Notes & Reviews:
Pushkin as operetta? No, Franz von Suppe's operetta "Pique Dame", which received its premiere in 1864, has practically nothing in common with Pushkin's story "Pikawaja Dama" of 1834, which made operatic history 50 years later as "Pique Dame" set to music by Tchaikovsky. There are only nine numbers, but they show precisely the musical resources used by the still-young genre of Viennese operetta and how it absorbed all the music that had ever been heard in this city.
International Record Review
This is an operetta more in the vein of Offenbach's than in the later waltz-wallowing ones of Lehár. It has a wide variety of rhythms, all well paraded by Michail Jurowski. The Overture and the ensemble which Suppé called 'Orgy' have liveliness, verve and zest, and if that is tautological, they deserve the nouns...All is well recorded and very enjoyable.
Recording information: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal (11/21/2006/11/29/2006).
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Works DetailsSuppé, Franz v. : Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades), operetta
- Conductor: Michail Jurowski
- Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal (11/21/2006/11/29/2006)
- Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1862