Zauber der Operette (The Magic of Operetta) (100CD)

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The most extensive collection of operettas! This box is an absolute MUST HAVE for all collectors - and for all other fans of the operetta!

Friends of the operetta have something to celebrate! More than 50 recordings of the most famous operettas are compiled in this box. All great operettas, such as "White Horse Inn", "Black Forest Girl", "The Merry Widow", "Orpheus in the Underworld" or "The Land of Smiles" can be heard in this box.

The selected works offer a wide range of 60 years of music history, from the high period of the 1870s to the 30s of the 20th century. You'll not only discover the famous stars of the operetta like Anneliese Rothenberger or Peter Alexander, but also a new generation of singers, whose fame is grounded in appearances at radio shows and operetta performances. Also, Peter Anders and Rudolf Schock can be heard with stunning interpretations of popular works.

Please note: all text and recording information in this boxset is printed in GERMAN.

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Works contained in this set:

  1. Paul Abraham (Pál Ábrahám): Viktoria und ihr Hussar

    Ralph Benatzky
  2. Bezauberndes Fräulein
  3. Meine Schwester und ich
  4. Im weissen Rössl

    Nico (Nikolaus) Dostal
  5. Clivia
  6. Die Ungarische Hochzeit

    Leo Fall
  7. Der fidele Bauer
  8. Der liebe Augustin
  9. Die Kaiserin

  10. Jean Gilbert: Katja die Tänzerin
  11. Walter Goetze: Adrienne
  12. Georg Jarno: Die Försterchristl
  13. Léon Jessel: Schwarzwaldmädel
  14. Sidney Jones: Die Geisha

    Emmerich Kálmán
  15. Das Veilchen von Montmartre
  16. Der Zigeunerprimas
  17. Die Czárdásfürstin
  18. Die Zirkusprinzessin
  19. Gräfin Mariza

  20. Walter Kollo: Drei alte Schachteln, Marietta

    Eduard Künneke (or Künnecke)
  21. Der Vetter aus Dingsda
  22. Die grosse Sünderin
  23. Liselott

    Franz Lehár
  24. Das Land des Lächelns
  25. Der Graf von Luxemburg
  26. Die lustige Witwe
  27. Paganini
  28. Zigeunerliebe

  29. Paul Lincke: Frau Luna

    Carl Millöcker
  30. Der Bettelstudent
  31. Gasparone
  32. Die Dubarry (with Theo Mackeben)

    Jacques Offenbach
  33. Der Ehemann vor der Tür
  34. Der Regimentszauberer
  35. Die Insel Tulipatan
  36. Die Schwätzerin von Saragossa
  37. Fantasio
  38. Orpheus in der Unterwelt
  39. Pépito

  40. Fred Raymond: Maske in Blau
  41. Robert Stolz: Himmelblaue Träume

    Oskar Straus
  42. Der letzte Walzer
  43. Die Teresina
  44. Ein Walzertraum

    Johann Strauss Jr.
  45. Der Zigeunerbaron
  46. Die Fledermaus
  47. Die Tänzerin Fanny Elssler
  48. Eine Nacht in Venedig
  49. Tausend und eine Nacht

    Franz von Suppé
  50. Banditenstreiche
  51. Boccaccio
  52. Die schöne Galathée

  53. Karl Ziehrer: Die Landstreicher

+DVD Johann Strauss I: Die Nacht in Venedig

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"29 of the 54 works on CD feature the indefatigable Franz Marszalek on the podium. Ten performances are led by Wilhelm Stephan (Clivia, Der Vetter aus Dingsda, Der Graf von Luxemburg, Die lustige Witwe, Zigeunerliebe, Frau Luna, Fantasio, Maske in Blau, Tausend und eine Nacht, Die Landstreicher), seven by Werner Schmidt-Boelke (Das Veilchen von Montmartre, Der Zigeunerprimas, Gräfin Mariza, Liselott, Das Land des Lächelns, Die Tänzerin Fanny Elssler, Banditenstreiche), three by Paul Burkhard (Der Regimentszauberer, Die Insel Tulipatan, Orpheus in der Unterwelt), two by Kurt Schröder (Der Bettelstudent, Pépito), and one each by Ferenc Fricsay (Die Fledermaus), Wilhem Schüchter (Boccaccio), and Fried Walter (Die Dubarry). Ernst Märzendorfer heads the bonus performance of Eine Nacht in Venedig on DVD.

Among the artists commonly encountered in both sets (there are far too many comprimario singers to provide an exhaustive list here, as I did with the singers in the previously reviewed set) are Peter Anders, Franz Fehringer, Rupert Glawitsch, Kurt Grosskurth, Heinz Hoppe, Erika Köth, Annaliese Rothenberger, Anne Schlemm, Rudolf Schock, Rita Streich, and Herta Talmar. Gisela Litz makes several appearances here. Notable singers who appear in one or two works are Kurt Böhme, Wolfgang Brendel, Georg Hann, Sena Jurinac, Paul Kuen, Gustav Neidlinger and Karl Schmitt-Walter. The quality of the singing, instrumental playing, and conducting is never less than satisfactory and sometimes (as in the case of the famed and often-reissued Fricsay Fledermaus) even outstanding.

All of these performances are German radio broadcasts - mostly from Hamburg, Cologne, and Munich - dating from 1949 to 1958. (The overture to Die lustige Witwe is a 1946 recording with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, conducted by Lehár himself.) They are accordingly sung in German, including the Offenbach operettas and Jones’s The Geisha. As German radio broadcasts at that time were of astonishingly high quality, all of these performances are preserved in excellent monaural sound. The supplemental DVD of Eine Nacht in Venedig is a studio film version made in 1976; it is shot in color, but the print used for this issue is of poor quality, with somewhat fuzzy resolution and flecks of dropout, though it is still tolerable to watch. All of the works are given with spoken dialog, passages of which are assigned separate tracks should you wish to skip over those and listen only to the music.

The set comes in a long box that contains 50 two-CD cardboard gatefold jackets, each of which displays all the details (including lists of tracks and timings) for the performance it contains, plus a separate single cardboard sleeve for the DVD. While documentation is much improved over the previously reviewed 10-CD set of excerpts, it is still fairly minimal. Here the composers and conductors, as well as the singers, have their full names provided, and singers are specified for all the roles they sing. All the performances list the orchestra, the original broadcast locale, and the year of the performance. Unfortunately, no libretti are included in any form, and an enclosed 44-page booklet with a summary list of the operettas and brief notes (with photos) on some of the leading singers is in German only. The top side of the exterior box has an egregious editing error that omits most of the title of Orpheus in der Unterwelt (it is printed correctly on the other sides of the box). While the lack of libretti is a handicap, no lover of operetta can afford to be without this fantastic bargain. Recommended with unbounded enthusiasm."

- James A. Altena, Fanfare

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