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The Merry Widow

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Classical and Opera & Vocal album by Barbara Bonney, Bo Skovhus, Bryn Terfel, Cheryl Studer, Donna Deam, Franz Lehar, John Eliot Gardiner, Rainer Trost, The Monteverdi Choir, and Wiener Philharmoniker
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witty, wonderful "Widow"

  • Oct 20, 2006
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+4
THE MERRY WIDOW happily returns to it's Viennese origins with this lovely recording. Although most prefer the English-translated version of the score, I do love the original Franz Lehar "pure version".

The cast is very good, with Cheryl Studer a vocally-capable Hanna; and Boje Skovhus makes the one-dimensional Count Danilo spring to life with a cheeky perfomance. Barbara Bonney and Rainer Trost come across very well too (with the subplot of Valencienne and her erstwhile lover Camille). The musical direction of John Eliot Gardner and the Wiener Philharmonic is sensational.

This studio recording presents the score complete with copious amounts of dialogue, so it's almost like attending a stage performance. Included is a large booklet containing the libretto, singer biographies, and a history of the show and it's composer.

[Deutsche Grammophon 439 911-2]

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Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Genre: Opera & Vocal, Classical
Release Date: February 14, 1995
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