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Lehár - Die lustige Witwe & Das Land des Lächelns

Die Lustige Witwe
Das Land des Lächelns

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Lisa/Hanna Glawari), Nicolai Gedda (Sou-Chong/Camille de Rosillon), Emmy Loose (Mi/Valencienne), Erich Kunz (Gustl/Danilo Danilowitsch)

Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Otto Ackerman

This collection presents some of the most important and admired recordings of the EMI Classics and Virgin Classics catalogue which make EMI 'The Home of Opera'. These performances of Die lustige Witwe and Das Land des Lachelns starring Elisabeth Schwarzkopf were recorded in 1953 at the Kingsway Hall, London.

These recordings were made over 60 years ago, but this series of EMI operetta recordings remains unequalled today, due to the sparkling performances of the Philharmonia Orchestra and a stellar group of singers.

The producer of these recordings was Walter Legge and his wife, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, takes the leading soprano roles with unequalled distinction.

The Philharmonia Orchestra plays beautifully for Otto Ackermann and the recorded sound is excellent, considering the age of the recording. There is sufficient dialogue included to satisfy German speakers, but not too much to irritate those who just want to focus on the music.

“Schwarzkopf has both sparkle and youthful vivacity, and the Viljalied - ecstatically drawn out - is unique...The Land of Smiles has a comparably glamorous roster...Schwarzkopf and Kunz sing delectably, and the CD transfers are lively and full of presence.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

Brand New /sealed 2CD + Bonus 3rd CD

Disc: 3
1. Das Land des Lächelns: Libretto
2. Das Land des Lächelns: Synopsis
3. Die Lustige Witwe: Libretto
4. Die Lustige Witwe: Synopsis
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