Die Fledermaus: Spiel' ich die Unschuld vom Lande by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Rita Streich (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kurt Gaebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Boccaccio: Hab' ich nur deine Liebe by Franz von Suppé
Performer:  Rita Streich (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kurt Gaebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Jocelyn, Op. 100: Ah! ne t'éveille pas encor "Berceuse" by Benjamin Godard
Performer:  Rita Streich (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kurt Gaebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; France 
8.
Rusalka, Op. 114/B 203: O moon high up "Song to the moon" by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Rita Streich (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kurt Gaebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Bohemia 
9.
Le pardon de Ploërmel "Dinorah": Dors, petite by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Rita Streich (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kurt Gaebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 

Sound Samples

Voices of Spring, Op.410 (Frühlingsstimmen): Die Lerche in blaue Höh' entschwebt
Le rossignol et la rose - Arr. Kurt Gaebel
Lo spazzocamino
Jocelyn - opera in 4 Acts - Arr. Kurt Gaebel: Berceuse "Cachés dans cet asile, où Dieu nous a conduits"..."Oh, ne t'éveille pas encore"
Parla Waltz - Arr. Kurt Gaebel: "Qui nel dubbio non farmi penare"
Die Fledermaus / Act 2: "Mein Herr Marquis"
Die Fledermaus / Act 3: Nr.14 Couplets: "Spiel' ich die Unschuld vom Lande"
Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op.325: "Wenn froh des Lenzes Ruf erschallt"
Boccaccio: Hab' ich nur deine Liebe
Rusalka, Op.114 / Act 1: Mesicku na nebi hlubokém
Dinorah, ou Le pardon de Ploërmel / Act 2: Ombra leggera

Customer Reviews

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 A beautiful recording of delectable Viennese cream September 16, 2014 By Joel K. (Temecula, CA) See All My Reviews "Streich could sing these Viennese coloratura gems with the best of them, effortlessly chirping out those high notes in the best operetta style. You can't go wrong with this one." Report Abuse
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