Live aus der Semperoper: The Lehár Gala from Dresden

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
This live recording of music by Franz Lehár, with nods to Oscar Straus and Johann Strauss II, presents an entertaining mix of orchestral pieces and vocal numbers from the world of operetta. Led by Christian Thielemann, the Staatskapelle Dresden plays with old-fashioned charm and gaiety, the Sächsischer Staatsopernchor sings with robust energy, and sopranos Angela Denoke and Ana Maria Labin and tenor Piotr Beczala give highly expressive interpretations that evoke feelings of late Romantic musical theater in its glory days. The singing is in German, so listeners who aren't fluent in the language may need to do some independent research, for the accompanying booklet ...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
This live recording of music by Franz Lehár, with nods to Oscar Straus and Johann Strauss II, presents an entertaining mix of orchestral pieces and vocal numbers from the world of operetta. Led by Christian Thielemann, the Staatskapelle Dresden plays with old-fashioned charm and gaiety, the Sächsischer Staatsopernchor sings with robust energy, and sopranos Angela Denoke and Ana Maria Labin and tenor Piotr Beczala give highly expressive interpretations that evoke feelings of late Romantic musical theater in its glory days. The singing is in German, so listeners who aren't fluent in the language may need to do some independent research, for the accompanying booklet doesn't provide lyrics. But fans of Lehár's operettas "Das Land des Lächelns," "Friederike," "Giuditta," and especially Paganini will revel in these glittery hits from the past. Deutsche Grammophon's reproduction of the concert is open and spacious, so the orchestra's wide dynamic range is fully conveyed in the resonant ambience of the Semper Opera House, though that hugeness tends to keep the singers' voices at a middle distance, giving them little presence.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2012
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947900504
  • Catalog Number: 001648402
  • Sales rank: 271,104

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Eine Frau, die weiß, was sie will, operetta: Warum soll eine Frau kein Verhältnis haben? - Oscar Straus & Dresden Staatskapelle (4:16)
  2. 2 Zehner-Polka (The Ten Polka), for orchestra, Op. 121 (RV 121) - Johann Strauss II & Dresden Staatskapelle (3:18)
  3. 3 Schön ist die Welt, operetta in 3 acts (revision of "Endlich Allein"): Act 3. Ich bin verliebt - Franz Lehár & Dresden Staatskapelle (4:17)
  4. 4 Das Land des Lächelns (The Land of Smiles), operetta in 3 acts (revision of "Die gelbe Jacke"): Act 2. Dein ist mein ganzes Herz - Franz Lehár & Dresden Staatskapelle (3:41)
  5. 5 Zigeunerfest (Gypsy Feast), ballet scene for orchestra, NV 283 - Franz Lehár & Dresden Staatskapelle (5:12)
  6. 6 Zigeunerliebe (Gypsy Love), operetta in 3 acts: Act 2. Zigeuner-Marsch: Endlich, Jószi, bist du hi - Franz Lehár & Dresden Staatskapelle (2:10)
  7. 7 Der Zarewitsch, operetta in 3 acts: Act 3. Warum hat jeder Frühling, ach, nur einen Ma - Franz Lehár & Dresden Staatskapelle (4:03)
  8. 8 Eva (Das Fabriksmädel), operetta in 3 acts: Act 1. Wär es auch nichts als ein Augenblick - Franz Lehár & Dresden Staatskapelle (4:28)
  9. 9 Der Göttergatte, operetta in 3 acts (revised as "Die ideale Gattin"): Overture - Franz Lehár & Dresden Staatskapelle (6:56)
  10. 10 Paganini, operetta in 3 acts: Act 2. Niemand liebt Dich so wie ich - Franz Lehár & Dresden Staatskapelle (4:52)
  11. 11 Paganini, operetta in 3 acts: Act 2. Gern hab' ich die Frau'n geküsst - Franz Lehár & Dresden Staatskapelle (3:36)
  12. 12 Paganini, operetta in 3 acts: Act 3. Wer will heut Nacht mein Liebster sein - Franz Lehár & Dresden Staatskapelle (3:48)
  13. 13 Wilde Rosen, waltz for orchestra, NV 281 - Franz Lehár & Dresden Staatskapelle (4:11)
  14. 14 Das Land des Lächelns (The Land of Smiles), operetta in 3 acts (revision of "Die gelbe Jacke"): Act 2. Wer hat die Liebe uns ins Herz gesenkt - Franz Lehár & Dresden Staatskapelle (5:35)
  15. 15 Friederike, operetta in 3 acts: Act 1. Die Mädels sind nur zum Küssen da - Franz Lehár & Dresden Staatskapelle (3:05)
  16. 16 Der Graf von Luxemburg, operetta in 3 acts: Intermezzo - Franz Lehár & Dresden Staatskapelle (3:48)
  17. 17 Paganini, operetta in 3 acts: Act 2. Liebe, du Himmel auf Erden - Franz Lehár & Dresden Staatskapelle (2:52)
  18. 18 Giuditta, opera in 5 acts: Act 1. Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert - Franz Lehár & Dresden Staatskapelle (3:28)
  19. 19 Giuditta, opera in 5 acts: Walzer - Franz Lehár & Dresden Staatskapelle (7:04)
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Performance Credits
Christian Thielemann Primary Artist
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