C. M. Ziehrer: Operetta Overtures

C. M. Ziehrer: Operetta Overtures

by Christian Pollack
     
 

Carl Michael Ziehrer was a Viennese light music king whose work enjoyed popularity nearly as great as Johann Strauss II himself, and his waltz "Weana Mäd'ln" (1888) did become part of the intractable literature of the Viennese Bon Bon. Despite his glittering success and the challenge he put to the sons of Strauss, Ziehrer outlived the golden age of Vienna by nearly a… See more details below

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Carl Michael Ziehrer was a Viennese light music king whose work enjoyed popularity nearly as great as Johann Strauss II himself, and his waltz "Weana Mäd'ln" (1888) did become part of the intractable literature of the Viennese Bon Bon. Despite his glittering success and the challenge he put to the sons of Strauss, Ziehrer outlived the golden age of Vienna by nearly a decade and died in poverty, already forgotten. The sheer mass of music he produced before his fortunes changed is astounding; it adds up to about 600 works, of which 22 to 24 were operettas. Conductor Christian Pollack and the Slovak State Philharmonic assemble a program of the overtures to 11 of Ziehrer's operettas in Marco Polo's Carl Michael Ziehrer: Operetta Overtures. This disc demonstrates that Ziehrer was certainly one of the most interesting composers in the genre; for example, the opening of "Der Fremdenführer" (The Tourist Guide, 1902) starts with an unpredictable, questing progression with the orchestra swelling in and out of the chords, before suddenly bursting into a graceful, balletic figure. A leaping and bounding dance opens his overture to "Der Schätzmeister" (The Pawnbroker, 1904) that sounds ethnic, but not specifically Hebraic, and it is clear that characterization was an important component in Ziehrer's music for the stage. Throughout the whole program there are little musical surprises, and in organizing his operetta overtures Ziehrer rapidly shifts gears between musical ideas, never staying too long in one place so that the music gets tiresome. Although most of the orchestrations are original, in a couple of instances Pollack has had to reconstruct the orchestral overture from a piano version as the original orchestration has gone wanting -- the difference between Pollack's work and Ziehrer's is so inconsiderable as to be irrelevant. The performances and recording are both first class, and for those with a taste for Viennese light music, this is not something you will want to miss.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2007
Label:
Marco Polo
UPC:
0636943533222
catalogNumber:
8225332
Rank:
156914

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Tracks

  1. Ball bei Hof, operetta: Overture  - Carl Michael Ziehrer  - Christian Pollack  -  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
  2. Das dumme Herz, operetta: Overture  - Carl Michael Ziehrer  - Christian Pollack  -  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
  3. Der bleiche Zauberer (The White Magician), operetta tableau in 1 act: Overture  - Carl Michael Ziehrer  - Christian Pollack  -  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
  4. Der Fremdenführer, operetta: Overture  - Carl Michael Ziehrer  - Christian Pollack  -  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
  5. Der Schatzmeister, operetta: Overture  - Carl Michael Ziehrer  - Christian Pollack  -  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
  6. Der schöne Rigo, operetta: Overture  - Carl Michael Ziehrer  - Christian Pollack  -  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
  7. Die Drei Wunsche, operetta: Overture  - Carl Michael Ziehrer  - Christian Pollack  -  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
  8. Manöverkinder (Children of the General), operetta: Overture  - Carl Michael Ziehrer  - Christian Pollack  -  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
  9. Ein Deutschmeister, operetta: Overture  - Carl Michael Ziehrer  - Christian Pollack  -  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
  10. Tolles Mädel, Op. 526: Overture  - Carl Michael Ziehrer  - Christian Pollack  -  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
  11. König Jérôme, operetta: Overture  - Carl Michael Ziehrer  - Christian Pollack  -  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice

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