|All Artists: F. Lehar|
Title: Die Lustige Witwe
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Release Date: 1/25/2000
Album Type: Import
Style: Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
Die Lustige Witwe
Not quite Fledermaus, but oh that Waltz!
F. Behrens | Keene, NH USA | 02/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"By sheer coincidence, I received for review at the same time a copy of "Die Fledermaus" and one of "The Merry Widow." Talk about happiness being a song in 3/4 time! as it is called on Capriccio 60 077-2 claims to be the "Original Version" based on manuscripts found in 1997...and who cares? The infectious joyfulness of this opera has been captured nearly to perfection on these two short CDs (just under 97 minutes in all). There is no libretto provided, making it hard going for one who cannot understand German; but that is a problem only during the dialogue. The wonderful music speaks for itself. The comparison with the Strauss operetta cannot be avoided. "Fledermaus" is a tongue in cheek sex-farce with a great score and the most joyous of all waltzes. "Widow" is about money (thereby placing it accurately a few decades later) and has the loveliest of waltzes. While the Capriccio cast does not quite come up to the classical recording on the old Angel LPs, Helmuth Froschauer and Kolner Rundfunkorchester do full justice to the music while the cast is solid enough: Pamela Coburn (Hanna), Michael Heltau (Danilo), and others who sound right at home in this darling war-horse. It stands up very well against the competition and there is a single CD version with Cheryl Studer in the title role that is a bit more economical and uses the traditional orchestration. But I lean towards this new one, even without the libretto."
L. Hogg | 08/09/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Everything about this recording is fine except Michael Heltau as Danilo. While everyone is singing in full operatic voice, he is singing in sprechstimme, which is basically more pitched talking than singing. It is incredibly annoying to listen to and does not fit in with the rest of the music, especially when all of the other singers are singing normally.
I would recommend any other recording over this one, particularly the Deutsche Grammophon with John Eliot Gardiner conducting and Cheryl Studer, Boje Skovhus, Barbara Bonney, and Rainer Trost singing."
Carl H. Poedtke Jr. | Henderson NV United States | 07/26/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Michael Heltau's lack of voice in the role of Danilo virtually ruins an otherwise satisfactory recording."