Golden Operetta Of Vienna

Release Date: 6/2/2009
Label: Alto
Catalog Number: MOB001493
Number of Discs: 1

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$10.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
A compilation like this is aimed at listeners with a fleeting interest in operetta, wanting to hear a number of lollipops sung by famous singers of the past rather than the operetta aficionado, who probably has all this music already, possibly also many of these recordings. The first four tracks, from the legendary Columbia series of operettas that by many are still regarded as the best ever. With Schwarzkopf, Loose, Kunz and Gedda on top form they are self-recommending and so is Rita Streich’s Spiel’ ich die Unschuld from Karajan’s Fledermaus in the same series. The complete sets have been reviewed on Musicweb ( Das Land des Lächelns , Die lustige Witwe, Die Fledermaus ). But there are many other tracks to treasure. The young Fritz Wunderlich, fresh and ardent, partnered by Friederike Sailer in a couple of duets; Rudolf Schock’s Volgalied, brilliant and heroic and with sensitive phrasing but the high pianissimo notes sung falsetto; Wilma Lipp, lively and charming but a little uneven; Julius Patzak, almost 60 and a little drier of tone than on his earlier recordings, but his Viennese charm and dialect are more than compensation; Jussi Björling’s unsurpassed Ich hab kein Geld sung in Swedish but so uninhibitedly brilliant. Only the reverse side to the original 78rpm, Au Mont Ida, can challenge the beauty and thrust; Richard Tauber, like Patzak recorded late in his career but his inimitable caressing of phrases is there; Sena Jurinac’s Klänge der Heimat, recorded in 1950 and with lovely tone but I have heard readings with more Hungarian lilt and her final note is a scream.

The transfers are acceptable and the booklet has notes on the music and artist biographies. If the repertoire is attractive readers can safely invest in this disc, knowing that most of the singers are on admirable form.


-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
Works on This Recording
1. Die lustige Witwe: Wie eine Rosenknospe by Franz Lehár
Performer: Emmy Loose (Voice), Nicolai Gedda (Voice)
Conductor: Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1905 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Der Vogelhändler: Ich bin die Christel von der Post by Carl Zeller
Performer: Wilma Lipp (Voice)
Conductor: Rudolf Moralt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Das Land des Lächelns: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz by Franz Lehár
Performer: Nicolai Gedda (Tenor)
Conductor: Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1929 ; Vienna, Austria
4. Die lustige Witwe: Es lebt eine Vilja...Vilja, o Vilja by Franz Lehár
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor: Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1905 ; Vienna, Austria
5. Die Lustige Witwe: Heia, Mädel aufgeschaut by Franz Lehár
Performer: Erich Kunz (Voice), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Voice)
Conductor: Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1905 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Giuditta: Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss by Franz Lehár
Performer: Hilde Gueden (Voice)
Conductor: Robert Stolz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1934 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Der Zarewitsch: Hab' nur dich allein by Franz Lehár
Performer: Friederike Sailer (Voice), Fritz Wunderlich (Voice)
Conductor: Fritz Mareczek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1927 ; Vienna, Austria
8. Der Zarewitsch: Allein, wieder allein "Wolgalied" by Franz Lehár
Performer: Rudolf Schock (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1927 ; Vienna, Austria
9. Der Obersteiger: Sei nicht bös' by Carl Zeller
Performer: Fritz Wunderlich (Voice)
Conductor: Fritz Mareczek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
10. Der Vogelhändler: Wie mein Ahnl zwanzig Jahr "Nightingale" by Carl Zeller
Performer: Julius Patzak (Voice)
Conductor: Rudolf Moralt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891 ; Vienna, Austria
11. Der Bettelstudent: Nur das eine bitt'ich by Karl Millöcker
Performer: Fritz Wunderlich (Voice), Friederike Sailer (Voice)
Conductor: Fritz Mareczek
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882 ; Vienna, Austria
12. Die Dubarry: Ich schenck mein herr by Karl Millöcker
Performer: Anneliese Rothenberger (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
13. Der Bettelstudent: Ich hab kein Geld by Karl Millöcker
Performer: Jussi Björling (Voice)
Conductor: Nils Grevillius
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882 ; Vienna, Austria
14. Old Chelsea: My heart and I by Richard Tauber
Performer: Richard Tauber (Voice)
Conductor: Henry Geehl
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; London, England
15. Die Fledermaus: Spiel' ich die Unschuld vom Lande by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer: Rita Streich (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Vienna, Austria
16. Die Fledermaus: Klänge der Heimat "Czardas" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer: Sena Jurinac (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hamburg Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Vienna, Austria
17. Gräfin Mariza: Komm Zigány by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer: Rudolf Schock (Voice)
Period: Post-Romantic
18. Gräfin Mariza: Komm mit nach Varasdin by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer: Rupert Glawitsch (Voice), Sari Barabas (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924 ; Vienna, Austria
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