Lehár: Eva

Lehár: Eva

by Wolfgang Bozic
     
 
"Eva" is a major operetta, one that was regarded as revolutionary in its time (1911) for its social implications, being the story of a poor factory worker romanced by the wealthy factory owner, and how other workers try to step in and break up the liaison. Musically, "Eva" also represents one of the last blasts of "old Vienna" before World War I silenced its unique

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"Eva" is a major operetta, one that was regarded as revolutionary in its time (1911) for its social implications, being the story of a poor factory worker romanced by the wealthy factory owner, and how other workers try to step in and break up the liaison. Musically, "Eva" also represents one of the last blasts of "old Vienna" before World War I silenced its unique brand of culture forever. However, for some reason, "Eva" has remained elusive on recordings outside of excerpt performances and antiques, and CPO's Franz Léhar: Eva comes courtesy of the Franz Léhar Festival in Bad Ischl, which has since 2003 done an excellent job of reviving Léhar's neglected operettas every summer. This recording features an excellent cast, led by soprano Morenike Fadayomi in the lead and tenor Reinhard Alessandri as her well-heeled, would-be suitor. This is about as ideal a recording as "Eva" could merit, given its long eclipse in the repertoire; the singing is excellent and the orchestra, led by Wolfgang Bozic, sounds great. Nevertheless, the CPO package is a little less than ideal for non-German-speaking audiences, as the performance contains all of the spoken dialogue segments and there is no libretto in the booklet whatsoever. There might be some way to obtain an English-language libretto for "Eva" separately, and listeners for whom the printed summary is sufficient may prefer to program the dialogue segments out of the piece during playback. The two-disc set consists of one long disc and one short one, and one wonders if CPO considered the option, in preparing this work for the international market, of withholding the dialogue segments and issuing the music on a single disc, in which case an English summary would have made more sense. At least those of us who could never figure out why there wasn't even a bad recording of "Eva" available can breathe a sigh of relief that this good one has arrived.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2006
Label:
Cpo Records
UPC:
0761203714827
catalogNumber:
777148

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  1. Eva (Das Fabriksmädel), operetta in 3 acts  - Franz Lehár  - Franz Lehár  - Rob Bodanzky  - Burkhard Schmilgun  - Alfred Maria Willner  - Morenike Fadayomi  - Morenike Fadayomi  -  Bad Ischl Lehár Festival Chorus  -  Franz Lehár Orchestra  - Wolfgang Bozic  - Reinhard Alessandri  - Reinhard Alessandri  - Zora Antonic  - Zora Antonic  - Gerhard Balluch  - Christian Giglmayr  - Christian Giglmayr  - Karl Herbst  - Thomas Malik  - Thomas Malik  - Florian Widmann  - Florian Widmann  - Thomas Zisterer  - Thomas Zisterer  - Peter Andrew  - Peter Andrew  - Thomas Huber

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