Bruckner Orchester Linz, Peter Guth – The Essence Of Viennese Music (2004) MCH SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Bruckner Orchester Linz, Peter Guth – The Essence Of Viennese Music (2004)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 72:37 minutes | Scans NOT included | 3,46 GB
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Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Chesky Records # SACD 255 | Genre: Classical

The full title of this disc is “The Essence of Viennese Music – opera, operetta and dance..”. Rather cumbersome, but a fair description of the contents. It is played by an orchestra from Linz, Austria’s third city, with a conductor (Peter Guth) who specialises in music of Johann Strauss II and a pair of excellent young soloists in soprano Edith Lienbacher and tenor Herbert Lippert. While its programme contains many of the expected Viennese lollipops, it goes beyond the merely predictable, and the producers have come up with a diverse and very entertaining concert.

It opens with the younger Strauss’ Polka schnell ‘Thunder and lightning’, given a lively and bracing performance, particularly from the percussion, who are spread along the back of the auditorium. A duet from Strauss’ Vienna Blood follows (Das eine kann ich nicht verzeih’n), performed by the fresh-voiced soloists with a fine sense of style and lilt, aided by their excellent diction and characterful woodwind support; their music duet seductively into what we know as the Waltz ‘Vienna Blood’. The balance is rather odd here, though; distractingly the voices sing at one another from either side of the wide stage instead of interacting while standing close together as one would normally expect.

The everlasting subject matters of the stage drama are, to name a few: differences of cultures, the struggle between good and evil, and of course love, jealousy and intrigue. The Viennese Operetta centers on these themes, primarily on the tension in relations between the aristocracy and commoners. Strauss playfully demonstrates this in his comedies of errors and royal festivities; Lehár on the other hand tends to stay close to the drama and tragedy between the wealthy and poor, at times even with a renunciation of love; as for Kálmán, his works are full of ebullient vitality in a delirium of oblivion, set during the time when the monarchy perished, on the threshold of a new era. – Peter Guth


01. Johann Strauss Jr.: Unter Donner und Blitz, Polka schnell op.324
02. Johann Strauss Jr.: Das eine kann ich nicht verzeih´n – Duett from Wiener Blut
03. Johann Strauss Sr.: Radetzky-Marsch, op.228
04. Johann Strauss Sr.: Sei mir gegrüßt du holdes Venetia – The Duke´s Aria from Eine Nacht in
05. W.A. Mozart: Deh vieni non tardar – Susanna´s Aria from Le nozze di Figaro
06. W.A. Mozart: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön – Tamino´s Aria from Die Zauberflöte
07. Franz Lehár: Vilja Lied from Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow)
08. Johann Strauss Sr.: Overture from Die Fledermaus
09. Franz Lehár: Lippen schweigen – Duet from Die lustige Witwe
10. Franz Schubert: Entr´acte Musik No. 2 from Rosamunde
11. Franz Schubert: Licht senkt es sich vom Himmel nieder from Das Dreimäderlhaus
12. Johann Strauss Sr.: Mein Herr Marquis, Adele´s Couplet from Die Fledermaus
13. Franz Lehár: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz from Das Land des Lächelns
14. Johann Strauss Sr.: An der schönen blauen Donau, Walzer op.314 (The Blue Danube Waltz)
15. Emmerich Kálmán: Tanzen möcht´ ich – Duet from Die Csárdásfürstin

Edith Lienbacher – Soprano
Herbert Lippert – Tenor
Bruckner Orchester Linz
Peter Guth – Conductor

Produced by David Chesky. Engineered by Miguel Kertsman.
Edited and Mastered by Miguel Kertsman and Harald Huber.

– This album was made with the purest audio path, using the very best microphones, mic preamps, analog-to-digital converters, recorders, and cables with careful attention to detail to produce the most transparent and natural sound available today.



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