Lehár: Eva

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
"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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
"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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2006
  • Label: Cpo Records
  • UPC: 761203714827
  • Catalog Number: 777148
  • Sales rank: 187,681

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–34 Eva (Das Fabriksmädel), operetta in 3 acts - Franz Lehár & Franz Lehár (125:47)
    Composed byFranz Lehár
    Conducted byWolfgang Bozic
    Performed byMorenike 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, Thomas Huber
    1. 1Act 1. Vorspiel
    2. 2Act 1. Introduktion. Heissa, juchheia
    3. 3Act 1. Dialog
    4. 4Act 1. Melodram und Lied. Im heimlichen Dämmer der silbernen Ampel
    5. 5Act 1. Dialog
    6. 6Act 1. Szene und Duett. Bestimmung, Fatum, das ist alles
    7. 7Act 1. Dialog
    8. 8Act 1. Auftritt und Duett. Nur keine Anget, hier kann nichts passieren
    9. 9Act 1. Dialog
    10. 10Act 1. Duett. Um zwölfe in der Nacht
    11. 11Act 1. Dialog
    12. 12Act 1. Finale 1. Halt! Einen Augenblick, ihr Leutel
    13. 13Act 2. Introduktion, Chor, Lied und Tanz. Sie mich, Dagobert
    14. 14Act 2. Dialog
    15. 15Act 2. Marsch. Hat man das erste Stiefelpaar vertreten
    16. 16Act 2. Dialog
    17. 17Act 2. Terzett. Rechts das Männchen meiner Wahl
    18. 18Act 2. Dialog
    19. 19Act 2. Melodram und Duett. Erschrecken Sie nicht
    20. 20Act 2. Dialog
    21. 21Act 2. Lied. Octave, gesteh' dir's ein
    22. 22Act 2. Dialog
    23. 23Act 2. Duett. Ziehe hin zu deinem Vater
    24. 24Act 2. Dialog
    25. 25Act 2. Melodram und Duett. Eva, Sie sehen reizend aus
    26. 26Act 2. Dialog
    27. 27Act 2. Finale 2. Silentium, silentium
    28. 28Act 3. Duett. Wenn die Pariserin spazieren fährt
    29. 29Act 3. Dialog
    30. 30Act 3. Lied. Gib acht, gib acht, mein schönes Kind
    31. 31Act 3. Dialog
    32. 32Act 3. Abgang. Sagen Sie nur, Pipsi
    33. 33Act 3. Dialog
    34. 34Act 3. Finale 3. Ein Mädel wie Sie, so nett und so fein
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wolfgang Bozic Primary Artist
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