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Lehár : Paganini, opérette. Eger, Kaiser, Liebau, Todorovich, Schirmer.
Format : 2 CD
Total Time : 01:56:34

Recording : 11/10/2009
Location : Munich
Country : Allemagne
Sound : Stereo

Label : CPO
Catalog No. : CPO777699
EAN : 0761203769926

Release Date : 22/04/2015
Release Date : 22/04/2015

Genre : Classical
Franz Lehár (1870-1948)
Paganini, opérette en 3 actes

Ralf Eger
Kristiane Kaiser
Eva Liebau
Zoran Todorovich
Martin Zysset
Chœur de la radio bavaroise
Orchestre de la radio de Munich
Ulf Schirmer, direction

CPO poursuit son exploration de l’opérette viennoise. Comme dans les livraisons précédentes, l’œuvre est complète des dialogues, mais l’éditeur ne propose pas le livret : les non germanistes devront se contenter d’un résumé en anglais. L’accomplissement musical demeure. Le chef Ulf Schirmer, pilier des opéras de Vienne depuis des décennies insuffle à son orchestre bavarois une sehnsucht, un chic authentiquement viennois. Cette direction transparente, légère, ce dosage idéal du rubato, nous enivrent, et les chanteurs ne sont pas en reste. Evidemment Tauber reste inapprochable dans un rôle écrit sur mesure pour lui, mais Zoran Todorovich a le métal, et le soupçon de morbidezza pour composer un Paganini viril et charmeur. Il trouve en Christiane Kaiser une partenaire à sa mesure, soprano fruité et souple (ses phrasés aériens dans le Walzerlied de l’acte II). Des timbres idéalement appariés qui font de leurs trois duos les moments les plus délicieux de cet album. Un sujet qui inspira spontanément Lehar, un succès jamais démenti à la scène, une discographie bien fournie qui s’enrichit aujourd’hui de ce live. Le public est ravi. Vous risquez fort de l’être aussi. (Olivier Gutierrez)

Following his first reading of the libretto, Franz Lehár himself wrote of the igniting sparks inspiring him to write his Paganini operetta : ""Already the first scene with the fascinating violin playing from afar got me thinking. I continued to read – and music streamed toward me from every character, from every situation. The ideas flowed to me in such fullness, quite literally overpowered me, and forced me to take up the pen, so that within a few hours I had the entire sketch of the first act lying finished before me. That I call a good libretto!"". Since this inspirational thriller took place during the night prior to his fifty-third birthday on 30 April 1923, the composer viewed his work as ""a birthday present from our dear God"". And divine providence had a second present ready for Lehár: an encounter with Richard Tauber. The singer performed at the Salzburg Festival in 1924. Lehár invited him to his Ischl villa and presented his Paganini score-in-progress to him. The singer was enthused and remained in Ischl. Lehár had found the interpreter corresponding to the ideal always nurtured in his imagination and Tauber the composer capable of rendering audible his special qualities. The first great ""Tauber song"" was ""Gern hab ich die Frau’n geküsst"", and right during the first performance the audience demanded that it be repeated five times.

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