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Kalman: The Circus Princess / Hallstein, Schock, Oren, Karner, Tilden [DVD]

Album Summary

>Kálmán, Imre : Die Zirkusprinzessin
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Emmerich Kßlman (1882-1953) ranks next to Franz Lehßr as one of the leading representatives of the "Silver Era" of the operetta. The roots of his melodies lie in his love of Hungarian gypsy music and his natural affinity for the Viennese waltz tradition, characterized in the operettas "The Czardas Princess" (1915), "Countess Maritza" (1924) and "The Circus Princess" (1926). Kßlmßn emigrated to America in 1939 but returned to Europe after the War and died in Paris on 30 October 1953. In this entertaining film version of "The Circus Princess" some of the great singer-actors from the 1960s and 70s can once again be seen and heard, including Ingeborg Hallstein, Rudolf Schock and Peter Frankenfeld.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 111 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: German, English, French


Once upon a time...
...a vindictive nobleman contrived the lovely Fedora’s wedding to a circus performer, unaware that this was the man who had loved her before her first marriage. Since this is an operetta, we know all will end happily, but it takes three acts and assorted musical numbers to get us there. This 1969 film (one of a series made for television) opens out the settings--the circus scenes have live animals—and the final trapeze stunt is very nicely managed. Rudolf Schock, in his middle fifties here, doesn’t look bad with the much younger Ingeborg Hallstein. Both are low-key performers, which is preferable to the mugging and overplaying that afflicts some operetta performances. (The comics are a little broader.) The vocal numbers have quite obviously been recorded separately, but the dubbing is mostly good. Clear subtitles make everything easy to follow. No extras on the disc, but a nice booklet. I hope Lehar’s Giuditta is on their list of upcoming titles...
Submitted on 05/06/12 by Jim D. 
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>Emmerich Kálmán (1882 - 1953) : Die Zirkusprinzessin
  • Performers: Peter Frankenfeld (Voice); Ingeborg Hallstein (Soprano); Peter Karner (Voice); Isy Oren (Voice); Rudolf Schock (Tenor); Jane Tilden (Voice)
  • Conductor: Werner Schmidt-Boelcke
  • Ensemble: Graunke Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1912