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Carl Millöcker: Gasparone / Rothenberger, Prey, Fuchs, Finke. Heinz Wallberg

Notes & Reviews:

Composed by Carl Millocker in 1884, the three act Viennese operetta, Gasparone, was among Millocker's most successful works. It was first performed in 1884 in Vienna, and within one year it had made its way through Berlin and across the ocean to New York City.

This star-studded recording of Carl Millocker's Gasparone transports listeners back in time to the Mediterranean coast of the 1820s, where the tale take place. A complex plot brings together a band of smugglers who invent a character - Gasparone - who acts as a scapegoat for all the crimes of the neighborhood. Through cunning trickery, the mysterious Gasparone and heroine, Countess Carlotta, find love.

For the 1982 Electrola production, Heinz Wallberg cast Anneliese Rothenberger and Hermann Prey in the lead roles. The delightful work had largely vanished from the repertoire, and this recording played an important role in rescuing Gasparone from oblivion.

MusicWeb International, 28th October 2013
The operetta is frothy and full of joie de vivre...the lovely waltz 'Dunkelrote Rosen' was a distinct asset and its delivery here by Prey is expressively ardent and passionate...Of the supporting roles, Gnnter Wewel shines as a Beckmesser-like Mayor Nasoni...An enjoyable production with Wallberg's orchestra magnificent.


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