J Strauss II - The Gypsy Baron | Naxos - Historical 811132930

J Strauss II - The Gypsy Baron

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Label: Naxos - Historical

Cat No: 811132930

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 2nd March 2009

Contents

Artists

Nicolai Gedda
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Erich Kunz
Erika Koth
Gertrude Burgsthaler-Schuster
Monica Sinclair
Hermann Prey
Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra

Conductor

Otto Ackermann

Works

Strauss II, Johann

Die Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron)

Artists

Nicolai Gedda
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Erich Kunz
Erika Koth
Gertrude Burgsthaler-Schuster
Monica Sinclair
Hermann Prey
Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra

Conductor

Otto Ackermann

About

Second in popularity only to Die Fledermaus, Strauss’s The Gypsy Baron is a colourful comic opera whose vividly drawn characters include a gypsy girl who turns out to be a Turkish Pasha’s daughter, a fortune-telling Romany queen, an exiled landowner, ridiculous local dignitaries, hussars and, inevitably, a band of gypsies.

Embroiling themselves in the entertainingly convoluted plot, the stellar cast of this 1954 London recording includes Gedda, Prey and Sinclair, still in their twenties, and Schwarzkopf, yet to turn forty and at her peak.

Schwarzkopf at her most radiant and sparkling, Gedda producing the most beguiling tone, and strong support from Erich Kunz and others.” - Gramophone

Cast:
- Barinkay: Nicolai Gedda
- Saffi: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
- Zsupán: Erich Kunz
- Arsena: Erika Köth
- Czipra: Gertrude Burgsthaler-Schuster
- Mirabella: Monica Sinclair
- Count Homonay: Hermann Prey

Recorded 18th-21st, 26th, 28th and 31st May, and 25th September, 1954 in Kingsway Hall, London

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