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Herbert: Cello Concertos; Operetta Spectacular

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Herbert: Cello Concertos; Operetta Spectacular
Herbert: Cello Concertos; Operetta Spectacular


Favourite arias and romantic concertos by a pioneer of American operetta. Born in Dublin, Victor Herbert began his career as a cellist in Germany, playing for Eduard Strauss, for Brahms and Liszt, and emigrated to the US as principal cellist of the Metropolitan Opera. It was in that capacity that he composed the second of two concertos, written for himself to play, which give him a tenuous foothold on the classical repertoire. They were first recorded as a pair by Lynn Harrell on this Decca album in 1986. Herbert was a virtuoso cellist, says Harrell, and it shows in the music; he wrote so beautifully for the cello. The fillers were character pieces as they are charming, originally for cello and piano, newly transcribed for the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Established in New York, Herbert developed his orchestral and vocal writing and became an early recording artist. He even founded and directed the principal American organisation protecting musical copyright, which led to a notorious occasion when, having been presented with a restaurant bill, Herbert gave them a bill back for the unauthorised use of his music all evening. The restaurant refused to pay; he sued, and won. By then Herbert was a composer for Broadway, with hits such as Babes in Toyland (1894) and The Red Mill (1906) to his name. Naughty Marietta (1910) and Sweethearts (1913) followed in time. All these and more are featured on a 1975 Decca Phase 4 album recorded by Salvatore Tutti Camarata and his orchestra. For an encore, Kiri Te Kanawa sings the big number from Herberts 1911 show The Enchantress.


  1. Name
  2. VICTOR HERBERT: Cello Concerto No. 1 In D Major, Op. 8
  3. Cello Concerto No. 2 In E Minor, Op. 30
  4. Yesterthoughts
  5. Pensée Amoureuse
  6. Punchinello
  7. Ghazel
  8. The Mountain Brook
  9. Naughty Marietta: Italienisches Strassenlied (The Italian Street Song)
  10. The Red Mill: The Streets Of New York
  11. Orange Blossoms: A Kiss In The Dark / Mlle Modiste: Kiss Me Again
  12. The Red Mill: Every Day Is Ladies Day
  13. Naughty Marietta: Tramp, Tramp, Tramp / Mlle Modiste: I Want What I Want When I Want It
  14. Naughty Marietta: Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life
  15. Babes In Toyland: Overture
  16. Sweethearts: Sweethearts / The Only Girl: When Youre Away
  17. The Red Mill: Moonbeams
  18. Babes In Toyland: March Of The Toys
  19. Babes In Toyland: Finale
  20. The Enchantress: Art Is Calling For Me
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