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Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826): Complete Overtures / WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Howard Griffiths
Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826): Complete Overtures / WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Howard Griffiths

1 CD / CPO / 2016-03-11

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Der Beherrscher der Geister (The Ruler of the Spirits), overture for orchestra, J. 122 (Op. 27) (rev; Peter Schmoll, overture to the opera; Abu Hassan, overture to the opera; Ob...
Conductors: Griffiths, Howard
Ensemble: ; WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln

Carl Maria von Weber's overtures deriving from the preludes of his various stage works (apart from the Jubilee Overture) range over his entire oeuvre. On...continue...
Recording information: Köln, Philharmonie (06/16/2014-06/17/2014); Köln, Philharmonie (12/02/2013-12/06/2013)....continue...
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Felix Weingartner (1863-1942): Die Dorfschule (The Village School) / Fionnuala McCarthy, soprano; Clemens Bieber, tenor; The Orchestra of the German Oper Berlin, Jacques Lacombe
Felix Weingartner (1863-1942): Die Dorfschule (The Village School) / Fionnuala McCarthy, soprano; Clemens Bieber, tenor; The Orchestra of the German Oper Berlin, Jacques Lacombe

1 CD / CPO / 2016-03-11

Works: Felix Weingartner: Die Dorfschule, opera, Op. 64
Performers: Pena, Matthew
Conductors: Lacombe, Jacques
Ensemble: The Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

A Forgotten Opera by Weingartner. Following the publication of Carl Orff's Gisei, an opera from his early years, we are now releasing its sister work:...continue...
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CPO 777813
Composed to the Soul - Concerti, Quartetti, Arie of Carl Friedrich Abel & Johann Adolph Hasse / Dorothee Mieds, soprano; Himburger Ratsmusik, Simone Eckert
Composed to the Soul - Concerti, Quartetti, Arie of Carl Friedrich Abel & Johann Adolph Hasse / Dorothee Mieds, soprano; Himburger Ratsmusik, Simone Eckert

1 CD / CPO / 2016-02-12

Works: Carl Friedrich Abel: Quartet for Strings in A major, Op. 8/5, WKO 65; Keyboard Concerto in D major, Op. 11/4, WKO 56; Quartet for flute, violin, viola da gamba & cello in B flat major, Op. 8/2, WKO 6...
Performers: Eckert, Simone; Mields, Dorothee
Conductors: Eckert, Simone
Ensemble: Hamburger Ratsmusik

"Composed to the soul": Dorothee Mields Sings Hasse and Abel Laurence Sterne, the famous author of Tristram Shandy, played the gamba as a hobby and...continue...
Recording information: Kirche St. Nikolai, Eckernförde (01/19/2014-01/22/2014)....continue...
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Carl Orff (1895-1982): Gisei - Das Opfer, musikdrama Op. 20 / Kathryn Lewek, Ryan McKinny, Ulrike Helzel, Markus Bruck, Elena Zhidkova, Jana Kurucova. Deutschen Oper Berlin
Carl Orff (1895-1982): Gisei - Das Opfer, musikdrama Op. 20 / Kathryn Lewek, Ryan McKinny, Ulrike Helzel, Markus Bruck, Elena Zhidkova, Jana Kurucova. Deutschen Oper Berlin

1 CD / CPO / 2016-02-12

Works: Carl Orff: Gisei, das Opfer, music drama, Op. 20
Conductors: Lacombe, Jacques
Ensemble: Deutschen Oper Berlin Orchestra

Carl Orff's First Work: Ancient Japan In 1913, when he was only eighteen years old, Carl Orff finished his first opera - Gisei. This tragic...continue...
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Riccardo Zandonai (1883-1944): Francesca da Rimini, opera / Christina Vasileva, Martin Muhle, Juan Orozco, Adrano Graziani, Kim-Lillian Strebel, Bénédicte Tauran. Freiberg PO
Riccardo Zandonai (1883-1944): Francesca da Rimini, opera / Christina Vasileva, Martin Muhle, Juan Orozco, Adrano Graziani, Kim-Lillian Strebel, Bénédicte Tauran. Freiberg PO

2 CD / CPO / 2015-11-13

Works: Riccardo Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini, opera
Performers: Jokovic, Marija [Soprano Vocal]; Schleske, Alejandro Larraga [Vocals]; Strebel, Kim-Lillian [Vocals]; Tauran, Benedicte; Wilson, Sally
Conductors: Bollon, Fabrice
Ensemble: Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg

The genesis of the story of Francesca da Rimini began with verses from Dante's Inferno, then expanded a few decades later by Boccaccio and finally...continue...
Recording information: Rolf Böhme Saal, Konzerthaus Freiburg (07/18/2013-07/23/2013)....continue...
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Intermezzi del Verismo - orchestral interludes from operas by Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Giordano, Cilea, Wolf-Ferrari / Graz PO, Lodovico Zocche
Intermezzi del Verismo - orchestral interludes from operas by Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Giordano, Cilea, Wolf-Ferrari / Graz PO, Lodovico Zocche

1 CD / CPO / 2015-10-09

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Preludio a orchestra; Le Villi; Manon Lescaut; Suor Angelica; Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act; L' Amico Fritz; Le Maschere; Ruggero Leoncavallo: Pa...
Conductors: Zocche, Lodovico
Ensemble: ; Philharmonisches Orchester Graz

The focus of Intermezzi del Verismo is the famous operas of Puccini, Mascagni, and Leoncavallo, rich in emotions and ideas. Here three verismo works by...continue...
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Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812): Symphonies in C & D major; King of Ithaca, overture / Orch. Della Svizzera Italiana, Howard Griffiths
Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812): Symphonies in C & D major; King of Ithaca, overture / Orch. Della Svizzera Italiana, Howard Griffiths

1 CD / CPO / 2015-10-09

Works: Franz Anton Hoffmeister: Der Königssohn aus Ithaka, opera; Symphony in C major (Hickman C8); Symphony in D major (Hickman D8)
Conductors: Griffiths, Howard
Ensemble: ; Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana

F. A. Hoffmeister numbers among the composers born during the 1750s who distanced themselves from the genre of the symphony during the 1790s without completely...continue...
Recording information: Auditorio RSI, Lugano, CH (08/28/2012-08/31/2012)....continue...
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Leo Fall (1873-1925): Die Kaiserin, opera / Miriam Portmann, Jevgenij Taruntsov, Verena Barth-Jurca, Gerhard Balluch, Gabriele Kridl. Franz Lehar-Orchester, Burkert
Leo Fall (1873-1925): Die Kaiserin, opera / Miriam Portmann, Jevgenij Taruntsov, Verena Barth-Jurca, Gerhard Balluch, Gabriele Kridl. Franz Lehar-Orchester, Burkert

2 CD / CPO / 2015-09-11

Works: Leo Fall: Die Kaiserin, operetta
Conductors: Burkert, Marius
Ensemble: Franz Lehar-Orchester

Conspiratorial plots, intrigues and affairs at the court of Austrian Empress Maria Theresa dominate the scenario of Die Kaiserin. However, the true focus of this...continue...
Recording information: Festspielsaal Bad Ischl (08/14/2014-08/16/2014)....continue...
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Leo Fall (1873-1925): Paroli, comic opera / Anke Krabbe, Andrea Bonig, Jorg Durmuller, Michael Roider, Ralf Lukas. WDR Rundfunkorchester Koln, Alex Kober
Leo Fall (1873-1925): Paroli, comic opera / Anke Krabbe, Andrea Bonig, Jorg Durmuller, Michael Roider, Ralf Lukas. WDR Rundfunkorchester Koln, Alex Kober

1 CD / CPO / 2015-07-10

Works: Leo Fall: Paroli, opera
Conductors: Kober, Axel
Ensemble: WDR Rundfunkorchester Koln

With Paroli (originally entitled Frau Denise), a variation on the Figaro theme of the amorous misadventures of a duped, married nobleman set near Paris during...continue...
Recording information: Köln, Philharmonie (03/12/2012-03/24/2012)....continue...
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Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Die Neugierigen Frauen (The Inquisitive Woman), opera / Juergen Linn, Kathrin Goering, Kay Stiefermann, Peter Schoene, Agnete Rasmussen
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Die Neugierigen Frauen (The Inquisitive Woman), opera / Juergen Linn, Kathrin Goering, Kay Stiefermann, Peter Schoene, Agnete Rasmussen

2 CD / CPO / 2015-06-09

Works: Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Le donne curiose, opera
Performers: Adt, Manuel; Auenhammer, Leonhard; Begemann, Hans Christoph; Ettmayr, Matthias; Görne, Kathrin; Hartkopf, Christof; Kaminskaite, Viktorija; Linn, Jurgen; Oh, Moon Yung [Tenor Vocal]; Radomirska,...
Conductors: Schirmer, Ulf

Premiering in Munich in 1903, Le donne curiose numbered among the greatest and earliest successes of the German-Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. No Wagnerian pathos or...continue...
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Carl Maria von Weber: Silvana, opera / Kuane, Krapp, Bothmer; Munich RSO; Schirmer et al.
Carl Maria von Weber: Silvana, opera / Kuane, Krapp, Bothmer; Munich RSO; Schirmer et al.

2 CD / CPO / 2015-04-14

Works: Carl Maria von Weber: Silvana, opera, J. 87
Performers: Bothmer, Ferdinand von; Burkhart, Andreas; Kaune, Michaela; Krapp, Ines [Soprano Vocal]; Nazmi, Tareq; Pauly, Simon; Roth, Detlef; Schörner, Jörg; Woitack, Lea Marlen [Vocals]
Conductors: Schirmer, Ulf; Blank, Robert
Ensemble: Chor des Bayernischen Rundfunksá ; Münchner Rundfunkorchesterá

It was in Frankfurt am Main on 16 September 1810 that Carl Maria von Weber's opera Silvana was first performed. A box-office hit, Silvana is...continue...
Recording information: Prinzregententheater, München (04/17/2010-04/18/2010)....continue...
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Franz Lehár: Paganini / Kristiane Kaiser, sop.; Zoran Todorovich, tnr; Munich Radio SO; Schirmer et al.
Franz Lehár: Paganini / Kristiane Kaiser, sop.; Zoran Todorovich, tnr; Munich Radio SO; Schirmer et al.

2 CD / CPO / 2015-04-14

Works: Franz Lehár: Paganini
Performers: Raudeles, Henry
Conductors: Schirmer, Ulf
Ensemble: Chor des Bayernischen Rundfunksá ; Münchner Rundfunkorchesterá

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...continue...
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E.T.A. Hoffmann (1776-1822): Symphony in E flat major; Overtures to Undine and Aurora; Friedrich Witt: Sinfonia in A / Cologne Academy, Willens
E.T.A. Hoffmann (1776-1822): Symphony in E flat major; Overtures to Undine and Aurora; Friedrich Witt: Sinfonia in A / Cologne Academy, Willens

1 CD / CPO / 2015-02-10

Works: E.T.A. Hoffmann: Symphony in E flat major; Undine; Aurora; Friedrich Witt: Symphony in A major
Conductors: Willens, Michael Alexander
Ensemble: ; Cologne Academy

E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822) is rightly regarded as one of the great writers of German romanticism but not as one of the epoch's great...continue...
Recording information: Deutschlandfunk, Kammermusiksaal (01/08/2014-01/11/2014)....continue...
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Franz Lehár: Der Graf von Luxemburg, operetta / Osnabrück Theater Chorus & SO / Inbal
Franz Lehár: Der Graf von Luxemburg, operetta / Osnabrück Theater Chorus & SO / Inbal

2 CD / CPO / 2015-01-13

Works: Franz Lehár: Der Graf von Luxemburg
Performers: Haase, Marie-Christine [Vocals]; Vassalli, Marco; Wagner, Daniel
Conductors: Inbal, Daniel
Ensemble: Osnabrück Theater Chorus; Osnabrück Theater Symphony Orchestra

Franz Lehar's Der Graf von Luxemburg bubbles over with catchy melodies, and dramaturgically it is the master's finest operetta. A glowing review for the operetta's...continue...
Recording information: Groáer Saal der Osnabrückhalle (08/31/2012/09/01/2012)....continue...
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Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello (1690-1758): Tisbe, opera pastorale / Nina Bernsteiner, Flavio Ferri-Benedetti, Julius Pfeifer, Matteo Bellotto
Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello (1690-1758): Tisbe, opera pastorale / Nina Bernsteiner, Flavio Ferri-Benedetti, Julius Pfeifer, Matteo Bellotto

2 CD / CPO / 2014-11-11

Works: Giuseppi Antonio Brescianello: Tisbe, opera
Performers: Bellotto, Matteo; Bernsteiner, Nina; Halubek, Jorg; Pfeiffer, Julius [Tenor Vocal]
Conductors: Halubek, Jorg
Ensemble: Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra

A. G. Brescianello’s (1690-1758) Tisbe, based on the popular tale of Pyramus and Thisbe, was the result of a commission from the Duke Eberhard IV...continue...
Recording information: Mozartsaal, Liederhalle, Stuttgart (09/30/2012-10/02/2012)....continue...
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Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739): Pomona, opera / Hirsch, Harer, sopranos; O. Vermeulen, mz.; Podger, Schoch, tenors; Spogis, Gottschick, bar; Capella Orlandi Bremen; Ihlenfeldt
Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739): Pomona, opera / Hirsch, Harer, sopranos; O. Vermeulen, mz.; Podger, Schoch, tenors; Spogis, Gottschick, bar; Capella Orlandi Bremen; Ihlenfeldt

2 CD / CPO / 2014-10-14

Works: Reinhard Keiser: Pomona, opera
Performers: Gottschick, Jörg; Harer, Magdalene; Hirsch, Melanie [Soprano Vocal]; Kobow, Jan; Podger, Julian; Sandmann, Doerthe Maria; Schoch, Knut; Spogis, Raimonds; Vermeulen, Olivia
Conductors: Ihlenfeldt, Thomas
Ensemble: Capella Orlandi Bremen

Reinhard Keiser is regarded as one of the most important German baroque era opera composers; Pomona forms the ideal introduction to the world of German-language...continue...
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Carl Millocker: Gasparone / Portmann; Zisterer; Martin; Ernst. Burkert
Carl Millocker: Gasparone / Portmann; Zisterer; Martin; Ernst. Burkert

2 CD / CPO / 2014-09-09

Works: Carl Millöcker: Gasparone, operetta
Conductors: Burkert, Marius
Ensemble: Chor des Lehar Festival Bad Ischl; Franz Lehar-Orchester

Despite the international triumph of his operetta Der Bettelstudent (1882), Carl Millöcker (1842-99), even in his lifetime, appeared fated to stand in the background. His...continue...
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Hermann Goetz: Complete Piano Works / Christof Keymer, piano
Hermann Goetz: Complete Piano Works / Christof Keymer, piano

2 CD / CPO / 2014-09-09

Works: Hermann Goetz: Genrebilder, Op 13; Waldmärchen, for piano; Sonatina in F, Op 8/1; Sonatina in E flat, Op 8/2; Alwinen-Polka, for piano; Es ist bestimmt in Gottes Rath, for piano; Fantasie for pi...
Performers: Keymer, Christof

Today Hermann Goetz (1840-76) numbers among the forgotten 19th c. composers - a most undeserved fate. Unfavorable personal circumstances and his early death meant that...continue...
Recording information: Kleiner Sendesaal des Landesfunkhaus NDR Hannover (02/01/2011-02/03/2011)....continue...
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Franz Lehar: Where the Lark Sings / Marius Burkert
Franz Lehar: Where the Lark Sings / Marius Burkert

2 CD / CPO / 2014-08-12

Works: Franz Lehár: Wo die Lerche singt (Where the Larks Sings), operetta in 3 acts
Performers: Ernst, Gerhard; Gerold, Wolfgang [Tenor Vocal]
Conductors: Burkert, Marius
Ensemble: Franz Lehar-Orchester

Franz Lehár's operetta 'Wo die Lerche singt' concerns a young country girl who falls for a painter, leaves her fiancé to follow the painter to...continue...
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Richard Strauss: Intermezzo Op. 72 / Simone Schneider, Brigitte Fassbaender, Markus Eiche. Ulf Schirmer
Richard Strauss: Intermezzo Op. 72 / Simone Schneider, Brigitte Fassbaender, Markus Eiche. Ulf Schirmer

2 CD / CPO / 2014-08-12

Works: Richard Strauss: Intermezzo, Op. 72
Performers: Bulgakova, Maria [Soprano Vocal]; Dries, Michael; Eiche, Markus; Gunnell, Brenden; Homrich, Martin; Kugel, Marc [Bass Baritone]; Missenhardt, Gunter; Mitterhuber, Sophie [Soprano Vocal]; Schone, Pete...
Conductors: Schirmer, Ulf
Ensemble: Munchner Rundfunkorchester

The tension between a high-flying artistic existence and down-to-earth middle-class life in the person of the composer Richard Strauss was the theme of the 2011...continue...
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August Enna (1859-1939): Violin Concerto; Overture Cleopatra; Symphonic Fantasy / Hermann Baumer
August Enna (1859-1939): Violin Concerto; Overture Cleopatra; Symphonic Fantasy / Hermann Baumer

1 CD / CPO / 2014-07-08

Works: August Enna: Cleopatra; Concerto for Violin in D major; Symphonic Fantasy, for violin & orchestra
Performers: Rabus, Kathrin
Conductors: Bäumer, Hermann
Ensemble: ; NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover

After Heksen (The Witch), August Enna's greatest and most successful opera, his next magnificent stage work followed already in 1893 with the opera Kleopatra (Cleopatra)...continue...
Recording information: Groáer Sendesaal, Funkhaus NDR Hannover (02/14/2011-02/18/2011)....continue...
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Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Élémens; Rameau: Suite Castor et Pollux / L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra
Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Élémens; Rameau: Suite Castor et Pollux / L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra

1 CD / CPO / 2014-06-10

Works: Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Éléments, simphonie nouvelle for 2 violins, 2 flutes & continuo; Jean-Philippe Rameau: Suite aus Castor et Pollux
Conductors: Gaigg, Michi
Ensemble: ; L'Orfeo Barockorchester

Tone-Color Tour de Force Many fans of French music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries surely must have been disappointed when this CD now being...continue...
Recording information: Kirche der Barmherzigen Brüder, Schärding am Inn, Öster (06/21/2007-06/23/2007)....continue...
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Francesco Cilea: L'Arlesianna / Giuseppe Filianoti, Iano Tamar, Mirela Bunoaica, Kyoung-Eun Lee, Jin Seok Lee
Francesco Cilea: L'Arlesianna / Giuseppe Filianoti, Iano Tamar, Mirela Bunoaica, Kyoung-Eun Lee, Jin Seok Lee

2 CD / CPO / 2014-05-27

Works: Francesco Cilèa: L'Arlesiana, opera
Conductors: Bollon, Fabrice
Ensemble: Opernchor und Kinderchor des Theaters Freiburg

During the Italian verismo Francesco Cilea was the master of subtle portraits of the human soul. Leopoldo Marenco's libretto was based on Alphonse Daudet's drama...continue...
Recording information: Rolf Böhme Saal, Konzerthaus Freiburg (07/12/2012-07/17/2012)....continue...
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Gloria Dresdensis - orchestral pieces by Hasse, Pisendel, Fasch, Brescianello, Handel / Dresden Baroque Orch.
Gloria Dresdensis - orchestral pieces by Hasse, Pisendel, Fasch, Brescianello, Handel / Dresden Baroque Orch.

1 CD / CPO / 2014-04-29

Works: Giuseppi Antonio Brescianello: Symphony in D major; Johann Georg Pisendel: Sonata da chiesa for strings, 2 oboes & continuo in C minor; Johann Adolf Hasse: Demofoonte; Johann Friedrich Fasch: Overtur...
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Ensemble: Dresden Baroque Orchestra

Dresden was a music capital of European rank during the 17th-18th centuries. It was in Dresden that important composers and musicians of the time lived...continue...
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Leo Fall (1873-1925): Madame Pompadour, opera / Annette Dasch, Heinz Zednik. Andreas Schuller
Leo Fall (1873-1925): Madame Pompadour, opera / Annette Dasch, Heinz Zednik. Andreas Schuller

1 CD / CPO / 2014-03-25

Works: Leo Fall: Madame Pompadour, operetta
Conductors: Schuller, Andreas
Ensemble: Volksoper Wien

Leo Fall's (1873-1925) operetta Madame Pompadour is regarded as this composer's wittiest and most outstanding work of this genre. This CD presents the production by...continue...
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Offenbach: La Perichole / Sabine Brohm, Ralf Simon, Gerd Wiemer, Bernd Koennes, Marcus Guenzel
Offenbach: La Perichole / Sabine Brohm, Ralf Simon, Gerd Wiemer, Bernd Koennes, Marcus Guenzel

2 CD / CPO / 2013-10-29

Works: Jacques Offenbach: La Périchole, operetta in 2 acts
Conductors: Theis, Ernst
Ensemble: Dresden State Opera Orchestra

CPO's series featuring productions by the Dresden State Operetta has quickly gained renown with its discoveries of unknown works by Johann Strauss. When the same...continue...
Personnel: Sabine Brohm (soprano); Elmar Andree , Isabell Schmitt (vocals); Elke Kottmair, Jessica Glatte (soprano); Annegret Reiámann, Tanja Höft (mezzo soprano); Bernd Franke, Ralf Sim...continue...
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Albert Lortzing (1802-1851): Regina / Stojkovic, Holzhausen, Broekhuizen, Kirch, Schoene. Ulf Schirmer
Albert Lortzing (1802-1851): Regina / Stojkovic, Holzhausen, Broekhuizen, Kirch, Schoene. Ulf Schirmer

2 CD / CPO / 2013-09-24

Works: Albert Lortzing: Regina, opera
Conductors: Schirmer, Ulf
Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Chorus

Regina is indeed a very unusual opera by Albert Lortzing: a romantic political 'liberation opera' in which the main characters are workers that go on...continue...
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Franz Lehar: Das Furstenkind (The Prince's Child) / Chen Reiss; Mary Mills; Matthias Klink; Ralf Simon / Ulf Schirmer
Franz Lehar: Das Furstenkind (The Prince's Child) / Chen Reiss; Mary Mills; Matthias Klink; Ralf Simon / Ulf Schirmer

2 CD / CPO / 2013-06-25

Works: Franz Lehár: Das Fürstenkind (Maids of Athens), operetta in 2 acts
Performers: Cilic, Marko; Eberle, Christian; Holzhauser, Theresa; Klink, Matthias; Mills, Mark; Peter, Mauro [Tenor Vocal]; Raudeles, Henry; Reiss, Chen; Schorner, Jorg; Simon, Ralf
Conductors: Schirmer, Ulf
Ensemble: Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra

Das Fuerstenkind (The Prince's Child) has always been an "insider's tip" in Lehár's oeuvre, and the composer himself regarded this robbers' tale from Greece premiered...continue...
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Richard Strauss: Die schweigsame Frau / Franz Hawlata, Monika Straube, Andreas Kindschuh, Bernhard Berchtold, Julia Bauer
Richard Strauss: Die schweigsame Frau / Franz Hawlata, Monika Straube, Andreas Kindschuh, Bernhard Berchtold, Julia Bauer

3 CD / CPO / 2013-04-30

Works: Richard Strauss: Die schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman), opera, Op. 80 (TrV 265)
Conductors: Beermann, Frank
Ensemble: Robert Schumann Philharmonie

Die schweigsame Frau by Strauss, premiered in 1935, represents what is perhaps his most virtuosic and technically demanding score both for the orchestra and the...continue...
Recording information: Opera House, Chemnitz, Germany (05/07/2012-05/12/2012)....continue...
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Franz Lehár: Der Göttergatte / Andergast, Herze, Dermota, Borsos, Liewehr. Max Schonherr
Franz Lehár: Der Göttergatte / Andergast, Herze, Dermota, Borsos, Liewehr. Max Schonherr

2 CD / CPO / 2013-02-26

Works: Franz Lehár: Der Göttergatte, operetta in 3 acts (revised as "Die ideale Gattin")
Performers: Andergast, Liesl [Vocals]; Borsos, Franz [Vocals]; Dermota, Anton [Tenor Vocals]; Herze, Henny [Vocals]; Holzschuh, Lizzi [Vocals]; Liewehr, Fred
Conductors: Schonherr, Max
Ensemble: Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

This historical recording from 1945 (a few weeks prior to the end of World War II!) is a gem and could not be topped by...continue...
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Felix Draeseke: Complete Symphonies / Weigle
Felix Draeseke: Complete Symphonies / Weigle

3 CD / CPO / 2013-02-26

Works: Felix Draeseke: Symphony no 1 in G major, Op. 12; Symphony no 4 in E minor / G major, "Symphonia Comica", WoO 38; Gudrun; Symphony no 2 in F major, Op. 25; Serenade in D major, Op. 49; Symphony no 3...
Conductors: Weigle, Jörg-Peter
Ensemble: ; NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Draeseke was one of the most prominent exponents of the music of his times in German-speaking countries. He developed a late romantic compositional style modeled...continue...
Recording information: Groáer Sendesaal des Landesfunkhauses Niedersachsen des (1997-12-??&1998-09-??&1998-)....continue...
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Gustav Kerker (1847-1923): Die oberen Zehntausend; Burning To Sing or Singing To Burn / Elke Kottmair, Nadja Stefanoff, Gerd Wierner
Gustav Kerker (1847-1923): Die oberen Zehntausend; Burning To Sing or Singing To Burn / Elke Kottmair, Nadja Stefanoff, Gerd Wierner

2 CD / CPO / 2013-01-29

Works: Gustave Kerker: Die oberen Zehntautend, operetta; Burning to Sing, or Singing to Burn, operetta; The Belle of New York (Selection from the Musical Comedy)
Performers: Kottmair, Elke
Conductors: Griffiths, Howard
Ensemble: ; NDR Radio Philharmonic Hannover

Kerker seems not to have existed at all, but his birth (1847) is documented in the registry and when he died (1923), the NY Times...continue...
Recording information: Groáer Sandesaal der NDR Landesfunkhauses Hannover (2009-09-03_2009-09-04&2009-)....continue...

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Carl Reinthaler: Das Käthchen von Heilbronn (Kate of Heilbronn) / Mulder, Carlucci, Papandreou, Schone
Carl Reinthaler: Das Käthchen von Heilbronn (Kate of Heilbronn) / Mulder, Carlucci, Papandreou, Schone

2 CD / CPO / 2012-07-31

Works: Karl Reinthaler: Das Käthchen von Heilbronn, opera in 4 acts
Conductors: Bachli, Samuel
Ensemble: Philharmonisches Orchester Erfurt

Reinthaler was born in the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt, 1822. His obtained his first job as a voice teacher at the Cologne Conservatory and later...continue...
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Johann Strauss II: Prinz Methusalem / Jana Frey, Jessica Glatte, Frank Ernst, Gerd Wieme
Johann Strauss II: Prinz Methusalem / Jana Frey, Jessica Glatte, Frank Ernst, Gerd Wieme

2 CD / CPO / 2012-06-26

Works: Johann Strauss II: Prinz Methusalem (Prince Methuselah), operetta (RV 505)
Conductors: Theis, Ernst
Ensemble: Dresden State Opera Orchestra

Prinz Methusalem is now the 3rd discovery of an unknown operetta by Strauss on cpo. Strauss deliberately designed his Methusalem for the Paris stage. After...continue...
Recording information: Schlachthof Dresden (2010-08-17_2010-08-19&2010-)....continue...
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Franz Schreker: Der Schmied von Gent / Oliver Zwarg
Franz Schreker: Der Schmied von Gent / Oliver Zwarg

2 CD / CPO / 2012-04-24

Works: Franz Schreker: Der Schmied von Gent, opera in 3 acts
Performers: Barth, Christiane; Erzleben, Anna; Gabler, Martin; Kuhn, Judith [Vocals]; Mathger, Thomas; Räsänen, Kouta [Vocals]; Randall, Edward; Riemer, Andre; Sawaley, Victor; Sitka, David; Winter, Ma...
Conductors: Beermann, Frank
Ensemble: Robert Schumann Philharmonie

In 1929, Schreker was in the midst of a creative crisis: his publisher and the public had rejected his 2 most recent operas. The public...continue...
Recording information: Opera House, Chemnitz, Germany (2010-01-28_2010-01-30&2010-)....continue...
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Georg Philipp Telemann: Germanicus / Scholl, Rexroth, Bohm, Berndt, Bellmann
Georg Philipp Telemann: Germanicus / Scholl, Rexroth, Bohm, Berndt, Bellmann

3 CD / CPO / 2012-01-31

Works: Georg Philipp Telemann: Germanicus, opera, TWV deest
Conductors: Schwarz, Gotthold
Ensemble: Sachsisches Baroque Orchestra

The history of the Leipzig Opera in the 18th century was vibrant but short (1692-1720). Heinichen, Fasch, Pisendel, Stoelzel and Telemann were its composers. Sadly,...continue...
Recording information: Altes Theater am Jerichoer Platz, Magdeburg (03/16/2010-03/19/2010)....continue...
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Franz Lehar: Frasquita, operetta / Praxmarer, Schirrmacher, Bergmann, Scherwitzl
Franz Lehar: Frasquita, operetta / Praxmarer, Schirrmacher, Bergmann, Scherwitzl

2 CD / CPO / 2011-09-27

Works: Franz Lehár: Frasquita, operetta in 3 acts (revised as opera)
Conductors: Praxmarer, Vinzenz
Ensemble: Franz Lehar Festival Choir

For Franz Lehár 1919 was a productive and most highly inspired year during which he worked on three operettas: Die blaue Mazur, Die gelbe Jacke...continue...
Recording information: Festspielsaal Bad Ischl (08/14/2010-08/16/2010)....continue...
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CPO 777592
Leo Fall: Der Fidele Bauer, operetta in 2 acts / Bergmann, Maszl, Suhrada
Leo Fall: Der Fidele Bauer, operetta in 2 acts / Bergmann, Maszl, Suhrada

2 CD / CPO / 2011-08-30

Works: Leo Fall: Der fidele Bauer, operetta
Conductors: Praxmarer, Vinzenz
Ensemble: Lehar Festival Choir; Lehar Festival Orchestra

Successful operettas from the past, practically never included in the performance programs of normal theaters today, but today, one is being rescued from oblivion in...continue...
Recording information: Festspielsaal Bad Ischl (08/23/2010-08/25/2010)....continue...
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CPO 777591
Orff / Monteverdi: Orpheus; Klage der Ariadne / Baechle, Selinger, Stiefermann, Everding, Nazmi
Orff / Monteverdi: Orpheus; Klage der Ariadne / Baechle, Selinger, Stiefermann, Everding, Nazmi

1 Super Audio CD / CPO / 2011-08-30

Works: Carl Orff: Orpheus, opera in 3 acts (adaptation of Monteverdi's "Orfeo"); Klage der Ariadne, stage work (adaptation of Monteverdi's "Lamento d'Arianna")
Performers: Baechle, Janina
Conductors: Schirmer, Ulf
Ensemble: Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra

In co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk comes Orpheus. First performed in 1925, this recording stars Janina Baechle, Michaela Selinger, Kay Stiefermann, Marcus Everding and Tareq Nazmi...continue...
Recording information: Andechs, Florian-Stadl (07/07/2010-07/10/2010)....continue...
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Oskar Nedbal: Die Winzerbraut, operetta / Muller-Lorenz, Turba, Niedermeyr, Rainer
Oskar Nedbal: Die Winzerbraut, operetta / Muller-Lorenz, Turba, Niedermeyr, Rainer

2 CD / CPO / 2011-06-28

Works: Oskar Nedbal: Die Winzerbraut (The Vineyard Bride), operetta in 3 acts
Conductors: Mogg, Herbert
Ensemble: Schonbrunn Music Theater

Like many later operetta masters, Oskar Nedbal received a classical education, in his case from Antonín Dvorák. His 2nd operetta, Polenblut (Polish Blood) became an...continue...
Recording information: Casino Baumgarten, Wien (08/10/2010-08/12/2010)....continue...
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Waltershausen: Oberst Chabert (Colonel Chabert), opera / Skovhus, Very, Uhl, Pauly,Kaufmann
Waltershausen: Oberst Chabert (Colonel Chabert), opera / Skovhus, Very, Uhl, Pauly,Kaufmann

2 CD / CPO / 2011-05-31

Works: Hermann Wolfgang von Waltershausen: Oberst Chabert, opera in 3 acts
Conductors: Lacombe, Jacques

The Opera Oberst Chabert (Colonel Chabert) premiered in Frankfurt in 1912 and was written by Hermann von Waltershausen when he was just 30 years of...continue...
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Aga Mikolaj sings Strauss & Mozart
Aga Mikolaj sings Strauss & Mozart

1 CD / CPO / 2011-03-29

Works: Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, AV 150; Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60; Capriccio, Op.85; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492; Don Giovanni; Così fan...
Performers: Mikolaj, Aga
Conductors: Sollak, Karl

"I first met Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in June 2001 during a master class. I had come from Poland in search of assistance that would enable me...continue...
Recording information: Stadthalle Bergheim (09/21/2009-09/25/2009)....continue...
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CPO 777641
Engelbert Humperdinck: Sleeping Beauty, opera
Engelbert Humperdinck: Sleeping Beauty, opera

2 CD / CPO / 2011-01-25

Works: Engelbert Humperdinck: Dornröschen (Sleeping Beauty), opera
Conductors: Schirmer, Ulf

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[Fassbaender's] part is purely a spoken one, done with immense sinister relish. There are some lovely orchestral interludes, and no lover of Hansel...continue...
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Best of Symphonic Lehár
Best of Symphonic Lehár

4 CD / CPO / 2011-01-25

Works: Franz Lehár: Tatjana, opera; Fieber, symphonic poem for voice & orchestra (from song collection "Aus eiserner Zeit"), V. 16; Il guado, symphonic poem for orchestra, NV 97; Concertino for violin ...
Performers: Banfield, Volker; Gambill, Robert; Harden, Wolf [Piano]; Honda-Rosenberg, Latica; Worlitzsch, Volker
Conductors: Seibel, Klauspeter; Jurowski, Michail
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E.T.A. Hoffmann: Love and Jealousy
E.T.A. Hoffmann: Love and Jealousy

2 CD / CPO / 2010-10-26

Works: E.T.A. Hoffmann: Liebe und Eifersucht, opera, AV33
Conductors: Hofstetter, Michael

Love and jealousy are feelings that have always moved human hearts, and in this particular case a blue sash and a flower presented to the...continue...
Personnel: Gary Martin, Stefan Sevenich, Robert Sellier, Florian Simson, Thérèse Wincent, Sybille Specht, Sybilla Duffe, Christina Gerstberger, Jörg Simon (vocals).

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Schumann: Collection of Music
Schumann: Collection of Music

3 CD / CPO / 2010-09-28

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Songs (2) for voice & piano (Eichendorff); Songs (2); Gondollied, for piano in A major ("Barcarole"); Adolf Henselt: Rhapsody for piano in F minor, Op. 4; Impromptu for piano, Op. ...
Performers: Benfer, Tillmann; Connaire, Michael; Cord Garben [Conductor/Piano]; Grobe, Ralf; Kaufmann, Hans Wilhelm; Kobow, Jan; Pruys, Andreas; Sharoni, Miriam; Sticken, Klaus; Stojkovic, Johanna; Winter, Veron...
Conductors: Helbich, Wolfgang

Anniversary years often celebrate what we all already know, but sometimes they also serve a useful purpose, especially when they reveal previously unknown facets of...continue...
Recording information: Lutheran City Church, Bückeburg, Germany (05/11/2009); Sendesaal Bremen (05/11/2009); Lutheran City Church, Bückeburg, Germany (2009-09-??_2009-10-??&2010-); Sendesaal...continue...
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CPO 777595
Carl Zeller: Der Obersteiger
Carl Zeller: Der Obersteiger

2 CD / CPO / 2010-06-29

Works: Carl Zeller: Der Obersteiger
Conductors: Mogg, Herbert

"Less work and more pay!" It was with this perennial demand that Senior Overman Martin instigated the first strike on the Viennese operetta stage. Even...continue...
Recording information: Schönbrunner Schlosstheater, Vienna, Austria (08/15/2009-08/17/2009)....continue...
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Theodore Gouvy: Iphigenie En Tauride
Theodore Gouvy: Iphigenie En Tauride

2 CD / CPO / 2010-06-29

Works: Théodore Gouvy: Iphigénie en Tauride, opera, Op. 7
Conductors: Fontaine, Joachim

Political and cultural circumstances - depending on whether Lorraine/Lothringen belonged to France or Germany - made Theodore Gouvy a border crosser between these two countries....continue...
Recording information: Evangelical Church, Saarlouis, Germany (12/10/2006-12/11/2006)....continue...
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CPO 777504
Lehar: Der Zarewitsch
Lehar: Der Zarewitsch

2 CD / CPO / 2010-05-25

Works: Franz Lehár: Der Zarewitsch
Performers: Klink, Matthias; Landshamer, Christina [Soprano Vocals]; Reinprecht, Alexandra; Winkler, Andreas
Conductors: Schirmer, Ulf

Franz Lehar's first stage work, the opera 'Tatjana', was set in Russia and very much stamped by Russian folklore and local color. At the height...continue...
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CPO 777523
Franz Von Suppe: Pique Dame
Franz Von Suppe: Pique Dame

1 CD / CPO / 2010-01-26

Works: Franz von Suppé: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades), operetta
Conductors: Jurowski, Michail

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...continue...
Recording information: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal (11/21/2006/11/29/2006)....continue...
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