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Hilde Gueden: The Early Years

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4820262

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 29th April 2016

Contents

Works

Kalman, Emmerich

Die Csardasfurstin (medley)
Grafin Mariza (medley)

Lehar, Franz

Das Land des Lachelns (The Land of Smiles)
» Ich mocht wieder einmal die Heimat sehn
» Wer hat die Liebe uns ins Herz gesenkt (Act 2)
Giuditta
» Meine Lippen, sie kussen so heiss (Act 4)
» Schon wie die blaue Sommernacht
Paganini (medley)

Millocker, Carl

Die Dubarry
» Ich schenk mein Herz nur dem allein

Puccini, Giacomo

Gianni Schicchi
» O mio babbino caro
La Boheme
» Donde lieta usci
» Quando me'n vo (Musette's Waltz) (Act 2)
» Si. Mi chiamano Mimi (Act 1)
Turandot
» Signore, ascolta (Act 1)
» Tu che di gel sei cinta

Strauss, Richard

Arabella, op.79
» Er ist der Richtige nicht fur mich ...Aber der Richtige, wenn's einen gibt fur mich

Verdi, Giuseppe

Falstaff
» Sul fil d'un soffio etesio
La Traviata
» E strano, e strano ...Ah, fors'e lui
Rigoletto
» Caro nome che il mio cor
» Tutte le feste al tempio ...Ah, solo per me (Act 2)

Artists

Hilde Gueden (soprano)
Lisa Della Casa (soprano)

Works

Kalman, Emmerich

Die Csardasfurstin (medley)
Grafin Mariza (medley)

Lehar, Franz

Das Land des Lachelns (The Land of Smiles)
» Ich mocht wieder einmal die Heimat sehn
» Wer hat die Liebe uns ins Herz gesenkt (Act 2)
Giuditta
» Meine Lippen, sie kussen so heiss (Act 4)
» Schon wie die blaue Sommernacht
Paganini (medley)

Millocker, Carl

Die Dubarry
» Ich schenk mein Herz nur dem allein

Puccini, Giacomo

Gianni Schicchi
» O mio babbino caro
La Boheme
» Donde lieta usci
» Quando me'n vo (Musette's Waltz) (Act 2)
» Si. Mi chiamano Mimi (Act 1)
Turandot
» Signore, ascolta (Act 1)
» Tu che di gel sei cinta

Strauss, Richard

Arabella, op.79
» Er ist der Richtige nicht fur mich ...Aber der Richtige, wenn's einen gibt fur mich

Verdi, Giuseppe

Falstaff
» Sul fil d'un soffio etesio
La Traviata
» E strano, e strano ...Ah, fors'e lui
Rigoletto
» Caro nome che il mio cor
» Tutte le feste al tempio ...Ah, solo per me (Act 2)

Artists

Hilde Gueden (soprano)
Lisa Della Casa (soprano)

About

The artistry of Hilde Gueden has been the subject of its own mini-series on Eloquence and this latest release captures her voice in the first recordings for Decca. Many of the tracks receive their first international release on Decca CD.

Gifted with great beauty and a natural stage presence, Hilde Gueden was unfailingly easy on the ear as well as the eye. With her creamy tone and ability to spin the silvery upper-register sonority needed for her Strauss roles, she was a natural successor to Elisabeth Schumann, Lotte Schöne and Adele Kern. Fortunately for posterity, she recorded prolifically, starting in 1942 with Musetta in German for Berlin Radio.

In the LP era she worked mainly for Decca, taking part in many opera and operetta sets. Hilde Gueden belonged to a generation of artists who lost some of their best years to World War II. When her career got properly under way in 1946, she was almost 30. Thus, although this recital is rightly headed ‘The Early Years’, because it consists entirely of recordings from her first sequence of sessions for Decca, there is nothing unformed or inchoate about the artistry it enshrines. When Gueden’s chance finally came, she was fully prepared; and although, like all the best singers, she never stopped learning, she was already a polished vocalist and a first-rate interpreter.

Recorded in London in 1947 and 1949, and in Vienna between 1951 and 1954, this disc showcases the artistry of Gueden in both operetta and opera, from Lehár and Kálmán to Puccini, Verdi and Richard Strauss. In the latter she is joined by Lisa Della Casa and in a sample of her poised, controlled singing – the Act I duet between the sisters in Arabella – Gueden makes the ideal foil to Della Casa. There was apparently no love lost between the two prima donnas in real life, but on stage they often collaborated effectively, and their duet here is nothing short of wondrous.

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