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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Performances of Eine Nacht in Venedig ("A Night in Venice") regularly depart significantly from what Johann Strauss would have recognized as his score. This 1967 recording departs more than most. Its basis is the usual 1920s version by Marischka and Korngold, which revised Strauss's score and added material from his other operettas. In addition, EMI here add a further five numbers—all of them posthumous Strauss arrangements, four of them from the 1928 Casanova—in order to clarify the motivation for the action and provide parts for Anneliese Rothenberger and Hermann Prey.
The result is obviously a rag-bag, but enjoyable enough as such. Gedda is excellent—more the experienced seducer than his youthful self in EMI's
1954 mono recording conducted by Ackermann. His "Sei mir gegrüsst" is superb. Rita Streich, if not matching Schwarzkopf's sheer glory of sound as Annina (Ackerman), is appealingly sweet-voiced and perhaps the more convincing fisher-girl. Cesare Curzi is a somewhat pinched-voiced Caramello, who, by contrast with Kunz in the 1954 recording, retains his Act 1 Gondola Song but loses to the Duke his Act 3 Lagoon Waltz. I particularly like Hans-Gunther Grimm's baritone Pappacoda, attractively partnered by Christine Görner as Ciboletta. Franz Allers directs a lively enough account of the score.
-- Gramophone [7/1989]
Works on This Recording
Eine Nacht in Venedig by Johann Strauss Jr.
Anneliese Rothenberger (Soprano),
Rita Streich (Soprano),
Christine Görner (Soprano),
Hermann Prey (Baritone),
Nicolai Gedda (Tenor),
Cesare Curzi (Tenor),
Gisela Litz (Mezzo Soprano),
Marjorie Heistermann (Soprano),
Christian Oppelberg (Baritone),
Theodor Nicolai (Bass),
Franz Weiss (Spoken Vocals),
Karl Kreille (Spoken Vocals),
Hans Günter Grimm (Bass)
Bavarian Radio Chorus,
Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1883; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 09/1967
Venue: Bürgerbräu, Munich, Germany
Length: 95 Minutes 22 Secs.
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