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The Art Of Lotte Schöne - Recordings From 1924-1931

Release Date: 08/20/1996 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89224   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gaetano DonizettiJohann Strauss Jr.Jules MassenetAnton Rubinstein,   ... 
Performer:  Lotte SchöneHerbert JanssenJoseph HislopWilli Domgraf-Fassbaender
Conductor:  Piero CoppolaLeo BlechErich OrthmannFritz Zweig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

‘Schone’ of voice and (I’m sure) nature as well as name, this delightful soprano is one of the few for whom an average modern listener, at this distance of 60 to 70 years, does not have to make some kind of ‘historical’ adjustment. She sings with unflawed beauty of tone, technical mastery and sureness of taste; if we found these qualities in a modern singer we would take her to our hearts right away but we would not feel that, stylistically or in some other sense, we had an anachronism in our midst. Mozart is usually the great tester in this respect, but to this day there is no lovelier account of Pamina’s aria in Die Zauberflote and no Despina with more infectious gaiety and feeling for rhythm than Lotte Schone’s in these recordings from Read more 1928. As for the glimpses we have of her Gilda and Mimi, her Manon, Butterfly and Liu, there is no touch which makes us cry “Dated!” or indeed which makes us think anything other than how fortunate we would count ourselves if she were still with us and singing like that today.

It was as Liu, the slave-girl, that she won the immediate admiration of London audiences. This was at the British premiere of Turandot in 1927, when out of that cast she was everybody’s favourite singer, setting a standard by which all her successors in the role came to be judged. At that time her career was centred on Berlin, where she was an essential part of the famous ensemble under Bruno Walter. Like him, she could no longer stay in Germany when the Nazis came to power, but her career continued for a while in Paris (where she sang Melisande), and, in hiding, she managed to survive the war, even, at an advanced age, making a few private records.

Those assembled here in the Preiser collection are all taken from her best years, the first disc comprising records from the late pre-electrical era and the second having the complete run of HMV recordings from 1927 to 1931 (only the operetta duets with Wittrisch being omitted). The early items include two that were unpublished in their time, The Blue Danube and Valse caprice, both beautifully sung, and the gems are two solos from operettas, one a kind of gipsy song from Cagliostro in Wien, the other from Millocker’s Der arme Jonathan with the implausible title “Ach, wir armen Primadonnen”. The real treasures are found on the second disc, and I must mention the single failure lest nobody believe another word I say – this is Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, about which a great deal is wrong, starting with the orchestral accompaniment. For the rest, the whole sequence is a blissful one, ending with the solos from Turandot, which show exactly why the Covent Garden audience held their breath in 1927 and remembered their first Liu for ever after.'

-- Gramophone [1/1997]
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Works on This Recording

Don Pasquale: Excerpt(s) by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Lotte Schöne (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Lotte Schöne (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Lotte Schöne (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Cagliostro in Wien: Ziguenerkind, wie glänzt dein Haar by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Lotte Schöne (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Vienna, Austria 
Manon: Excerpt(s) by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Lotte Schöne (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Valse-Caprice for Piano in E flat major by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Lotte Schöne (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Russia 
Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor: Nun eilt herbei! by Otto Nicolai
Performer:  Lotte Schöne (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Berlin, Germany 
Der Obersteiger: Ja dort in den Bergen by Carl Zeller
Performer:  Lotte Schöne (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Vienna, Austria 
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D 965/Op. 129 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Lotte Schöne (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
The Geisha: Amorous Goldfish by Sidney Jones
Performer:  Lotte Schöne (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896 
Così fan tutte, K 588: Excerpt(s) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lotte Schöne (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Don Giovanni, K 527: Vedrai, carino se sei buonino by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lotte Schöne (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Un ballo in maschera: Excerpt(s) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Lotte Schöne (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Work(s) by Various
Performer:  Herbert Janssen (Baritone), Joseph Hislop (Tenor), Lotte Schöne (Soprano),
Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Piero Coppola,  Leo Blech,  Erich Orthmann,  Fritz Zweig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra

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