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Customer Reviews for: Romberg: Desert Song / Tozzi, Barr, Palmer, Engel

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 Great score misses in production February 10, 2013
By John Esche -- See All My Reviews
It is understandable that so many responses to this title should express such disappointment with it. THE DESERT SONG is one of Sigmund Romberg's supreme achievements in operetta composing, arguably even surpassing his STUDENT PRINCE and its content, fictionalized from headlines in the 1920's, retains timely aspects in the 21st Century. Given Lehman Engel's involvement in the beautifully recorded but brief (averaging about 22 minutes per show on a single LP side originally) Readers' Digest Operetta Box Set - which also used Peter Palmer - and the well mounted Broadway revival in 1973, one reasonably expected this recording to be close to a definitive preservation of the score. Sadly, it isn't. The reasons will vary from listener to listener, but the main problems from this perspective were 1) rushed tempos which robbed the work of its romance and mystery in too many places and still did not seem to allow room on the limited LP space for the essential comedy numbers, "It" and "One Good Boy Gone Wrong" which liven the show and complete its honest period feel and 2) the miscasting of the two leads (Tozzi and Barr) who didn't have the warmth or "chemistry" for THIS score at that point in their careers. The recording is never painful to listen to, and the Romberg, Hammerstein, Harnach, Mandel work (inexplicably UNCREDITED on the original LP cover!) is so enjoyable in almost any form that many will want this version anyway, but it isn't all it should have been. I wish someone on the site would note any differences between the original mono issue (LOP-1000) and the stereo version (LSO-1000) being burned for Arkiv. In the early days of stereo such differences were common and while I just burned a CD from my mono-LP, if there is different material in the stereo version I might still be interested in acquiring it; THE DESERT SONG remains one of my favorite scores - even in this over all disappointing version. Report Abuse

 Disappointing Desert Song October 24, 2012
By Martin Halacy (Chicago, IL) -- See All My Reviews
This is a very dated recording. Tozzi is the only singer in the cast whose artistry outlives its era. The sound quality is quite poor especially when compared with that of other recordings from the early Fifties. Report Abuse

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