Hilde Gueden sings Operetta | Australian Eloquence ELQ4820656

Hilde Gueden sings Operetta


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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4820656

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 4th December 2015



Hilde Gueden (soprano)
Waldemar Kmentt
Suisse Romande Orchestra


Hans May
Robert Stolz
Josef Krips
Horst Stein


Hilde Gueden (soprano)
Waldemar Kmentt
Suisse Romande Orchestra


Hans May
Robert Stolz
Josef Krips
Horst Stein


Several countries have their light operas: the British their Gilbert and Sullivan, the Spanish their zarzuelas, the French their operettes. All of these display quite tight-knit styles, but the operetta tradition of Austria, and specifically Vienna, is more diffuse, reflecting the differing styles of folk music found in the old Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The waltz, that most insidious of dances, is never far away. It is a kind of music that demands a special way of singing – yielding, lilting phrasing, often rather laidback rhythms, unless the singer is suddenly breaking into the fast section of a Hungarian czárdás. Artists from other countries can make a good stab at it, but the real thing is unmistakable when we encounter it. Hilde Gueden was the real thing.

Her first operetta studio session was held at Kingsway Hall in London in April 1949, with a pick-up ensemble conducted by Hans May. As well as two Franz Lehár favourites, among these six tracks (CD1 5–10) are rarities by Nico Dostal and Franz Grothe. Two Giuditta excerpts come from the 1957 complete set in which Gueden starred with her longtime colleague Waldemar Kmentt; and their duet from Der Graf von Luxemburg is from the 1965 disc of excerpts. The celebrated Vilja-Lied, from the 1958 recording of The Merry Widow has seldom, if ever, been better done.

Included (on CD2) is her recording with Robert Stolz of twelve ‘operetta evergreens’ – the delightful cover of the original LP reproduced together with another five in the booklet. Josef Krips – who enjoyed conducting music of the Strauss family – accompanies her in two of the composers waltzes and a real rarity is her very last recording. Made with Horst Stein and the Suisse Romande it yielded just two arias: Marietta’s Lied from Korngold’s 1920 opera Die Tote Stadt and ‘Depuis le jour’ from Charpentier’s Louise.

Several of the recordings on the set are released internationally on Decca CD for the first time, and this collection, recorded over a twenty-year period (1949–1969) offers a great glimpse of one of Vienna’s greatest opera stars in lighter (but not necessarily less demanding) fare.

Track Listing:
CD 1

• Medley: Wiener Blut (J Strauss II) – Die Fledermaus (J Strauss II) – Sissy (Kreisler)
• Medley: Gräfin Mariza (Kálmán) – Der Tapfere Soldat (Strauss) – Madame Pompadour (Fall) – Die Dollarprinzess (Fall) – Zigeunerliebe (Lehár)
• Medley: Hoheit tanzt Walzer (Ascher) – Die Schätzmeister (Ziehrer) – Der Zarewitsch (Lehár) – Schön ist die Welt (Lehár)
• Medley: Rund um die Liebe (Straus) – Die lustige Witwe (Lehár) - Ein Walzertraum (Straus) – Wiener Blut (J Strauss II) – Die Tänzerin Fanny Elssler (J Strauss II) – Wiener Blut (J Strauss II)
• Stolz - Der Favorit: Du Sollst Der Kaiser Meiner Seele Sein
• Dostal - Clivia: Ich bin verliebt
• Dostal - Die Flucht ins Glück: Wiegenlied
• Grothe - Die Schwedische Nachtigall: Postillion Lied
• Lehár - Paganini: Liebe, du Himmel auf Erden
• Lehár - Der Zarewitsch: Einer wird kommen
• Lehár - Giuditta: Schön Wie Die Blaue Sommernacht
• Lehár - Giuditta: Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss
• Lehár - Der Graf Von Luxemburg: Sind Sie Von Sinnen
• Lehár - Die Lustige Witwe: Vilja-Lied

CD 2
• Kálmán - Grafin Mariza: Entry Of Gräfin Mariza
• Kálmán - Grafin Mariza: Sag’ ja, mein Lieb, sag’ ja
• Stolz - Im weissen Rössl: Mein Liebeslied mu? ein Walzer sein
• Lehár - Der Zarewitsch: Kosende Wellen
• Fall - Madame Pompadour: Heut’ könnt einer sein Glück bei mir Machen
• J Strauss II - Casanova: Nuns’ Chorus
• Lehár - Zigeunerliebe: Hör’ ich Zymbalklänge
• Stolz - Der Favorit: Du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele sein
• J Strauss II - Die Fledermaus: Mein Herr Marquis
• Charpentier - Louise: Depuis le jour
• Zeller - Der Obersteiger: Sei nicht bös
• Straus - Der Tapfere Soldat: Held meiner Träume
• J Strauss II - Wiener Blut: Ich war ein echtes Wiener Blut … Wiener Blut
• J Strauss II - Frühlingsstimmen
• Josef Strauss - Dorfschwalben aus Österreich
• Korngold - Die Tote Stadt: Glück, Das Mir Verblieb

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