"James Last is a German big band leader with a large fan base in Europe, although he has never had a comparable following in the United States. Last's trademark is arranging pop hits in a big-band style; his series of "party albums" is equally well-known. Over the course of his career, he has sold well over 50 million albums."
The world’s greatest tenor presents an evening of melodies from a golden era + an engrossing documentary. NB German-language documentary. Accompanying the new album, the Blu-ray “Du bist die Welt für mich - Live Performance from Berlin”. Jonas dedicates an evening to the glorious tunes made famous by the tenor stars of Berlin’s legendary heyday.
"This delightful disc of Viennese fluff contains some marvelous tunes, plenty of enticing waltz music. The comfortable, slightly soft edged recording suits the music perfectly." ~classicstoday.com
This disc contains arias from operettas by Lehár, Zeller, Millöcker, Johann Strauss and Kálman. Performed by Fritz Wunderlich, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Hilde Gueden, Anneliese Rothenberger, Nicolai Gedda, Jussi Björling, Rita Streigh, Richard Tauber and others. The recordings are from 1950's, so don't expect super crisp hi-fi quality, it is more about artistic excellence.
The word operetta itself means „little opera” ; as a form it is a comedy which prospered in the second part of the XIX. Century and the beginning of the XX. Century. Overtures, songs , interacts and many chattering are typical for its content.
The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.