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Kálmán: Die Herzogin Von Chicago / Bonynge, Berlin Rso

Release Date: 11/09/1999 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 466057   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Monica GroopEndrik WottrichDeborah RiedelBrett Polegato,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony OrchestraSchöneberg Boys ChoirBerlin Radio Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 37 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Album includes 276 page libretto booklet.

A souped up version of Lehár’s Merry Widow spiced with paprika and Twenties jazz.

Emmerich Kálmán’s operetta the Duchess of Chicago is guaranteed to give the most sweet-toothed operetta-junky a sugar rush. It’s like a souped up version of Lehár’s Merry Widow spiced with paprika and Twenties jazz. Prince Sándor, heir to the throne of Sylvaria is enjoying one last fling at the ‘Grill américaine’ in Budapest before an enforced marriage to the lisping Princess Rosmarie. Enter rich American Mary Lloyd who is on a bet ‘to buy what is most difficult to obtain for money’. The plot revolves around her attempt to dance the
Read more Charleston with the heir-apparent of Sylvaria but Sándor only likes the csárdás and good old Viennese tunes and loathes jazz. So there is plenty of scope for a musical stand-off between Hungarian gypsy bands and cimbaloms and the more contemporary Charleston and foxtrot. Richard Bonynge conducts with a finely judged combination of Hungarian-Viennese sentiment and American moxie. If Endrik Wottrich lacks the light touch of a Richard Tauber he certainly has all the necessary vocal glamour. Deborah Riedel as Mary Lloyd suggests just the right amount of vulgarity with her hilarious American-German accent and Monica Groop’s sibilantly-impaired Princess Rosmarie is absolutely charming. [During his lifetime Kálmán was one of the most popular composers in the world and it seems that after years of neglect he is at last enjoying something of a renaissance.] This sumptuous new release will deservedly further his [Kálmán’s] cause. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Clive Portbury, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Die Herzogin von Chicago by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer:  Monica Groop (Mezzo Soprano), Endrik Wottrich (Tenor), Deborah Riedel (Soprano),
Brett Polegato (Baritone), Pĺr Lindskog (), Volker Horn (Tenor),
Reinhart Ginzel (Tenor), Peter Menzel (Tenor), Egbert Junghanns (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Schöneberg Boys Choir,  Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Grand Operetta May 8, 2013 By J. Tatnall (West Grove, PA) See All My Reviews "Kalman's Die Herzogin von Chicago is a grand operetta composed large scale to give work to musicians and performers. It is also one of the finest operettas in the canon. Romance mixes with satire; old world mixes with new world; jazz mixes with the waltz. As a theatre work it is heart warming and funny with all the usual operetta twists and then some. As music it is rich and tuneful with some of the grandest finales ever composed. Decca's late 90s recording was part of its groundbreaking Entartete Musik series. The cast headed by Reidel, Wottrich, Groop, and Polegato, is tremendously skiiled in puting across character as well as the music. The dialogue is well acted and thrilling high notes abound from tenor as well as soprano. Bonynge crafts a fine idiomatic performance of this forgotten masterpiece from his cast and Berlin Radio." Report Abuse
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