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Subject: Re: Das Land des Lachelns (Di Stefano)
From: Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Tue, 9 Jan 2018 07:37:36 +0800
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I still harken back to the Electrola set (it’s on CD, but the LPs still sound so good, I’ve never bothered replacing them) with Gedda and Rothenberger (I’ve always found her a total charmer and I love him in operetta) conducted by Willy Mattes.

Max Paley

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> On Jan 9, 2018, at 6:31 AM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Paolo
> 
> There ain't nothin' like it.I just played one on Youtube from Vienna
> 1963, and they went nuts! If you can make it there, you'll make
> it anywhere. It isn't pefect but it doesn't matter. Goosebumps!
> 
> He was somethin' else!
> 
> Bob
> 
>> On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 17:07 Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> Agree on the high quality of both Land des L. recordings Myriam
>> mentions.  BUT, when I'm under stress & need a visit from Heaven's
>> calming effect, I play the highlights with Pippo.  No, he's not
>> "Germanic" & stresses on the last note of "Dein ist mein ganzes hertz",
>> but what glorious mezza voce & pianissimi he used in the beginning of
>> the recording - unsurpassed/unequaled.
>> 
>> Overall, I am a fan of Merry Widow & wish that Pippo's live performance
>> with Kabaivanska were available in "listenable" sound.
>> 
>> DonPaolo
>> 
>> 
>>> On 1/8/2018 4:00 PM, Myriam Hernandez wrote:
>>> Even more beautiful, at least to me, is the French rendition of Le Pays
>> du
>>> Sourire by Alain Vanzo and Christiane Stutzman. There is an audio copy on
>>> YouTube. Vanzo was a master of French diction and elegance. Another
>>> fabulous performance of this operetta is the one by Siegfried Jerusalem
>> and
>>> the splendid Helen Donath, recorded in the early eighties. Agree that
>> this
>>> is Lehar' s best score.
>>> 
>>> Myriam
>>> 
>>> On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 1:34 PM, Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Das Land des Lachelns is my favorite Lehar score.  It is a superb score
>> and
>>>> it works beautifully in French.  There is an old recording from the 60's
>>>> with Michel Dens and its titled Le Pays du Sourires.  It is utterly
>>>> charming in French and Dens does beautifully in the part originally
>>>> conceived for Richard Tauber.  The soprano lead is Bernadette Antoine.
>> It
>>>> is a product of its time and makes fun of no one.  I expect that the
>>>> politically correct police would have a field day with it, especially
>> if a
>>>> non Asian was cast.  I would love to see it produced by a major opera
>>>> company.
>>>> 
>>>> Donald
>>>> 
>>>> On Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 8:45 AM, Sweeney Todd <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>             This has me wondering how Das Land des Lachelns is
>>>>> faring in German-speaking countries (since it's so rarely done anywhere
>>>>> else to start with). It's
>>>>>>>>             a wonderful score, but how is it handled onstage? Has
>>>>> anyone seen a production recently?
>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> To be live streamed on Arte.tv today at 5:45 pm Eastern time.
>>>>> 
>>>>> http://operawire.com/the-land-of-smiles-to-stream-on-arte/
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