- Henry Raudeles (Violin)
Notes & Reviews:
Following his first reading of the libretto, Franz Lehar himself wrote of the igniting sparks inspiring him to write his Paganini operetta. Since this inspirational thriller's premiere took place during the night prior to his fifty-third birthday on 30 April 1923, the composer viewed his work as "a birthday present from our dear God." And divine providence had a second present ready for Lehar: an encounter with Richard Tauber at the Salzburg Festival of 1924. Lehar had found the interpreter corresponding to the ideal always nurtured in his imagination and Tauber the composer capable of rendering audible his special qualities. This live 'Paganini' production from Munich in October 2009 features the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Muenchner Rundfunkorchester, conductor Ulf Schirmer and a distinguished cast of vocal soloists including Kristiane Kaiser, Eva Liebau, Zoran Todorovich and Martin Zysset.
American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Lehar's music is always beautiful, with lilting waltzes and attractive arias, duets, and ensembles. This newly released complete recording in German is from a 2009 Munich stage performance. It is sung and played very well. The remainder of the cast is excellent, in particular Zysset as a baffled Pimpinelli. The chorus, orchestra, and conducting are all very good and the sound excellent. The English and German booklet has a scene by scene synopsis and performer biographies.
Recording information: Prinzregententheater, München (10/11/2009).
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Works DetailsLehár, Franz : Paganini
- Performer: Henry Raudeles (Violin)
- Conductor: Ulf Schirmer
- Ensemble: Münchner Rundfunkorchesterá
- Notes: Composition written: 1924-25.
- Running Time: 37 min. 35 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1924-1925