"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 2017 New Year's Concert took place on January 1, 2017, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel in the Vienna Musikverein. Gustavo Dudamel, who was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela in 1981, became the youngest conductor in the 75 year history of the New Year's Concert. In 2007, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the Vienna Philharmonic for the first time at the Lucerne Festival and made his debut at the Vienna Philharmonic Subscription Concerts in 2011. Dudamel conducted the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn in 2012 and led the orchestra on its traditional Vienna Philharmonic Week in Japan in 2014.
The 2017 New Year's Concert was broadcast in over 90 countries and followed by up to 50 million television viewers around the world.