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Lortzing: Zar Und Zimmermann / Heger, Prey, Gedda, Frick, Burmeister


Release Date: 11/15/2011 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 0880292  
Composer:  Albert Lortzing
Performer:  Siegfried VogelFred TeschlerPeter SchreierHermann Prey,   ... 
Conductor:  Robert Heger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden StaatskapelleLeipzig Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a 2 CD set with a bonus CD-Rom containing a libretto and synopsis.

In October 1980 1 reviewed the 1976 Acanta recording of Zar und Zimmermann under Heinz Wallberg. At the time I said that I had not been able to make comparisons with the earlier (1966) set from EMI Electrola—now distributed by Conifer—from which excerpts were at one time available here (HMV HQS1059, 2/67—nla). Well, here is my chance. And I must say that it was a wise precaution to alert readers to the existence of this rival version, since I find that it still comes across exceedingly well.

The most immediately apparent contrast is, of course, in the recorded sound. The Electrola has been cut at a higher level—at any rate in
Read more the musical numbers, though less so in the dialogue— and has a noticeably more reverberant sound. It makes, I suppose, for a rather more exciting if less polished effect than the much cleaner Acanta sound. The orchestral ensemble—and later the vocal ensemble too—also seems at times just a shade less precise than in the Acanta. All this, though, is part and parcel of the fact that the Acanta version seems more concerned with musical refinement, while the Electrola opts for the livelier, more characterful approach. Even though the conductor Robert Heger was almost 80 when he conducted this recording, it is he rather than Heinz Wallberg for Acanta who achieves the more virile account of the score.

The contrasts of approach manifest themselves likewise in the singers. In the key bass role of the comic Bfirgermeister, Van Bett, it is Karl Ridderbusch for Acanta who produces the smoother vocalizing, while Gottlob Frick for Electrola is the fruitier, more overtly comic (at the words "ich bin em n zweiter Salomo" in the celebrated "0 sancta justicia", for instance). Let me add that both Frick and Ridderbusch are absolutely magnificent, and no praise could be too high for the way in which each acquits himself—both interpretations classics in slightly different ways.

Similar comparisons apply elsewhere in the cast. When I reviewed the Acanta set I mentioned that Lucia Popp didn't altogether convey the youthfulness one might expect in Marie, the Biirgermeister's niece, and certainly Erika Koth is much more the part in this respect. On the other hand, Koth cannot match Popp for sheer beauty of sound. And in the role of the Marquis de Chateauneuf, Krenn is perhaps the more correct but somewhat colourless compared with the more expressive and virile Gedda in the song of farewell to his Flanders maiden.

In the two title roles there is much greater similarity between the two recordings. Adalbert Kraus (for Acanta) and Peter Schreier (for Electrola) are both most worthy carpenters (Schreier blending well with Frick in their Act 1 duet), while the Tsar in both sets is Hermann Prey. The idiosyncracies of his voice are perhaps more noticeable in the 1966 recording in which he seems generally less at ease than in the later version, though by 1976 he seems to have been able to accommodate the occasional high note less cleanly.

My own preference would, I feel, be for the Electrola set, which seems to have the warmer heart, the greater virility. Moreover, the occasional blemish that I reported in the Acanta pressings sent for review is totally absent in those from Electrola. But I could not suggest that either set is really less than first rate. Moreover, repeated hearing of the score makes it easy to understand how the Germans, brought up on the piece, continue to love it so much. Shallow Lortzing's talent may have been, but to what delightful effect he used it!

-- A.M.L., Gramophone [3/1982]
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Works on This Recording

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Zar und Zimmermann by Albert Lortzing
Performer:  Siegfried Vogel (Bass), Fred Teschler (Bass), Peter Schreier (Tenor),
Hermann Prey (Baritone), Erika Köth (Soprano), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor),
Gottlob Frick (Bass), Annelies Burmeister (Mezzo soprano)
Conductor:  Robert Heger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Leipzig Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden 

Sound Samples

Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster): Ouvertüre (Orchester)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Greifet an und rührt die Hände (Iwanow - Zar - Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Die Eifersucht sit eine Plage (Marie)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Verraten! Von euch verraten! (Zar)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: O Sancta Justitia, ich möchte rasen (van Bett)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Laßt ruhen die Arbeit, das zeichen ertönt (Chor - van Bett - Zar - Iwanow)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Darf ich wohl den Worten trauen (Iwanow - van Bett)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Erster Akt: Das Fest beginnt, seid ihr bereit und fertig? (Zar - Marie - Iwanow - Marquis - Meisterin Browe - Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Hoch lebe die Freude (Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Lebe wohl, mein flandrisch' Mädchen (Marquis - Marie - Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Zum Werk, das wir beginnen (Marquis - Iwanow - Zar - Lefort - van Bett - Lord Syndham)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Lieblich röten sich die Wangen (Marie - Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Zweiter Akt: Schon seit geraumer Zeit bemerk' ich hier Gesichter (van Bett - Marie - Meisterin Browe - Marquis - Iwanow - Zar - Lefort - Lord Syndham - Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Den hohen Herrscher würdig zu empfangen (Singschule: van Bett - Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Sonst spielt' ich mit Szepter, mit Krone und Stern (Zar)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Darf eine nied're Magd es wagen (Marie - Iwanow)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Schmücket mit Kränzen (Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Ballett: Holzschuhtanz (Orchester)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Erhab'ner Held (van Bett - Marie - Iwanow - Chor)
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: Dialog
Zar und Zimmermann · Komische Oper in 3 Akten (1995 Digital Remaster), Dritter Akt: So scheid' ich denn von euch (Zar - Marie - Iwanow - Meisterin Browe - van Bett - Chor)

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