Rita Streich: Waltzes and Arias

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Rita Streich: Waltzes and Arias

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31st May 2011




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Rita Streich: Waltzes and Arias

by the Strauss family and others


La Villanelle


The Nightingale



Il Bacio


Chi sa nel mio giardino d'amore


Les filles de Cadix


Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)


Letzte Rose

Godard, B:

Berceuse from Jocelyn


La Folletta


Ombra leggiera (from Dinorah)


Le Rossignol (de Banville)

Strauss, J, II:

Frühlingsstimmen Walzer Op. 410

Draußen im Sievering blüht schon der flieder (from Die Tänzerin Fanny Elssler)

Strauss, Josef:

Dorfschwalben aus Österreich - waltz, Op. 164


Hab' ich nur deine Liebe (from Boccaccio)


Lo spazzacamino



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Russian-born soprano Rita Streich, also known as the ‘Viennese Nightingale’, was a much-admired singer of the post World War Two era, who made many popular recordings.

Her bright pearly voice was a light coloratura, and her repertoire included much lieder, as well as operas by Mozart, and also classical Viennese operetta.

Rita Streich’s naturally vivacious and charming personality comes across in this delightful collection of various light musical ‘bon-bons’ which is drawn from her immensely popular recordings of the 1950’s. She was adept in several languages and so very well equipped to sing this eclectic mixture of vocal waltzes, songs and arias from operas, opéras comique and operettas, which show off her range of vocal abilities, from her effortless coloratura to her sweet, melting way with a melody.

The collection includes some old favourites, less familiar pieces and some rarities. There are pretty vocal waltzes such as Johann Strauss’ Voices of Spring, the Shadow Song from Meyerbeer’s Dinorah and Luigi Arditi’s Parla Waltz, lilting melodies such as Delibes’ Les filles de Cadix, Saint-Saëns’ beautiful Le rossignol et la rose and Verdi’s delightful Lo spazzocamino, arias from Suppé’s operetta Boccaccio (or The Prince of Palermo) and Dvorˇák’s gorgeous Song of the Moon from Rusalka. There are also rarer pieces by less well-known composers, such as a Dell’Acqua’s song Villanelle, Czernik’s tarantella Chi sa?, and an aria from Benjamin Godard’s opera Jocelyn.

Strauss Jr. (J): Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410 - Die Lerche In Blaue Höh' Entschwebt

Saint-Saëns: Le Rossignol Et La Rose

Verdi: Lo Spazzocamino

Godard: Jocelyn - Berceuse

Arditi: Parla Waltz - Qui Nel Dubbio Non Farmi Penare

Suppé: Boccaccio - Hab' Ich Nur Deine Liebe

Dvorák: Rusalka, Op. 114 - Act 1: Mesicku Na Nebi Hlubokém

Meyerbeer: Dinorah - Act 2: Ombra Leggera

Strauss (J): Dorfschwalben Aus Österreich, Op. 164

Alabiev: The Nightingale

Delibes: Les Filles De Cadix

Czernik: Chi Sa?

Marchesi: La Folletta

Flotow: Martha - Act 2: Last Rose Of Summer

Dell'Acqua: Villanelle

Strauss Jr. (J): Die Tänzerin Fanny Elssler - Draussen In Sievering

Arditi: Il Bacio

Gramophone Magazine

“…she delights the ear from start to finish. Highly recommended, this true Original.”

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