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Kálmán: Der Zigeunerprimas
Klaus Hager, Kay Stiefermann, Emmerich Kalman
Kálmán: Der Zigeunerprimas
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
 

      
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A Glass of Musical Champagne!
Michael A. Keach | Tampa, Florida | 01/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Early on, having had little success as a composer of 'straight' music, Kálmán mentioned to a friend: "If it goes on like this, I shall write an operetta!" And we should all be glad he did. Kálmán and Lehár kept the theatregoers of Vienna and the rest of Europe and America tapping their toes. If you like your Wiener Waltzer liberally seasoned with Hungarian Csárdá, you'll love this recording. Lots of showstoppers, sparkling tunes and glorious orchestrations all laced together with a passionate gypsy plot about a real Zigeunerprima, Pali Rácz, who the composer had known.

The cast is excellent, the voices of the principles displaying just the right amount of that eastern European 'edginess' one would expect. Claus Peter Flor leads the brilliant Münchner Rundfunkorchester and the huge cast with flair and perhaps just a bit of a mischievous twinkle in his eye. Prosit!"