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Franz Lehar: Paganini / Theba, Stratas, Heesters, Koller [DVD]

Album Summary

>Lehár, Franz : Paganini
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Franz Lehár's operetta "Paganini" (Vienna, 1925) marked the start of a new period in the composer’s work that was strongly influenced by the tenor Richard Tauber. Lehár now began to write works that were highly demanding in vocal terms and stylistically closely modelled on the opera repertoire. The enormous success achieved by these works prove how right he was in not merely trying to make people laugh, but also to provide them with emotionally moving situations. One of the most successful operettas from this period was undoubtedly "Paganini", which includes the immortal melody "Gern hab' ich die Frau'n geküsst". Now for the first time, the legendary 1973 film version of the operetta offers an opportunity to experience once again stars like Teresa Stratas, Peter Kraus, Dagmar Koller and, last but not least, Johannes Heesters.

Fanfare Magazine, July / August 2012
The movie is in standard format and PCM stereo, with no regional coding, and German, English, and French subtitles. It's The Music Man adapted for musically informed audiences, and everybody who loves the violin should be delighted to have it available. Returning to our starting point, all of us, like the ladies of River City, Iowa, should be "agog." Urgently recommended.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 107 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: German, English, French


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Works Details

>Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948) : Paganini
  • Performers: Antonio Theba (Tenor); Teresa Stratas (Soprano); Peter Kraus (Voice); Dagmar Koller (Soprano); Johannes Heesters (Voice)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Ebert
  • Ensemble: Graunke Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1924-1925