J. Strauss II: Der Zigeunerbaron (Live) NDR Radiophilharmonie, NDR Chor & Lawrence Foster

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Label: PentaTone

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Opera

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  • Johann Strauss II (1825-1899)
  • 1Overture08:05
  • Act I
  • 2Introduction: Das wär' kein rechter Schiffersknecht (Chorus, Ottokar, Czipra)02:10
  • 3Melodrama and ensemble: Zum Teufel! Schon wieder die alte Zigeunerhexe (Ottokar, Czipra, Chorus, Carnero)01:45
  • 4Entrance: Als flotter Geist (Barinkay) - Couplet: Ja, das alles auf Ehr (Barinkay, Chorus, Carnero)02:57
  • 5Melodrama and ensemble: Wer klopft an meine Tür! (Czipra, Carnero, Barinkay, Saffi, Chorus)07:50
  • 6Da bin ich! (Zsupán, Carnero) - Ja, das Schreiben und das Lesen (Zsupán, Chorus, Carnero, Barinkay, Mirabella)04:55
  • 7Couplet: Just sind es vierundzwanzig Jahre (Mirabella, Chorus)02:20
  • 8Ensemble: Dem Freier naht die Braut (Chorus, Arsena, Barinkay, Zsupán, Carnero, Mirabella, Girls, Ottokar)07:42
  • 9Dialogue: Na, Barinkay? (Zsupán, Barinkay, Ottokar, Arsena)00:48
  • 10Gypsy song: So elend und so treu (Saffi, Barinkay)05:04
  • 11Dialogue: Das Lied, ich kenne es aus meiner Kindheit (Barinkay, Czipra, Saffi)00:27
  • 12Finale: Arsena! Arsena! (Ottokar, Arsena, Barinkay, Saffi, Czipra, Chorus, Gypsies, Zsupán, Mirabella, Carnero, Zsupán's Men)19:56
  • Act II
  • 13Trio: Mein Aug bewacht bei Tag und Nacht (Czipra, Barinkay, Saffi)05:00
  • 14Trio: Ein Greis ist mir im Traum erschienen (Czipra, Barinkay, Saffi)07:55
  • 15Auf, auf, auf! (Pali, Gypsies, Gypsy Women) - Ha, das Eisen wird gefüge (Gypsies)03:27
  • 16Dialogue: Hoch, Saffi! Hoch, Barinkay! (Chorus, Carnero, Barinkay)00:25
  • 17Duet: Wer uns getraut? (Barinkay, Saffi, Chorus)04:10
  • 18Dialogue: Dompfaff, Nachtigall und Störche? (Carnero, Ottokar, Arsena, Chorus, Homonay, Barinkay)00:31
  • 19Her die Hand, es muss ja sein (Homonay, Chorus)02:45
  • 20Dialogue: Wer kein Feigling und kein Schurke ist (Homonay, Chorus, Zsupán, Ottokar, Arsena, Carnero, Saffi, Barinkay)01:52
  • 21Finale: Nach Wien! (All, Chorus)10:51
  • Act III
  • 22Entr'acte: Tempo di valse01:56
  • 23Dialogue: Der Krieg ist zu Ende! (A Herald, Chorus) - Chorus: Freuet Euch (Chorus)00:54
  • 24Dialogue: Arsena, mein Kind (Mirabella, Arsena, Carnero)00:16
  • 25Ein Mädchen hat es gar nicht gut (Arsena, Mirabella, Carnero)03:07
  • 26Dialogue: Arsena, Arsena, sie kommen! (Carnero, Arsena, Zsupán, Mirabella)00:30
  • 27March: Couplet with chorus: Von des Tajo Strand (Zsupán, Chorus)03:36
  • 28Entrance march: Hurra, die Schlacht mitgemacht (Chorus)02:50
  • 29Dialogue: Ich danke Euch (Homonay, Zsupán, Barinkay)00:52
  • 30Finale: Heiraten vivat! (Chorus, Barinkay, Arsena, Mirabella, Zsupán, Homonay, Saffi, Czipra)02:50
  • Total Runtime01:57:46

Info for J. Strauss II: Der Zigeunerbaron (Live)

Johann Strauss Jr. is the most prominent member of the famous musical Strauss family and with more than 500 dance compositions to his name, became known as ‘The Waltz King’. While conducting the world première of his operetta Der Zigeunerbaron at the Theater an der Wien on 24 October 1885, Strauss junior lived one of, if not the biggest, stage successes of his career. Der Zigeunerbaron received 87 successive performances, which made it even more successful than Die Fledermaus and during the composer’s lifetime alone, the operetta was performed in more than 140 theaters. Originally Strauss intended to perform the 3 act operetta, on a libretto by Ignaz Schnitzer, at the Vienna Court Opera,rather than the Theater an der Wien. Even though this didn’t work out for contractual reasons, it may be seen as a reflection of the composer’s ambition to outgrow the dance hall. Der Zigeunerbaron clearly is a much more dramatic piece than Die Fledermaus and is by many considered to be a comic opera, instead of a genuine operetta. Johann Strauss junior forever stayed The Waltz King, but Der Zigeunerbaron became a success until present day. With the release of this 2-SACD album, now to be enjoyed in a splendid May 2015 recording by the NDR Radiophilharmonie and the NDR Chor conducted by Lawrence Foster.

Nikolai Schukoff (Sándor Barinkay)
Heinz Zednik (Conte Carnero)
Renate Pitscheider (Mirabella)
Claudia Barainsky (Saffi)
Markus Brüc (Graf Homonay)
Jochen Schmeckenbecher (Kálmán Zsupán)
Jasmina Sakr (Arsena)
Khatuna Mikaberidze (Czipra)
Paul Kaufmann (Ottokar / Pali)
Lawrence Foster (Herold)
NDR Chor & NDR Radiophilharmonie
Larry Foster, conductor

NDR Radiophilharmonie
Excellent quality in an exceptional diversity of musical styles – the NDR Radiophilharmonie, based in Hannover, Germany, enjoys a reputation of being one of the world’s most flexible orchestras.

Whatever the concert programme demands, the 86 outstanding musicians of the NDR Radio- philharmonie perform as a first class symphony orchestra, a special ensemble for baroque music or one of the finest crossover orchestras there is. Another area which is of high importance to the orchestra is the wide range of concert series and innovative projects for children and youths.

Thus, the list of leading artists whom the NDR Radiophilharmonie has collaborated with is as divers and impressive as the orchestra itself, ranging from stars like Anne- Sophie Mutter, Hélène Grimaud, Hilary Hahn, Philippe Jaroussky or Rudolf Buchbinder over sensational conductors like Gustavo Dudamel, Andris Nelsons, Kristjan Järvi or Cornelius Meister to Jazz legends like Al Jarreau and Chet Baker – to mention just a few.

Also, the NDR Radiophilharmonie has strengthened its international profile with concerts throughout Europe as well as in Japan, South America and Abu Dhabi. Worth mentioning also are guest invitations to the International Bergen Festival, the Pisa Festival, the renowned Klubhaus concerts in Switzerland or London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Since the beginning of the season 2014/15, new chief conductor Andrew Manze continues the orchestra’s unique artistic work.

NDR Choir
The North German Radio Choir (NDR Chor) was formed in 1946 and is now one of the leading professional chamber choirs in Germany. Since August 2008 its artistic director has been Philipp Ahmann.

The NDR Chor performs and takes part in radio broadcasts, generally with the ensembles associated with North German Radio but, today more than ever, it focuses on music for unaccompanied voices extending from early music to the present day.

Since the start of the 2009/10 season the NDR Chor offers its own series of subscription concerts as a regular feature of the musical life of Hamburg. In addition to its concerts in Hamburg and in the transmission area of the NDR, the NDR Chor also appears regularly at festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Hamburg International Music Festival, the International Händel Festival in Göttingen, the Lower Saxony Music Festival and the Mecklenburg- Vorpommern Festival. Internationally, the chorus has performed at the Lucerne Festival, the Festival Septembre Musical in Montreux, the Prague Spring Festival and the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music in London.

The NDR Chor also appears frequently with other distinguished ensembles such as the Accademia Bizantina, Concerto Köln, the Belgian Baroque orchestra B’Rock, Ensemble Resonanz, the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam.

Among the conductors with whom the NDR Chor has worked are Eric Ericson, Marcus Creed, Stephen Layton, Christopher Hogwood, Sir Roger Norrington, Daniel Barenboim, Michael Gielen, Thomas Hengelbrock, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Andris Nelsons and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Lawrence Foster
Since 2013 Lawrence Foster has held the position of Music Director of l’Opéra de Marseille and l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, with which he toured in the summer of 2014 and conducted at the Kissinger Sommer and in China.

As a guest conductor he appeared with l’Orchestre National de Lyon, Montreal Symphony, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, and the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne among others.

Following his ten-year tenure as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Mr. Foster was appointed Conductor Laureate of the Gulbenkian Orchestra. Over the past years, he and the orchestra toured extensively with appearances at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest and the Kissinger Sommer Festival. His discography with the Orchestra includes a number of highly praised recordings for PENTATONE, notably a CD of violin works by Bruch, Chausson and Korngold, and a CD featuring Bartok’s Two Portraits, Ligeti’s Romanian Concerto, Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta and Háry János Suite.

Mr. Foster previously held Music Directorships with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Jerusalem Symphony, Houston Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Mr. Foster has conducted in major opera houses throughout the world. Recent opera engagements in included La Traviata at the Savonlinna Opera Festival as well as opera productions of The Flying Dutchman and Falstaff in Marseille and Magic Flute and Debussy’s La chute de la Maison Usher together with G. Getty’s Usher House at the San Francisco Opera.

Booklet for J. Strauss II: Der Zigeunerbaron (Live)

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