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Anton Paulik - Vienna, Women and Song (CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE))

Anton Paulik - Vienna, Women and Song (CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE))
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Anton Paulik - Vienna, Women and Song (CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE))

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Anton Paulik - Vienna, Women and Song (CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE))

A feast of Viennese operetta on two Decca albums, newly remastered and reissued complete.

Born in Bratislava –Pressburg, as it was in 1901 –Anton Paulikbecame a reassuring presence for decades in the pit at the 'lighter' Viennese lyric theatres, who could make the music of the 'Waltz King' and his successors sparkle and swirl like few others. In charge at the Volksoperone night in summer 1969, Paulikwas 'flawless and apparently ageless' according to the critic for Opera, who got to the heart of the conductor's gifts: he 'knows how to play operettas so that they were whistled in the streets from the premiere onwards, and he knows how to make them sound respectable at the same time. In this respect he is comparable only with the Clemens Krauss of the famous Fledermaus recording' (also reissued by Eloquence, 4827379).

In 1958 Paulikand the Volksoperhad recorded an album of excerpts from Emmerich Kálmán'sbest-known hit, GrafinMäritza. This was done under studio conditions at the city's Sofiensaal, but thoroughly 'run in' after performances of a new production at the Volksoper. Paulik'spresence on the podium was a guarantor of authenticity: he had led the premiere back in 1926 at the Theater an der Wien. Marcel Prawy, who was close to Kálmánduring the composer's last years, produced the recording for RCA (it first appeared on Decca in 1973). To get them in the proper mood, Prawytook the entire cast to the nearby Hungarian border at Lake Neusiedel. While searching for a genuine gypsy band, Prawyand Paulikwent to Vienna's Pataky Restaurant where a new group had recently made its début. They signed the band on the spot, loaded the gypsies into two taxis, went to the Sofiensaaland began to rehearse.

In December 1970, Paulikand the Volksoperreturned to the Sofiensaal, this time for Decca, to record a double-LP of Viennese operetta, which was duly released the following year as 'Vienna, Women and Song'. The set amounts to a history of the genre, as historically valuable as it is effortlessly enjoyable, opening with a duet from Der Zigeunerbaronand closing with a standalone song by Willy Czernik(1901-99, Chi sa? Between them feature hit numbers from perennial favouritessuch as Millocker'sDas Bettelstudent, Suppe'sBoccaccio, gems of Lehar from Die lustigeWitwe, Das Land des Lächelns, Paganini and several others, before bringing the operattastory up to date with Kálmán, Künnekeand names now less familiar to us such as Rudolf Kattnig(MädelsvomRhein) and Nico Dostal (Die ungarischeHochzeit). With the soprano Renate Holm and tenor Werner Krennat hand, both stalwarts of the operetta scene in the city, authenticity was once again guaranteed.

Tracklistings:

CD 1

VIENNA, WOMEN AND SONG

Arias from:

1 JOHANN STRAUSS II: Der Zigeunerbaron

2 JOHANN STRAUSS II: Eine Nacht in Venedig

3 MILLÖCKER: Der Bettelstudent

4 JOHANN STRAUSS: II Eine Nacht in Venedig

5–6 SUPPÉ: Boccaccio

FRANZ LEHÁR

7 Die lustigeWitwe

8–10 Schön istdie Welt

11–13 Das Land des Lächelns

14–16 Paganini

17–18 Der Zarewitsch

19 Friederike

20 Der Graf von Luxembourg

CD 2

Arias from:

1 KÁLMÁN: Die Zirkusprinzessin

2 DOSTAL: Clivia

3 KÜNNEKE: Der Vetter ausDingsada

4 KATTNIG: Bel Ami

5 DOSTAL: Die ungarischeHochzeit

6 KATTNIG: MädelsvomRhein

7 CZERNIK: Chi sa?

Renate Holm, soprano

Werner Krenn, tenor

Orchesterder Wiener Volksoper

Anton Paulik

EMMERICH KÁLMÁN

8–23 GräfinMariza*

Highlights

Marika Németh(GräfinMariza)

Monika Dahlberg (Lisa)

Sonja Draksler(Manja)

Peter Minich(Graf TassiloEndrödy-Wittemburg)

Herbert Prikopa(Baron KolománZsupán)

Wiener Volksopernchor

Wiener Grosstadtkinderchor

ÉlémerHorváthGypsy Band

Orchesterder Wiener Volksoper

Anton Paulik

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

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Release Date 10 May 2019
Brand N/A
Artist Anton Paulik
Title Vienna, Women and Song
Format CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE)
Packaging -
ISBN N/A
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