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Hilde Gueden Sings Operetta

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Hilde Gueden Sings Operetta
Hilde Gueden Sings Operetta


Several countries have their light operas: the British their Gilbert and Sullivan, the Spanish their zarzuelas, the French their operettes. All of these display quite tight-knit styles, but the operetta tradition of Austria, and specifically Vienna, is more diffuse, reflecting the differing styles of folk music found in the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. The world of operetta is a never-never-land of handsome hussar officers, princes and princesses, counts and countesses and romantic gypsies beloved of bourgeois Viennese who would probably hate to meet a real gypsy. The waltz, that most insidious of dances, is never far away. It is a kind of music that demands a special way of singing - yielding, lilting phrasing, often rather laidback rhythms, unless the singer is suddenly breaking into the fast section of a Hungarian czárdás. Artists from other countries can make a good stab at it, but the real thing is unmistakable when we encounter it. Hilde Gueden was the real thing. Her first operetta studio session - held at Kingsway Hall in London in April 1949, with a pick-up ensemble conducted by Hans May. As well as two Lehár favourites, among these six tracks (CD1 5-10) are rarities by Nico Dostal and Franz Grothe. Two Giuditta excerpts come from the 1957 complete set in which Gueden starred with her longtime colleague Waldemar Kmentt; and their duet from Der Graf von Luxemburg is from the 1965 disc of excerpts. The celebrated Vilja-Lied, from the 1958 recording of The Merry Widow has seldom, if ever, been better done. Included (on CD2) is her recording with Robert Stolz of twelve 'operetta evergreens' the delightful cover of the original LP reproduced together with another five in the booklet. Josef Krips - who enjoyed conducting music of the Strauss family - accompanies her in two of the composers waltzes and a real rarity is her very last recording. Made with Horst Stein and the Suisse Romande it yielded just two arias: Marietta's Lied from Korngold's 1920 opera Die Tote Stadt and 'Depuis le jour' from Charpentier's Louise. Several of the recordings on the set are released internationally on Decca CD for the first time and this collection, recorded over a twenty-year period (1949-1969) offers a great glimpse of one of Vienna's greatest opera stars in lighter (but not necessarily less demanding) fare.


  1. Name
  2. Medley: Wiener Blut (J. Strauss II) Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss II) Sissy (Kreisler)
  3. Medley: Gräfin Mariza (Kálmán) Der Tapfere Soldat (Strauss) Madame Pompadour (Fall) Die Dollarprinzess (Fall) Zigeunerliebe (Lehár)
  4. Medley: Hoheit tanzt Walzer (Ascher) Die Schätzmeister (Ziehrer) Der Zarewitsch (Lehár) Schön ist die Welt (Lehár)
  5. Medley: Rund um die Liebe (Straus) Die lustige Witwe (Lehár) - Ein Walzertraum (Straus) Wiener Blut (J. Strauss II) Die Tänzerin Fanny Elssler (J. Strauss II) Wiener Blut (J. Strauss II)
  6. STOLZ [bold] Der Favorit: Du Sollst Der Kaiser Meiner Seele Sein
  7. DOSTAL Clivia: Ich bin verliebt
  8. DOSTAL Die Flucht ins Glück: Wiegenlied
  9. GROTHE Die Schwedische Nachtigall: Postillion Lied
  10. LEHÁR Paganini: Liebe, du Himmel auf Erden
  11. LEHÁR Der Zarewitsch: Einer wird kommen
  12. LEHÁR Giuditta: Schön Wie Die Blaue Sommernacht
  13. LEHÁR Giuditta: Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss
  14. LEHÁR Der Graf Von Luxemburg: Sind Sie Von Sinnen
  15. LEHÁR Die Lustige Witwe: Vilja-Lied
  16. KÁLMÁN Grafin Mariza: Entry Of Gräfin Mariza
  17. KÁLMÁN Grafin Mariza: Sag ja, mein Lieb, sag ja
  18. STOLZ Im weissen Rössl: Mein Liebeslied mu? ein Walzer sein
  19. LEHÁR Der Zarewitsch: Kosende Wellen
  20. FALL Madame Pompadour: Heut könnt einer sein Glück bei mir Machen
  21. J. STRAUSS II Casanova: Nuns Chorus
  22. LEHÁR Zigeunerliebe: Hör ich Zymbalklänge
  23. STOLZ Der Favorit: Du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele sein
  24. J. STRAUSS II Die Fledermaus: Mein Herr Marquis 16 CHARPENTIER Louise: Depuis le jour
  25. ZELLER Der Obersteiger: Sei nicht bös
  26. STRAUS Der Tapfere Soldat: Held meiner Träume
  27. J. STRAUSS II Wiener Blut: Ich war ein echtes Wiener Blut Wiener Blut
  28. J. STRAUSS II Frühlingsstimmen
  29. JOSEF STRAUSS Dorfschwalben aus Österreich
  30. KORNGOLD Die Tote Stadt: Glück, Das Mir Verblieb
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