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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Sings Operetta

Schwarzkopf / Chorus & Philharmomonia / Ackerman
Release Date: 06/14/2011 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1122   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard HeubergerCarl ZellerFranz LehárJohann Strauss Jr.,   ... 
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Conductor:  Otto AckermannHerbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I kept listening through the whole recital and ended up playing it once again from beginning to end. Absolutely marvellous!

The first thirteen tracks on this disc were issued in the 1950s as an LP. It immediately became a classic – and has so remained. The sound was very good for its time and this transfer sounds magnificently well. The programme is delectable, every song is a gem and – most important of all – Elisabeth Schwarzkopf has never been surpassed as an operetta singer. She was a great opera singer too: Mozart, Richard Strauss but also ventured into the Italian repertoire and sang Mrs Ford and Liù on complete recordings. All through her career she also championed the song repertoire: Mozart, Schubert and
Read more Hugo Wolf being particular favourites. Being an immensely sophisticated singer one might think she was too refined for down-to-earth operetta. But it is the other way round. Many of the great operetta roles are refined women. If in provincial performances they can seem pretty plain, when ennobled by a singer who can find the many subtle nuances, then the characters become real persons. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf was that kind of singer. She had a glorious voice when she was in her prime, as here, but that’s only half the secret. It’s the way she turns the phrases, caresses the melodies, gives ‘face’ to the characters. Elegance, charm and a twinkle in the eye – that’s the essence of Schwarzkopf.
 
There have been other good operetta singers: Lotte Lehmann and Elisabeth Schumann from an earlier generation, Hilde Güden from Schwarzkopf’s own, Rita Streich and Anneliese Rothenberger from the generation after are singers that I enjoy immensely – but Schwarzkopf enthrals me. Among other things she has that hard-to-describe but irresistible Viennese lilt that only natives can produce. But Schwarzkopf wasn’t Viennese, she was German, born in Prussia, in Jarotschin, which today is situated in Poland. She had her musical training in Berlin and didn’t come to Vienna until the early 1940s. But though going on 30 she managed to adopt that Viennese atmosphere more completely than any other singer, and one need only listen to the delightful song from Der Opernball, that opens the recital, to hear this and be enchanted. It was my intention to just dip into some of the numbers just to make sure memory hadn’t deceived me. It hadn’t and I kept listening through the whole recital and ended up playing it once again from beginning to end. That’s praise, indeed!
 
I didn’t make any notes, once I had started listening, but every track is worth an in-depth analysis. The best way of enjoying the disc is, however, to listen to it, repeatedly. And those who need further proof of Schwarzkopf’s superiority should try track 11 Sei nicht bös from the otherwise completely forgotten Der Obersteiger. She treats the aria as though it was by one of the great Lied composers. Absolutely marvellous!
 
In the bargain we also get almost 30 minutes of excerpts from her complete operetta recordings. Musically they have never been surpassed either, though the mono sound is dated nowadays. There we also get a glimpse of the best operetta tenor since Richard Tauber, Nicolai Gedda, in the delectable duet from Das Land des Lächelns.
 
The playing of the Philharmonia Orchestra is a further asset and Otto Ackermann was one of the best operetta conductors of his time. In the excerpt from Die Fledermaus, the czardas Klänge der Heimat, Ackermann is replaced by Herbert von Karajan.
 
All the complete recordings are worth owning but even if you have them you should invest in this disc for the sake of the first thirteen tracks. They should be in every operetta collection.
 
-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Der Opernball: Im chambre séparée "Midnight Bells" by Richard Heuberger
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. Der Vogelhändler: Ich bin die Christel von der Post by Carl Zeller
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Der Vogelhändler: Schenkt man sich Rosen in Tirol by Carl Zeller
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Der Zarewitsch: Einer wird kommen, der wird mich begehren by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1927; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
5. Der Graf von Luxemburg: Hoch, evöe, Angčle Didier by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: German 
6. Casanova: O Madonna, auf uns sieh "Nuns' Chorus" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 07/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
7. Casanova: O Marie, wie entflieh ich "Laura's Song" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 07/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Language: German 
8. Die Dubarry: Ich habe Liebe...Ich schenk' mein Herz by Karl Millöcker
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: German 
9. Die Dubarry: Was ich im Leben...Ja, so ist sie, die Dubarry by Karl Millöcker
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 
10. Boccaccio: Hab' ich nur deine Liebe by Franz von Suppé
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 
11. Der Graf von Luxemburg: Heut' noch werd' ich Ehefrau by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
12. Der Obersteiger: Sei nicht bös' by Carl Zeller
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 07/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: German 
13. Giuditta: Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 
14. Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume by Rudolf Sieczynski
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 07/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: German 
15. Die lustige Witwe: Bitte, meine Herr'n by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
16. Die lustige Witwe: Es lebt eine Vilja...Vilja, o Vilja by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
17. Das Land des Lächelns: Gern, gern wär' ich verliebt by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
18. Das Land des Lächelns: Wer hat die Liebe uns ins Herz by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
19. Eine Nacht in Venedig: Frutti di Mare by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Vienna, Austria 
20. Eine Nacht in Venedig: Was mir der Zufall gab by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Vienna, Austria 
21. Wiener Blut: Grüss dich gut du liebes Nestor by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Vienna, Austria 
22. Die Fledermaus: Klänge der Heimat "Czardas" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 

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