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The Only Operetta Album You'll Ever Need - Lčhar, Et Al


Release Date: 05/16/2000 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 72916   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz LehárFriedrich von FlotowRobert StolzJohann Strauss Jr.,   ... 
Performer:  Javier PalaciosMontserrat CaballéPlacido DomingoJerry Hadley,   ... 
Conductor:  José ColladoNello SantiRichard BonyngeWerner Eisbrenner,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Orchestra KaiserslauternLondon Symphony OrchestraMunich Radio Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This CD includes both ADD and DDD recordings.
The premise that the title of this CD suggests may be debatable, but, in any case, it offers a fine sampling of works from the world of operetta. What came to be regarded as operetta originated in Paris in the 1850s, particularly with the works of Jacques Offenbach, as an alternative to opéra comique and vaudeville. However, operetta as an art form blossomed in Vienna in the hands of such masters as Johann Strauss and, later, Franz Lehar.
Composers ranging from Offenbach to Robert Stolz are represented in performances by past masters such as Fritz Wunderlich and Mario Lanza, and fine contemporary artists such as Jerry Hadley and Frederica von Stade. Julia Migenes, in particular, offers
Read more engaging accounts of two songs by Stolz, one of the last proponents of Viennese operetta. Stolz also achieved fame as a conductor of classical operetta and his work in that capacity can also be found in this collection.
An argument could be made that a chronological ordering of the selections would provide a better overview of the genre, however, the quality and variety of the works and performances assure a fine representation and an excellent starting point for an exploration of an under-exposed art form. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Die lustige Witwe: Lippen schweigen by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Javier Palacios (Tenor), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  José Collado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
2. Martha: Ach, so fromm by Friedrich von Flotow
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Language: Italian 
3. Schön ist die Welt: Schön ist die Welt by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Jerry Hadley (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1930; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
4. Der Zarewitsch: Allein, wieder allein "Wolgalied" by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Jerry Hadley (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1927; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
5. Liebeskommando: Ich möcht' einmal wieder verliebt sein by Robert Stolz
Performer:  Julia Migenes (Soprano)
Conductor:  Werner Eisbrenner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Germany 
Language: German 
6. Der Favorit: Du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele sein by Robert Stolz
Performer:  Anna Moffo (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen Galatis Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Berlin, Germany 
Language: German 
7. Der Zarewitsch: Das Leben ruft by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Lucia Popp (Soprano)
Conductor:  Heinz Wallberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1927; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
8. Eine Nacht in Venedig: Komm in die Gondel, mein Liebchen by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Rudolf Schock (Tenor)
Conductor:  Werner Eisbrenner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1883 
Language: German 
9. Das Land des Lächelns: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ray Sinatra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
10. Die lustige Witwe: Es lebt eine Vilja...Vilja, o Vilja by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Margit Schramm (Soprano)
Conductor:  Robert Stolz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
11. Orphée aux enfers: Couplets du berger joli by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858/1874; Paris, France 
Language: French 
12. La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein: Dites-lui qu'on l'a remarqué distingué by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Paris, France 
Language: French 
13. Der Vogelhändler: Grüss euch Gott, alle miteinander by Carl Zeller
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Werner Schmidt-Bölke
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Rudolf Lamy Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
14. Der Zigeunerbaron: Als flotter Geist by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alois Melichar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Rudolf Lamy Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
15. Eine Nacht in Venedig: Ach, wie so herrlich by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Werner Eisbrenner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
16. Die Fledermaus: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Robert Stolz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
17. Die Fledermaus: Ballet Suite by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Robert Stolz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
18. Wien wird bei Nacht erst schön, Op. 216 by Robert Stolz
Performer:  Julia Migenes (Soprano)
Conductor:  Werner Eisbrenner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Period: 20th Century 
Language: German 

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