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STRAUSS II, J.: Zigeunerbaron (Der) (The Gypsy Baron) (Schwarzkopf, Gedda, Ackermann) (1954)

Composer(s):Strauss II, Johann
Artist(s)
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category OperaOrchestral
Catalogue 8.111329-30
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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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.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,March 2009

Though Der Zigeunerbaron has never achieved anything like the success that Johann Strauss enjoyed with Die Fledermaus, it has enjoyed a number of outstanding recordings, this from 1954 undoubtedly the finest. It starred Elisabeth Schwarzkopf who was surrounded by a very young team that included Nicolai Gedda, Erika Koth and Hermann Prey, all in the safe hands of the much experienced conductor, Otto Ackermann. The operetta’s lack of success outside of German speaking countries, is largely due to its highly complicated and unbelievable plot. That is explained in long stretches of spoken dialogue that only prove a punctuating burden on highly attractive music. Dress it up with this superb cast that, in addition to the lead singers, has Erich Kunz,

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