This work is likely not in the public domain in the US (due to first publication with the required notice after , plus renewal or “restoration” under the. Lehár’s 28th completed work for the stage, Paganini (), took fourteen months to compose, and typifies the last phase of the silver age of operetta. It is also. The title role in Paganini was the first that Lehár wrote expressly for Richard Tauber, although he had already sung in Zigeunerliebe and Frasquita some years.

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Tauber had a contract with the Berlin State Opera, which required him to be in Stockholm at the time of the Vienna premiere.

It was not until January that he sang the role for the first time in Berlin. However the Berlin impresario was at first reluctant to mount Paganini at all since it received such a cool reception in Vienna.

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In the event it turned out that the Berlin production was a great success and ran for three months. She is probably best remembered for her collaboration with Tauber. The play opens with a group pganini villagers standing in front of the tavern listening to Paganini playing inside.


Henry Raudales plays exquisitely with pinpoint double-stops.

Paganini (Lehár, Franz)

Then the story begins to unfold. Anna Lehra has her entrance song, backed up by the chorus of villagers and then hears the violin playing and wonders who it is.

Paganini appears and sings a song in praise of his native land, Bella Italia. In a duet Paganini tells the princess about his love of his instrument.

In her next song Anna Elisa admits that, in spite lehqr already being married, she has fallen in love with the violinist: Another love story sails up. Now we are beginning to see a true operetta story. This second couple also sings a duet, a charming waltz, and then we reach the first act finale, almost a quarter-of-an-hour long. Here Paganini learns who the charming lady is and he falls in love with her, as she had already done with him.

When the second act begins six months have passed and Paganini has been appointed maestro di capella of the court in Lucca, where the Prince and Princess reign — and Bella is the prima donna. He is sad because he has lost everything he owns to Pimpinelli in a game of cards, yes, everything; worst of all: Pimpinelli psganini to give it back if Paganini tells him how he charms the women.

Then follows the most famous song in the operetta and one of the most famous in any operetta: I have a better suggestion: It is also very well sung.

Paganini (Lehár, Franz) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

Kristiane Kaiser, after a good but slightly hesitant start, only gets better and better. She is in the Anneliese Rothenberger class, which is praise indeed. Zoran Todorovich, who has taken part in several earlier operetta recordings for CPO, is here at his most charming and brilliant. He has gradually taken on more dramatic roles over the last few years — singing Lohengrin and Otello among other things.


His voice has darkened but he has retained the schmaltz in the tone. He sings some truly wonderful pianissimo phrases, worthy of a Nicolai Gedda. Ulf Schirmer is a masterly operetta conductor and his choral and orchestral forces are also well versed in the idiom.

The operetta was recorded live at a concert and there is some applause. Otherwise there is little that reveals there is an audience present. A couple of hang-ups though: The spoken dialogue is very clearly recorded but for those with no German or who are less than fluent a libretto with translations would have been welcome.

Then, less seriously perhaps, several timings have been mixed up in the track-list. The old Electrola recording with Nicolai Lehzr and Anneliese Rothenberger has recently been reissued for the umpteenth time and it will probably never be completely surpassed, but a cast of Kristiane Kaiser, Zoran Todorovich and the rest is a serious pagqnini.

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