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My Heart Alone - Operetta Arias & Duets / Kirchschlager, Keenlyside, Eschwe, Et Al


Release Date: 10/28/2008 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 728600   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Emmerich KálmánFranz LehárKarl MillöckerJohann Strauss Jr.,   ... 
Performer:  Simon KeenlysideAngelika Kirchschlager
Conductor:  Alfred Eschwé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Tempting titbits as two fine singers take us on a whirl round Vienna

Keenlyside and Kirchschläger have enchanted audiences in performances of German Lieder together for some years, and it was perhaps a natural progression for them to join up for a programme of Viennese operetta sweetmeats. The result is a tempting trailer for their live performances of the repertory later this year.

The combination of baritone and mezzo-soprano may not be an obvious one; but the inclusion of Orlofsky’s aria from Fledermaus ensures at least one example of the authentic Kirchschläger mezzo. Elsewhere each singer lightens his or her tone to great
Read more effect. If Keenlyside shows slight strain in the big tenor numbers, that’s no more than Tauber did; and if Kirchschläger prefers to duck the high note at the end of the “Vilja-Lied” then that too is no great drawback.

What impresses is not only the natural brilliance of the singers’ vocal production but also the way in which pure display is subordinated to expression of true feeling. The range of vocal dynamics is employed to telling effect. There may be more overtly sexual interpretations of the numbers from Die lustige Witwe; but the beauty of Keenlyside’s singing of the Kálmán tango “Heut’ Nacht hab’ ich von dir geträumt” and Kirchschläger’s of Stolz’s “Du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele sein” has surely never been bettered. The inclusion of less hackneyed items furthers the cause, and, aided by the contribution of an orchestra and conductor steeped in this repertory, the grace and charm of the whole compilation shine through to rare effect.

-- Andrew Lamb, Gramophone [9/2008]
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Works on This Recording

1. Die Csárdásfürstin: Weisst du es noch? by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Eschwé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Vienna, Austria 
2. Giuditta: Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Eschwé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; Vienna, Austria 
3. Die Csárdásfürstin: Tanzen möcht' ich by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Eschwé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Vienna, Austria 
4. Die lustige Witwe: Da geh' ich zu Maxim by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Eschwé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
5. Die lustige Witwe: Es lebt eine Vilja...Vilja, o Vilja by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Eschwé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
6. Die lustige Witwe: Lippen schweigen by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Eschwé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
7. Gasparone: Dunkelrote Rosen by Karl Millöcker
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Eschwé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Vienna, Austria 
8. Die Fledermaus: Ich lade mir gern Gäste ein by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Eschwé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
9. Boccaccio: Mia bella Fiorentina by Franz von Suppé
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Eschwé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Vienna, Austria 
10. Boccaccio: Hab' ich nur deine Liebe by Franz von Suppé
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Eschwé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Vienna, Austria 
11. Das Veilchen von Montmartre: Heut' Nacht hab' ich geträumt by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Eschwé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Vienna, Austria 
12. Der Favorit: Du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele sein by Robert Stolz
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Eschwé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Berlin, Germany 
13. Die Zirkusprinzessin: Wieder hinaes ins estrahlende Licht by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Eschwé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Vienna, Austria 
14. Die Tänzerin Fanny Elssler: Draussen in Sievering blüht schon der Flieder by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Eschwé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
15. Zigeunerliebe: Nur die Liebe macht uns jung by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Simon Keenlyside (Baritone), Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alfred Eschwé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Vienna, Austria 
16. Das Land des Lächelns: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Angelika Kirchschlager (Mezzo Soprano), Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alfred Eschwé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 

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