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Operette / Julia Migenes

Lehar / Migenes / Koelner Rundfunk-orchester
Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Acanta/Pilz   Catalog #: 233673   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz LehárLeo FallEdmund EyslerEduard Künneke,   ... 
Performer:  Julia MigenesManfred [Tenor Vocal] Schmidt
Conductor:  Godfried RitterCurt CemerHerbert Schernus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



OPERETTE Julia Migenes (sop); Manfred Schmidt (ten); 1 Elisabeth Glauser (alt); 2 Curt Cremer, cond; Cologne R Ch 3 & O ACANTA 233673 (57: 58)


LÉHAR 3 Guiditta: Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß; Read more class="SUPER12">3 In einem Meer von Liebe. Der Zarewitsch: 1 Warum hat jeder Frühling, ach, nur einen Mai; Einer wird kommen, der wird mich begehren. Friederike: Kleine Blumen, kleine Blätter; Warum hast du mich wachgeküsst. Schön ist die Welt: Sag, armes Herzchen, sag. FALL Die Rose von Stambul: 3 Rosig strahle heut dein Angesicht. Die Dollarprinzessin: 3 Schreibmaschinenmädel muss schnell die Hände rühren. EYSLER Bruder Straubinger: 3 Es blühn im Liebesgarten wohl zu viel schöne Frau’n. KÜNNEKE Die große Sünderin: 1 Immerzu singt dein Herz meinem Herzen zu. Der Vetter aus Dingsda: Strahlender Mond. VON SUPPÉ Boccaccio: 2 Die Glocken läuten hell und rein; 1 Florenz hat schöne Frauen


This is one of those CDs that bring a smile to the face and put joy in one’s heart. Julia Migenes, at one time (actually for a fairly long time) known as Migenes-Johnson, had sung Maria in West Side Story and was Hodel in the original Fiddler on the Roof with Zero Mostel, but her early classical career was in Europe where she won a stream of “golden” awards: the Golden Camera, Rose, Lion, and Bambi (the latter two years in succession). It was during this period, in 1978, that she recorded this operetta album, and despite the fact that her voice is recorded exceptionally forward, which gives it an occasionally brittle edge that was not always apparent in her live performances, it is a lively and infectious recital of operetta arias and duets.


If I bring particular attention to the aria from Leo Fall’s Die Rose von Stambul it is only to illustrate what was missing in the complete recording of this operetta on Naxos. It’s not merely vocal quality—soprano Kimberly McCord had a pleasant voice—but sheer enthusiasm in delivery and especially the conducting. There are also four duets on this disc, three with tenor Manfred Schmidt and one with contralto Elisabeth Glauser, and all are excellent, Schmidt in particular having a lovely tenor voice and the kind of energetic style (though not quite as fine a voice) one normally associates in this music with such singers as Fritz Wunderlich.


As noted above, one must give equal credit for the success of this disc to conductor Cremer, and also kudos to the Cologne Radio Chorus, which sings in a real no-holds-barred style. It’s not often that an American soprano is able to identify so completely with operetta, but in this case it works splendidly. Indeed, as an example of true multiculturalism, she is an American of Greek-Puerto Rican-Irish descent! If operetta is one of your interests, then, you’ll certainly want this disc on your shelf!


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1.
Giuditta: Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Julia Migenes ()
Conductor:  Godfried Ritter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2.
Der Zarewitsch: Warum hat jeder Frühling, ach, nur einen Mai by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Julia Migenes (), Manfred [Tenor Vocal] Schmidt ()
Conductor:  Curt Cemer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1927; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Der Zarewitsch: Einer wird kommen, der wird mich begehren by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Julia Migenes ()
Conductor:  Curt Cemer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1927; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4.
Giuditta: In einem Meer von Liebe by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Julia Migenes ()
Conductor:  Godfried Ritter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
5.
Die Rose von Stambul: Rosig strahle heut dein Angesicht by Leo Fall
Performer:  Julia Migenes ()
Conductor:  Herbert Schernus
Period: Modern 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
6.
Friederike: Kleine Blumen, kleine Blätter by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Julia Migenes ()
Conductor:  Curt Cemer
Period: Post-Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
7.
Friederike: Warum hast du mich wachgeküsst? by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Julia Migenes ()
Conductor:  Curt Cemer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1928; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
8.
Bruder Straubinger: Es blühn im liebesgarten wohl zu viel schöne Frau'n by Edmund Eysler
Performer:  Julia Migenes ()
Conductor:  Godfried Ritter
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
9.
Die große Sünderin: Immerzu singt dein Herz meinem Herzen zu by Eduard Künneke
Performer:  Julia Migenes (), Manfred [Tenor Vocal] Schmidt ()
Conductor:  Curt Cemer
Period: Modern 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
10.
Der Vetter aus Dingsda: Strahlender Mond by Eduard Künneke
Performer:  Julia Migenes ()
Conductor:  Curt Cemer
Period: Modern 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
11.
Die Dollarprinzessin: Schreibmaschinenmädel muss schnell die Hände rühren by Leo Fall
Performer:  Julia Migenes ()
Conductor:  Godfried Ritter
Period: Modern 
Written: 1907 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 
12.
Schön ist die Welt: Sag, armes Herzchen, sag by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Julia Migenes ()
Conductor:  Curt Cemer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1930; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
13.
Boccaccio: Die Glocken läuten hell und rein by Franz v. Suppé
Performer:  Julia Migenes ()
Conductor:  Curt Cemer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
14.
Boccaccio: Florenz hat schöne Frauen by Franz v. Suppé
Performer:  Manfred [Tenor Vocal] Schmidt (), Julia Migenes ()
Conductor:  Curt Cemer
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 

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