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Lehar: Friederike, Singspiel

Album Summary

>Lehár, Franz : Friederike, operetta in 3 acts
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Notes & Reviews:

Quite a few complaints have been lodged against Franz Lehar's 'Friederike', from its premiere in 1928 until the present day. How could anyone seriously consider (and serious it was) presenting a historical figure like the German poet and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in the guise of operetta characters? Despite the controversial subject, there is never a banal melody, always the most elegant instrumentation, and wonderfully constructed scenes and finales.

Gramophone Magazine
The glorious voice of the soprano Kristiane Kaiser in the title-role is matched by the powerful tenor of Klaus Florian Vogt as Goethe. The secondary leads are equally convincing. Sylvia Schwartz's bright soprano offers a happy contrast to Kaiser's Friederike with Daniel Behle as Lenz bringing a darker tenor timbre that sets him off against Vogt's Goethe. The Munich Radio Orchestra revels in the pastoral colourings of Lehár's music, inspired by the Alsace-Lorraine setting, with the flute and horns deserving a special mention. It's a strong... idiomatic reading from Schirmer who never fails to convey his love for Lehár's elegant and infectious score.


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>Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948) : Friederike, operetta in 3 acts
  • Performers: Georg Liener (Violin); Andreas Götz (Organ); Klaus Vogt (Tenor); Stefanie Ruck; Atsuko Suzuki (Voice); Simona Brüninghaus; Kristiane Kaiser (Soprano); Daniel Behle (Tenor); Sylvia Schwartz (Soprano); Barbara Fleckenstein (Soprano); Valentin Radu (Cello)
  • Conductor: Ulf Schirmer
  • Notes: Composition written: Germany.
  • Running Time: 42 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live