Notes & Reviews:
Rarely, if ever, has a successful Broadway show received such unanimously rave reviews, yet disappeared so quickly as Victor Herbert's 1906 Dream City & The Magic Knight. The show traces its genesis to attempts by the celebrated vaudeville team of Lew Fields and Joe Weber to interest Victor Herbert in writing music for one of their shows. Herbert had no interest in writing for vaudeville, but when Weber went out on his own as a producer, he contracted with Herbert for a comic opera. Billed as a "Dramatic Pipe in Two Puffs," the show's zany first act was in the musical comedy style; in the middle of the second act as an operatic burlesque, spoofing the conventions of grand opera, particularly Wagner's Lohengrin. The Ohio Light Opera offers a new performance edition, with complete music and dialogue recorded live at the 2014 Summer Festival.
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Karl Goldmark (1830-1915): Overture, op. 38 'Der gefesselte Prometheus'; Symphony Op. 26 'Ländliche Hochzeit' / Robert Schumann PO, Frank Beermann
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Felix Weingartner (1863-1942): Die Dorfschule (The Village School) / Fionnuala McCarthy, soprano; Clemens Bieber, tenor; The Orchestra of the German Oper Berlin, Jacques Lacombe
Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826): Complete Overtures / WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Howard Griffiths
Viola Concertos: Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812), Carl Stamitz (1745-1801), Michael Haydn (1737-1806) / Andra Darzina, viola; Juergen Essl, organ; Urban Camerata
Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838): Violin Sonatas Op. 8/1; Op. 71; Op. 16/2 / Ariadne Daskalakis, violin; Wolfgang Brunner, fortepiano
Works DetailsHerbert, Victor : Dream City, operetta in 2 acts
- Conductor: Steven Byess
- Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Written: 1906