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Kálmán, Imre: The Bayadere (NPD85655/2) (Two CD’s)

Kálmán, Imre: The Bayadere (NPD85655/2) (Two CD’s)


 
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An operetta in 3 acts with libretto by J. Brammer and A. Grunwald.
At last, after more than 70 years, this masterpiece of Kalman's has finally received its world premiere recording. Those who love Kalman's other great operettas, "Countess Maritza" and "The Czardess Princess," will not be disappointed. Here is another beautiful work, with orchestrations as lush as Rachmaninoff's and breathtaking melodies, performed with style and verve. This was the favorite operetta of world-famous writer Ayn Rand, who as a teenager in Soviet Russia relied on European operetta to buoy her spirits until she could escape to the West. Although "Bayadere's" plot and dialog are somewhat weak even by operetta standards, the haunting, exotic music is not to be missed. The love duets "Yours Will I Be Evermore" and "Roses from the Ganges" rival any aria by Puccini. I would have preferred hearing this work in the original German, but the songs have been skillfully and sensitively rendered into English. The booklet that comes with the 2 CD set shows scenes from the production, which the talented singers perform with enthusiasm. Eric Fennell, Buck Hujabre, Susan Miller, John Pickle, Julie Wright; Ohio Light Opera Orchestra; J. Lynn Thompson, conductor. Includes complete libretto