Cornelius - Barber of Baghdad / Weber - Abu Hassan | Naxos - Historical 811133738

Cornelius - Barber of Baghdad / Weber - Abu Hassan

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Label: Naxos - Historical

Cat No: 811133738

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 1st September 2008

Contents

Artists

Oskar Czerwenka
Gerhard Unger
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Grace Hoffman
Nicolai Gedda
Hermann Prey
Erich Witte
Michael Bohnen
Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra
Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus and Orchestra

Conductors

Erich Leinsdorf
Leopold Ludwig

Works

Cornelius, Peter

Der Barbier von Bagdad

Weber, Carl Maria von

Abu Hassan, J106

Artists

Oskar Czerwenka
Gerhard Unger
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Grace Hoffman
Nicolai Gedda
Hermann Prey
Erich Witte
Michael Bohnen
Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra
Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus and Orchestra

Conductors

Erich Leinsdorf
Leopold Ludwig

About

When this recording of Peter Cornelius’s sparkling German comedy Der Barbier von Bagdad was released in 1957, The Gramophone reviewer remarked that “there is no mistaking the enjoyment which the cast find in the work – an enjoyment seemingly shared by the orchestra and the chorus… Outstanding in this company is Oskar Czerwenka, who very obviously relished the verbal humour in his part and gives a splendid comic performance… Nicolai Gedda is on his best form, and Schwarzkopf brings distinction to [her] part”.

The 1944 recording of Weber’s delightful one-act Singspiel Abu Hassan, based on The Arabian Nights, features Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Erich Witte as “a very melodious pair of lovers, Michael Bohnen revels in his buffo part and Leopold Ludwig keeps the little opera moving briskly” (The Gramophone, July 1961)

Contents:
Cornelius: The Barber of Baghdad (Der Barbier von Bagdad)
Oskar Czerwenka, Gerhard Unger, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Grace Hoffman, Nicolai Gedda, Hermann Prey
Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra / Erich Leinsdorf
Recorded 11th-12th and 14th-15th May, 1956 in the Town Hall, Watford and in EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London

Weber: Abu Hassan
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Erich Witte, Michael Bohnen
Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Leopold Ludwig
Recorded in Berlin in 1944

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