- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 12.7 x 15.24 x 3.18 cm; 340.76 g
- メーカー : EMI Classics
- EAN : 0724356736726
- レーベル : EMI Classics
- ASIN : B00004VVZF
- ディスク枚数 : 2
A joy to listen to2009年10月6日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
"The Merry Widow" has been recorded many times and there is a fight between critics and music lovers as to which is better - Schwartzkopf on the EMI label or Studer on the DG label (I think that's the label). I have both and my decision for the one to listen to repeatedly is this one being reviewed here. Elizabeth Schwartzkopf is a delight as Hanna and has that character nailed down. Every inflection, even in the spoken dialogue is perfect and her singing is beautifully done. Her supporting cast, (...sorry for the pause, I had to get my reading glasses!) who include Eberhard Wachter, Nicolai Gedda, and Hanny Steefk, among others, does not have a weak link in it and everyone gets into the fun, fizzy, lighthearted spirit of the piece, even the orchestra, expertly led by Lovro von Mtacic (I have never heard such a joyous, Act one "Merry Widow Waltz". People may have a problem with using disc one as only for the 28 minute first act but it works better than break-up the flow of Act 2, potentially making it "run out of steam" during the break to change CDs. So, no problem with that for me. The sound is excellent and balanced just right. There is a large booklet containing the libretto (in all its usual languages) and ample documentation. This is a recording you'll really enjoy and feel glad for purchasing.
A terrible abridgement2004年6月7日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
Franz Lehar must be rolling over in his grave over this one! Go ahead and tear your hair out, they have abridged this masterpiece. Had I known that, I would never have laid down cash for this atrocity. The Decca version of "Die Lustige Witwe" remains the standard by which others will be judged. Not only is this disc abridged, the musical quality is not particularly good. There seems to be a problem in the mixing, where some portions seems overly loud, and other sections seems tinny and distant. Abridging a work like this is sort of like culling bits out of "Hamlet." It just isn't done, but some lunatic attempted this hatchet job. Do yourself a favor and avoid this. Stick with the Decca version.
Excellent quality, but lots of talking!2007年6月10日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
I actually bought this for my mom, who has the original recording on an LP. She said that this recording seems to have more talking than the original, and thus the magic and tempo of the original is compromised. It could be that she never heard the entire operetta since she is strictly an opera buff, but that said, she understands musicality and she didn't feel this particular CD captured the original integrity (even if this is one is actually more complete!).
I wish I'd read the Amazon reviews more carefully2008年5月31日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
I wish I'd read the Amazon reviews more carefully before buying this, particularly "A terrible abridgement". This recording may have sonic and vocal performance virtues, but the third act in particular has been hacked to incomprehensibility. Lehár is pretty fluffy stuff to begin with, but it's not as utterly scatterbrained as one would be led to conclude from this recording.