Live aus der Semperoper: The Lehár Gala from Dresden

Live aus der Semperoper: The Lehár Gala from Dresden

by Christian Thielemann

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Live aus der Semperoper: The Lehár Gala from Dresden

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/2012
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947900504
catalogNumber: 001648402

Tracks

  1. Eine Frau, die weiß, was sie will, operetta: Warum soll eine Frau kein Verhältnis haben?
  2. Zehner-Polka (The Ten Polka), for orchestra, Op. 121 (RV 121)
  3. Schön ist die Welt, operetta in 3 acts (revision of "Endlich Allein"): Act 3. Ich bin verliebt
  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
  5. Zigeunerfest (Gypsy Feast), ballet scene for orchestra, NV 283
  6. Zigeunerliebe (Gypsy Love), operetta in 3 acts: Act 2. Zigeuner-Marsch: Endlich, Jószi, bist du hi
  7. Der Zarewitsch, operetta in 3 acts: Act 3. Warum hat jeder Frühling, ach, nur einen Ma
  8. Eva (Das Fabriksmädel), operetta in 3 acts: Act 1. Wär es auch nichts als ein Augenblick
  9. Der Göttergatte, operetta in 3 acts (revised as "Die ideale Gattin"): Overture
  10. Paganini, operetta in 3 acts: Act 2. Niemand liebt Dich so wie ich
  11. Paganini, operetta in 3 acts: Act 2. Gern hab' ich die Frau'n geküsst
  12. Paganini, operetta in 3 acts: Act 3. Wer will heut Nacht mein Liebster sein
  13. Wilde Rosen, waltz for orchestra, NV 281
  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
  15. Friederike, operetta in 3 acts: Act 1. Die Mädels sind nur zum Küssen da
  16. Der Graf von Luxemburg, operetta in 3 acts: Intermezzo
  17. Paganini, operetta in 3 acts: Act 2. Liebe, du Himmel auf Erden
  18. Giuditta, opera in 5 acts: Act 1. Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert
  19. Giuditta, opera in 5 acts: Walzer

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