Kalman: Die Csárdásfürstin

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Kalman: Die Csárdásfürstin


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2005



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3rd Feb 2005




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Kalman: Die Csárdásfürstin

Yvonne Kenny, Michael Roider, Mojca Erdmann, Karl Michael Ebner, Marko Kathol, Heinz Holecek, Karl Michael Ebner, Hellmuth Klumpp, Yvonne Kálmán

Slovak Philharmonic Choir and Radio Symphony Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

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Emmerich Kalman: Die Csardasfurstin (The Gypsy Princess)


Act I: Lied: Heia, heia, in den Bergen ist mein Heimatland (Sylva, Boni, Feri and Chorus)

Act I: Marsch: Alle sind wir Sunder (Boni, Feri, 8 men)

Act I: Duett: Sylva, ich will nur dich (Sylva, Edwin)

Act I: Lied: Aus ist's mit der Liebe (Boni, 8 women)

Act I: Lied: O, jag' dem Gluck nicht nach (Sylva, Edwin, Boni, Feri)

Act I: Finale I: Ich, Edwin Ronald

Act II: Entr'akt

Act II: Tanzwalzer: Erstrahlen die Lichter (Chorus)

Act II: Schwalbenduett: Ich warte auf das grosse Wunder (Stasi, Edwin)

Act II: Duett: Heller Jubel (Sylva, Edwin)

Act II: Quartett: Liebchen, mich reisst es (Sylva, Stasi, Edwin, Boni)

Act II: Duett: Madel, guck (Stasi, Boni)

Act II: Duett: Tanzen mochte ich (Sylva, Edwin)

Act II: Finale II: Das Gluck wohnt uberall

Act III: Intermezzo

Act III: Terzett: Nimm, Zigeuner, deine Geige (Sylva, Boni, Feri)

Act III: Duett-Reminiszenz: Madel, guck (Stasi, Boni)

Act III: Schlussgesang: Tausend kleine Engel (Sylva, Stasi, Edwin, Boni)

Emmerich Kalman: Der Zigeunerprimas, "Sari"

Der Ziguenerprimas: Dorfkinder

Der Zigeunerprimas: Vive le roi

Emmerich Kalman: Die Faschingsfee

Die Faschingsfee: Hollaho, hollaho, wir kommen zurecht

Emmerich Kalman: Das Hollandweibchen (A Little Dutch Girl)

Das Hollandweibchen: Lockend soll ertonen Dir ein feurig Lied

Emmerich Kalman: Der Teufelsreiter

Der Teufelsreiter: Grand Palotas de la Reine

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“The English title of Kálmán's most celebrated operetta is a misnomer. The heroine is a princess not of gypsies but (as the German title, DieCsárdásfürstin, indicates) of the csárdás; she's a Budapest cabaret-singer in love with a young aristocrat. Its score shows Kálmán at his most fluent, with a succession of gloriously tuneful hit numbers that mix spicy Hungarian rhythms with the more graceful strains of the Viennese waltz.
Individual numbers have often been committed to disc, but complete recordings have been much less frequent. Yet to appreciate the overall structure of Kálmán's operetta scores you really need to hear his elaborately constructed act finales, in which musical reprises are interspersed with passages of dialogue and melodrama.
Apart from sensibly reducing the opening orchestral flourishes from three to one, Bonynge typically gives us total fidelity to what Kálmán actually wrote. He brings out to the full Kálmán's highly charged rhythms, every detail of the exotic orchestration, and the contrasts of mood between the fiery big numbers and the moments of melancholy and sadness in the Acts 1 and 2 finales. Among a wholly admirable cast, Yvonne Kenny provides the vocal strength, fire and beauty required by the title role. A wonderful bargain.”

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