Lehar - The Merry Widow (sung in English) | Sepia SEPIA1356

Lehar - The Merry Widow (sung in English)

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Label: Sepia

Cat No: SEPIA1356

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 7th August 2020

Contents

Artists

Lisa Della Casa
John Reardon
Laurel Hurley
Charles KL Davis
Paul Franke
Howard Kahl
Paul Richards
The American Opera Society Orchestra & Chorus

Conductor

Franz Allers

Works

Gounod, Charles

Ave Maria (after JS Bach)

Lehar, Franz

Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow)

Schubert, Franz

Ave Maria, D839 (Ellens Gesang III, op.52 no.6)

Artists

Lisa Della Casa
John Reardon
Laurel Hurley
Charles KL Davis
Paul Franke
Howard Kahl
Paul Richards
The American Opera Society Orchestra & Chorus

Conductor

Franz Allers

About

Franz Lehár’s gorgeous score is the main reason why The Merry Widow retains its timeless appeal, and it’s an especial treat in this remastered recording from 1962, translated into English and first time on CD.

It is blessed by the conducting of Franz Allers, whose energetic approach in this Merry Widow is familiar from his performance on the original Broadway cast album of My Fair Lady. Another reason why this album is such a treat is that it features opera singer Lisa Della Casa in the title role. Della Casa rose to fame thanks to her outstanding performances of the main soprano roles by Mozart and especially Richard Strauss; she is regarded as the greatest interpreter of all time of the title role of Strauss’s Arabella.

Also included are two bonus tracks of Bach and Schubert’s settings of the Ave Maria, recorded earlier in her career.

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