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Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns CD

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  • Orchestra: Munich Radio Orchestra
  • Conductor: Ulf Schirmer
  • Composer: Franz Lehár
  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cpo
  • ASIN: B000UTOLDS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Das Land Des Lachelns:- Over 30 Tracks - Franz Lahar

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By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAME on 9 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
From the glamorous cast pictures one can only imagine that a DVD of this production -- this audio set was taken from three live Munich performances in 2006 -- would have been worth seeing. But as an audio-only recording it comes down a bit short when compared to some of the classic recordings of this Lehár classic, e.g., those with Rene Kollo, Siegfried Jerusalem or, best of all, Fritz Wunderlich. Camilla Nylund, a beautiful Finnish soprano, sounds acidulous early on but gets better in the second act. Polish tenor Piotr Beczala is acceptable but no competition for the tenors already mentioned. He does come into his own with the show's hit song, 'Dein is mein ganzes Herz', but his performance still isn't as stirring as the classic Tauber versions or those of Josef Schmidt, Plácido Domingo or Rolando Villazón.

On the plus side there is the expert direction by conductor Ulf Schirmer and the playing of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. They really shine in the two overtures, the Second Act ballet music and Mi's dance music with its exotic percussion effects.

There is no libretto, but an extensive synopsis is provided and this makes it fairly easy to follow the action. As this operetta has extensive spoken German dialog, there is a good deal of down time for non-German speakers.

Scott Morrison
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The recording of "Das Land des Lächelns" with the conductor Ulf Schirmer shows that this opera (I call it opera) is really a masterpiece, thanks to the brilliant performance of the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra and the highly enthusiastic conductor. Everything is shining, Schirmer highlights every melody and atmosphere with a thorough interpretation and a musical sense which is seldom found elsewhere. Additionally, there are two marvelous protagonists, Piotr Beczala as Sou Chong and Camilla Nylund as Lisa, who have a beautiful voice, master all technical difficulties with elegance and sing with a perfect German accent, very easy to understand. I recommend this recording in the highest degree.
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This is the most recent CD version of this operetta and the only complete one. It is also so far the only recording in modern digital sound. We do hear Lehar’s masterpiece for the first time in its full, uncut glory. All of the numbers listed in the score are included. The difficulty is that for the second act Lehar gives several versions for theatres of different sizes and varying capabilities. Schirmer opts for the fullest possible version of the grandiose Bestowing of the Yellow Jacket, which begins Act II. This includes the whole Chinese Ballet Suite with its four dance numbers and the exciting Wedding Procession with its exotic percussion and a large off stage band with four Aida trumpets, tam-tams, gongs and three kinds of military drums. The noise is gorgeous.
Vocal performance is lead by Piotr Bezcala as the Prince Sou-Chong of China. His voice is simply one of the most beautiful lyric tenor voices of today. His interpretation is stylish and sensitive. He never exaggerates in the more dramatic moments but stays in his princely character. He does not insensitively belt out the “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz” but uses intelligence and an understanding of the genre. He is completely comfortable with the long dialogue in German, in other words, an ideal Sou-Chong. By the way, this is the only recording of this operetta with separate tracks for dialogue only. This way you can programme them out or you can make your own travel version for MP3 by including the music tracks only. Helpfully, in the booklet the dialogue tracks are clearly marked. Otherwise there is only a synopsis in German, English and French and an exceptionally interesting article by Doris Sennefelder about why operetta as an art form lost is popularity between the first and second world wars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Also-Ran 9 Nov. 2007
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
From the glamorous cast pictures one can only imagine that a DVD of this production -- this audio set was taken from three live Munich performances in 2006 -- would have been worth seeing. But as an audio-only recording it comes down a bit short when compared to some of the classic recordings of this Lehár classic, e.g., those with Rene Kollo, Siegfried Jerusalem or, best of all, Fritz Wunderlich. Camilla Nylund, a beautiful Finnish soprano, sounds acidulous early on but gets better in the second act. Polish tenor Piotr Beczala is acceptable but no competition for the tenors already mentioned. He does come into his own with the show's hit song, 'Dein is mein ganzes Herz', but his performance still isn't as stirring as the classic Tauber versions or those of Josef Schmidt, Plácido Domingo or Rolando Villazón.

On the plus side there is the expert direction by conductor Ulf Schirmer and the playing of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. They really shine in the two overtures, the Second Act ballet music and Mi's dance music with its exotic percussion effects.

There is no libretto, but an extensive synopsis is provided and this makes it fairly easy to follow the action. As this operetta has extensive spoken German dialog, there is a good deal of down time for non-German speakers.

Scott Morrison
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