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CORNELIUS, P.: Barber of Bagdad (The) (Schwarzkopf, Gedda, Leinsdorf) (1956) / WEBER, C.M.: Abu Hassan (Schwarzkopf, Witte, Ludwig) (1944)

Composer(s):Cornelius, PeterLiszt, FranzWeber, Carl Maria von
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category OperaOrchestral
Catalogue 8.111337-38
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps

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



Review By David Denton,Naxos,September 2008

Once popular in German opera houses, Cornelius’s sparkling comedy, Der Barbier von Bagdad, is now rarely staged, this 1956 recording being its premiere appearance on disc.



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