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« Reply #3270 on: December 09, 2021, 09:21:20 pm »


Leo Fall: Der Fidele Bauer Cantus Line 2 cd's

Another less well operetta. Leo Fall (1873-1925) a contemporary of Lehár,was one of the most successful composers of operetta,in the early years of the 20th century. His music is highly regarded by many connoisseur's of the genre (to quote Gramophone) "not least for his quirkily individual word-setting and the chamber textures of his orchestration". He was also very good at writing memorable tunes and his music is less sentimental than Lehár's! Yet,after his early death in 1925,his music seems to have slipped into,undeserved,obscurity. This delightful operetta is full of lovely tunes and orchestration. This particular recording is of a 1954 production,originally broadcast on German radio. The cast is very good indeed,and it is very well performed,and sung,with a nice feeling for atmosphere.some dialogue between numbers (not too much!) and judicious use of sound effects,where required. I have the recent Cpo set,which is obviously in superior sound,but the standard of singing is nowhere near as good. (I was unimpressed,as were the Amsterdam Operetta Research Centre,it seems!) The mono sound is excellent. I rate Leo Fall very highly. It's a crying shame that emi-electrola didn't include at least one Leo Fall operetta (or,Light Opera!) in their operetta series. The Cpo set does enable you to hear Fall's orchestrations in modern,stereo sound;but this old mono production beats it,hands down,in terms of the quality of the singing and the conducting. (Franz Marszalek was a specialist in the field & very highly rated by students of the genre!) I should point out that the 'cd's',with these Cantus sets,are actually cd-r's! I have had no problems with any of them,to date!
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