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Korngold: Die stumme Serenade / Warah Wegener, Leone, Reich, Rodde et al.

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>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die stumme Serenade (The Silent Serenade), musical comedy, Op. 36

Album Summary

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die stumme Serenade (The Silent Serenade), musical comedy, Op. 36
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Korngold's last stage work set in Naples around 1820 may have been a bit silly, but the music is extraordinarily appealing and attractive. Stylistically, Die stumme Serenade is a peculiar mix of opera, operetta, revue and some of its catchy melodies would have done well during the 1920s in a Berlin cabaret show. This could be why it was a total flop in 1954: it was regarded as too old-fashioned and not in step with the musical stage works of those times.

BBC Music Magazine
This is a wonderfully silly operetta: cross Lehar with Gilbert and Sullivan and the Marx Brothers... but it remains heartwarming and inspired nonetheless... Sarah Wegener is a pert, soulful Silvia, partnered by the warm-toned Birger Radde as Andrea, while the Holst Sinfonietta sparkles like a Viennese Christmas tree.

International Record Review
It's an immense pleasure to welcome this recording...The playing throughout Simon's excellent performance is crisp and stylish...The overall impression of this performance is of the greatest assurance and of sheer enjoyment: a few trifling moments aside, it's hard to imagine it being done with greater relish.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Groáer Saal, EWERK, Freiburg (04/20/2009-04/24/2009).



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>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die stumme Serenade (The Silent Serenade), musical comedy, Op. 36
  • Performers: Birger Radde (Tenor); Sarah Wegener (Voice); Werner Klockow (Spoken Vocals); Wolf Aschmoneit (Voice); Sebastian Reich (Voice); Lena Lefari (Voice); Kerstin Manz (Voice); Jutta Lauer (Voice); Juliane Hollerbach (Voice); Franziska Gundert (Voice); Frank Buchwald (Voice); Anna-Lucia Leone (Voice)
  • Conductor: Klaus Simon
  • Ensemble: Holst Sinfonetta
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, EWERK, Freiburg (04/20/2009-04/24/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946