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Happy New Year: Die Operettengala aus Dresden ()

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While the Vienna Philharmonic famously ushers in the New Year with Strauss waltzes, the Dresden Staatskapelle celebrates in its own buoyant way with a concert of light music from the field of operetta, presented at Gottfried Semper's Dresden Opera. For the kickoff of 2013, Christian Thielemann leads the orchestra and the Dresden State Opera Choir in a lively program of vocal and choral numbers from the works of Emmerich Kßlmßn. A contemporary of Franz Lehßr, Kßlmßn is remembered today as the composer of such "silver age" operettas as GrSfin Mariza, which is generously excerpted here, as well as Die Csßrdßsfnrstin, Die Zirkusprinzessin, Kaiserin Josephine, Die Herzogin von Chicago, and Das Veilchen vom Montmartre, among others. This glittering Deutsche Grammophon showcase features soprano Ingeborg Sch÷pf and tenor Piotr Beczala as vocal soloists, whose romantic voices infuse the music with passion and charm, and together they create a wonderfully festive atmosphere with their duets. Packaged with the CD... Hide synopsis

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