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Famous Operetta Melodies

AS&V 261
  • Franz von Suppé:
  • Boccaccio
  • Florence has beautiful women)
  • If I could only have your love
  • Die Jagd nach dem Glücke (Stella Polka) *
  • Fatinitza (Overture) *
  • Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) (Overture)
  • Jacques Offenbach:
  • Barbe-bleue (Wedding Scene and Polonaise) *
  • La belle Hélène
  • Overture)
  • La belle Hélène (Dream Duet)
  • Les contes d'Hoffmann (Olympia Waltz) *
  • Orphée aux enfers (Overture)
  • Johann Strauss II:
  • Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron) (Entrance March)
  • Die Fledermaus (The Bat)
  • Thee and Thou *
  • Csárdás #2 *
  • Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice)
  • Overture
  • Gondola Song *
  • Ritter Pásmán (Csárdás)
  • Waldmeister (Clip-Clop Galop) *
  • Carl Millöcker:
  • Apajune, der Wassermann (Rain Intermezzo) *
  • Das Verwünschene Schloss (Polonaise)
  • Der Bettelstudent
  • I have only one request of you
  • Should I speak? Can I be silent? *
  • Gasparone
  • He should be your master
  • If only I were the robber! *
  • Gräfin Dubarry (Dubarry Waltz)
  • Carl Zeller:
  • Der Vogelhändler
  • Concert Overture *
  • Roses from Tyrol
  • Song of the Nightingale *
  • Joseph Hellmesberger: Die Perle von Iberien (The Pearl of Iberia) (Holiday in Hungary, gypsy dance) *
  • Edmond Audran: La Poupée (Overture) *
  • Philipp Fahrbach: Im Kahlenbergerdorfel, Op 340 (Polka) *
  • August Conradi: Berlin, Wie es Weint und Lacht (Concert Overture) *
  • Richard Heuberger: Der Opernball (Im chambre séparée)
  • Robert Planquette: Les Cloches de Corneville (Overture) *
The Raphaele Concert Orchestra/Peter Walden
* The Raphaele Concert Orchestra/Erwin Rondell
Academy Sound & Vision White Line CDWLZ261 142m DDD
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This is indeed a delightful collection of melodies and tunes from some of the most famous operettas. Popular and rare are genially mixed together with the obligatory excerpts from Offenbach's 'Orpheus in the Underworld', Strauss' 'Die Fledermaus' and Suppé's 'Boccacio'. However one notes with delight the inclusion of Planquette's 'Le Cloches de Corneville', Suppé's 'Fantinitza' and a myriad of rare trivia by Heuberger, Millocker, Gasparone and Hellmesberger. There are also a fair share of overtures by Offenbach and Strauss. All orchestrations are very well matched and the project is also good value for money at the White Line price. Although the recordings are generally variable, the collection is a must have for lovers of the genre.

Copyright © 2002, Gerald Fenech

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