Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe - Act 2: Ah, Die Baronin Und Der Herr Rosillon
Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe - Act 2: Ha! Ha!; Wir Fragen, Was Man Von Uns Will!
Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe - Act 3: Intermezzo; Also, Also Also
Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe - Act 3: Dance-Scene
Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe - Act 3: Graf Dailowitsch; Ja Wir Sind Es, Die Grisetten
Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe - Act 3: Exzellenz, Exzellenz, Graf, Eine Expressdepesche
Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe - Act 3: Aber Dort Bin Ich Zu Hause
Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe - Act 3: Exzellenz, Exzellenz!
Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe - Act 3: Ja, Das Studium Der Weiber Ist Schwer
“This is a truly great operetta interpretation. Gardiner's approach is on an altogether more inspired plane than his rivals. In the Viennese rhythms, he shows himself utterly at home – as in the Act 2 Dance scene, where he eases the orchestra irresistibly into the famous waltz. But there are also countless instances where Gardiner provides a deliciously fresh inflexion to the score. The cast of singers is uniformly impressive. If Cheryl Studer's 'Vilja' isn't quite as assured as some others, her captivatingly playful 'Dummer, dummer Reitersmann' is typical of a well-characterised performance. As Danilo, Boje Skovhus acquits himself well with a polished performance and he offers a natural, more human characterisation than his rivals, while Barbara Bonney is superb. Not the least inspired piece of casting comes with Bryn Terfel, who transforms himself outstandingly well into the bluff Pontevedran ambassador. As for Gardiner's personally selected chorus, they make Monteverdi to Montenegro and Pontevedra seem the most natural transition in the world. DG's recorded sound has an astonishing clarity and immediacy, as in the way the piccolos shriek out at the Widow's Act 1 entrance or in the beautiful pianissimo accompaniment to the 'Vilja-Lied'.”
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